Grill It

Discussion in 'What's Cooking?' started by HD MM, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. HD MM

    HD MM Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Master

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2006
    Posts:
    15,837
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Believeland, Ohio
    Ok, so we have an outdoor smoking thread, an outdoor convection cooker thread, a southwestern cooking dish thread, a dutch oven cooking thread. I thought it was about time we get a plain old "Grilling" Thread going....

    Grilling using propane, gas or charcoal is the most often used method for quick outdoor cooking. Especially during the summer, I try to cook on the grill as often as possible. When I don't want to mess with charcoal or my smoker, I just fire up my grill. It's quick and has limited cleanup.

    So for the purpose of this thread, please let us know:

    1. What type of grill you use and why.

    2. Share some grilling experiences and/or recipes with us.
     
  2. stimpson

    stimpson Miller Lite Tester

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Posts:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Benton, Arkansas
    I currently have the WSM and a POS gasser I bought a few years ago from Accademy Sports. I grilled some steaks the other night over the charcoal bowl of the WSM with some RO lump. WOW. Forgot how good food tastes over charcoal. Giving the gasses to my sister in law and gettin a Weber Performer. Going strickly charcoal.
     
  3. HD MM

    HD MM Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Master

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2006
    Posts:
    15,837
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Believeland, Ohio
    I have a Weber Genesis Silver natural gas grill. It's a 3 burner grill and also has a side burner. I have a natural gas line hookup out on my deck, so I don't have to worry about ever refueling a propane tank. Not sure of the differences if any between propane and natural gas, but I've been happy with the gas.

    This is a picture of my grill model below...

    [​IMG]

    To me, the difference in taste between a gas and charcoal cook isn't much. The smoke taste comes from wood, not charcoal, but that's a discussion for a different thread. IMO, the way to achieve a perfect grill is all about temperture control, seasoning and accurate cook times. The easy start-up, easy temperture control and easy clean-up makes the grill an ideal choice for everyday outdoor cooking.

    Just last night I cooked burgers and corn on the cobb on the grill. Total cook time was 10 minutes!

    Burgers:

    Makes 2 patties:
    1lb ground meat. (75/25)
    Seasoned with BBQ 3000 (seasoning from Penzy's Spices)
    Salt & Pepper
    A few shakes of A1 Steak Sauce
    2 TSP of Water (the water keeps the burgers super moist.)
    Mix ingredients and form burgers.

    Cook over direct medium heat for 10 minutes, turning once.

    The burgers turned out excellent. Very moist and flavorful. 10 minutes over medium heat produces a medium temperatured burger. I melted a slice of munster and cheddar on each burger to finish them off. I also made sure to grill the buns. Hellman's Mayo, a fresh tomato slice and iceberg topped the finished product.

    Corn on the Cobb:

    Peel husk and silk.
    Slather melted butter and seasoning over corn.
    Grill over direct medium heat for 10-12 minutes.


    There is another method I use to cook with the husks still on, but that involves soaking for at least 30 minutes and sealing the husks back up after buttering/seasoning the insides. I was too hungry to do this and instead opted for the husked corn and quicker option. The corn was tender and yielded great grill marks. I also almost didn't need additional butter after the corn was done! Very flavorful.
     
  4. stimpson

    stimpson Miller Lite Tester

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Posts:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Benton, Arkansas
    That's a good looking grill. I'll probably regret getting rid of the gasser, but this particular one I just hate useing. We'll see. I may change my mind again.
     
  5. HD MM

    HD MM Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Master

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2006
    Posts:
    15,837
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Believeland, Ohio
    Well Stimpson, I know your a Weber man like me and love the WSM. IMO, you can't go wrong with any Weber grill. I'd imagine if you tried a Weber gasser and compared it to the "Academy Sport's" one you have, you may grill more often...
     
  6. stimpson

    stimpson Miller Lite Tester

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Posts:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Benton, Arkansas
    I'm sure I would. I use it a lot because I love to grill, but it's pretty neglected. I tried to keep it some what clean but it was a losing battle. If I do ever buy a new gasser, it will be a Weber.
     
  7. StevenD

    StevenD Supporting Founder
    Supporting Founder

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2003
    Posts:
    3,412
    Likes Received:
    433
    Location:
    n
    Ninety percent of the time I use my Weber Performer. I have the gray model pictured below. I probably use it 3-4 days a week.

