Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Breaking In Our New Weber Genesis Grill

Weber Genesis Grill

We finally decided a few months ago that our old Charbroil grill's life was at an end. It wasn't a bad grill - it lasted us for almost ten years - but it was falling apart, and trying to fix it would cost as much as replacing it.

So, a new grill it was. After some shopping around, we decided on the Weber Genesis E330. We wanted something that would last a long time and be easy to get parts/accessories for. The great reviews for the Genesis, along with how happy we've been with our Weber Smokey Mountain, made it a pretty easy decision.

Sicilian Sausage with Onions and Peppers
Sicilian Sausage with Onions and Peppers

We had the new grill assembled and in use a few hours after it arrived. The inaugural grilling event was sausage and peppers. The sausages were Sicilian Sausages, from Rytek Kutas' "Great Sausage Recipes" - one of our favorites of the sausages we have made.

BBQ Chicken
BBQ Chicken

This grilled chicken with barbecue sauce is something I grew up with. I need to have it at least once a year.

Fire-Roasted Artichokes
Fire-Roasted Artichokes

We weren't sure what to expect when we tried this recipe from Mario Batali's "Molto Italiano", but it has quickly become one of our favorite ways of cooking artichokes. The outside gets completely charred, but you don't eat that anyway. The bits of garlic and lemon that get pushed in between the petals get condensed down into bright, tangy bits of flavor.

Thai Steak Salad
Thai Steak Salad

A simple staple in our house when the weather is warm. I never get tired of the blend of flavors and textures of grilled meat, chiles, fish sauce and crisp salad.

Kalbi with Cab Cooks' Korean Cucumber Salad
Kalbi with Cab Cooks' Korean Cucumber Salad

We wanted to make Cab Cooks' recipe for Korean Cucumber Salad (it is very good - you should try it), so we complemented it with some pre-marinated meat (boneless beef short rib and marinated pork collar) from Zion Market.

Roast Pork Belly with Lentils and Chard
Roast Pork Belly with Lentils and Chard

Roast pork belly isn't a typical dish to do on the grill, but we had some already brined (using the recipe from Fergus Henderson's "Nose To Tail") and our oven was on the fritz. We put the belly on a small sheet pan and used the grill like an oven. It worked great.

In the short time we've had it, our new Weber grill has seen a lot of use and we couldn't be happier with it. We look forward to getting a lot of good years of grilling out of it.

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the new grill! If we didn't have a gas grill already, that would have been my choice too. Everything looks delicious. I'll have to try fire roasting artichokes.

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    1. The artichokes really are very good, as well as easy to do.

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