    I buy mesquite hardwood charcoal for quick grilling, and 100% oak briquettes for longer indirect heat.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. stimpson

    stimpson Miller Lite Tester

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Posts:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Benton, Arkansas
    Cool. Where did you get a grey one?
     
  9. vampz26

    vampz26 SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2006
    Posts:
    3,399
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Chicago
    When it comes to corn on the cob...arguably, I think the best way to grill it is to take the cob, husk and all, and throw it on the grill just like that, and leave it there until the husk starts getting burnt. Peal the husk back to a handle (cooling a bit in the process), butter it up and eat.

    You see, the husk retains a lot of moisture, and thanks to evolution the corn cob has evolved to withstand lighteningstrikes in open fields. Throwing a cob on the grill husk and all is nothing! lol...the moisture in the husk steams the cob with its own natural dew and by the time the husk starts drying out and burning...the corn is done...
     
  10. jayn_j

    jayn_j Press On Regardless
    Supporting Founder

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2003
    Posts:
    10,165
    Likes Received:
    2,331
    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    I add a bit to that. I soak the corn for 2 hours in a salt water mix. Every time I turn the corn, I also sprinkle some of the soaking water. That sends a burst of steam into the grill. I don't know if it actually helps the grilling, but it sure wows the guests :)

    Besides, leaving the husk on makes it easier to handle.
     
    #10 jayn_j, Aug 28, 2008
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  11. jayn_j

    jayn_j Press On Regardless
    Supporting Founder

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2003
    Posts:
    10,165
    Likes Received:
    2,331
    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    I use a kenmore that I've had for about 5 years. It has a stainless steel body and cast iron burners that seem to give a more even heat. They certainly have more holes that my previous grills. The biggest feature is that I bought the natural gas model. I never have to worry about an empty bottle. Natural gas also burns a little hotter.

    When I built my previous house, I had them run a gas line out onto the patio. I don't want to do anything permanent on the current rental, so I ran a flex line up from a dryer supply line in the basement.

    Pretty much this one:
    [​IMG]
     
  12. StevenD

    StevenD Supporting Founder
    Supporting Founder

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2003
    Posts:
    3,412
    Likes Received:
    433
    Location:
    n
    It was an exclusive at Crate & Barrel for a while. My better half didnt like the black, blue or green one, so when she saw that one, she said I had to buy it. They have a very nice lime green one now.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. stimpson

    stimpson Miller Lite Tester

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Posts:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Benton, Arkansas
    That's a nice color. Good lookin grill dude.
     
  14. HD MM

    HD MM Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Master

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2006
    Posts:
    15,837
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Believeland, Ohio
    Although I do like the aesthetics and all, to me the Performers are a bit overpriced at $300+. It's a charcoal grill with a table and charcoal bucket. You can get a One Touch for more than half the price.
     
  15. iafirebuff

    iafirebuff SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2006
    Posts:
    4,392
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Waterloo, Iowa
    We have an LP gas grill and a Weber charcoal grill. We use the LP for quick cooking, and the Weber when we have more time or are smoking meat :)
     
  16. dfergie

    dfergie Proud Staff Member
    Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU!

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2003
    Posts:
    88,389
    Likes Received:
    3,401
    Location:
    west of the pecos, between Otis and first contact
    I have a Fiesta LP grill given as a 25 year service award about 7 years ago... had always used charcoal before... It does the trick for me... and 2 small LP grills for camping that use the small propane Lantern or Heater bottles...
     
  17. Bobby

    Bobby Publican
    Supporting Founder

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2003
    Posts:
    54,024
    Likes Received:
    7,637
    Location:
    Rohnert Park, CA
    I use a 22" Weber kettle. I'm on my second one over 30 years. I always cook with mesquite chunks. Say what you want about no difference between gas and wood but wood leaves flavor where gas leaves nothing but the product you're cooking.
     
  18. stimpson

    stimpson Miller Lite Tester

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Posts:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Benton, Arkansas
    Is that all you use? No charcoal?
     
  19. Bobby

    Bobby Publican
    Supporting Founder

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2003
    Posts:
    54,024
    Likes Received:
    7,637
    Location:
    Rohnert Park, CA
  20. stimpson

    stimpson Miller Lite Tester

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Posts:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Benton, Arkansas
    Gotcha. Thanks.
     

Separate names with a comma.

More...