Earlier this summer I put a call out for help. My beloved Kenmore gas grill, which has been a staple in my house since 2004, was on its last leg and I needed to find a replacement. I debated trying to salvage it but after many discussions with my wife, OK one talk that ended in “You’re not going to buy a torch and welder’s mask. You’ll burn down Dormont.” it was decided that I would get a new grill as an early Father’s Day present. The big debate would be gas or charcoal.
We were always gas people since it was fast and, well it was fast. We never had bad meals because of the source of the heat and since we spent some time in townhouses charcoal wasn’t an option. I’ve always wanted to smoke and bbq but with gas that could get expensive. In a surprising twist my wife was the one who said to go charcoal because there’s something unique about the taste charcoal gives. Knowing she was on board with taste over convenience, and figuring out our budget, it came down to 2 models. Brinkmann Charcoal Grill with Off Set Smoker (810-3015-S) vs Weber One Touch Gold 22.5 at my toy store, Home Depot.
I’ve always wanted a Weber. There’s something about the culture and community with owning one and I always thought they were pretty sweet. They look simple but get the job done and of course “the pros use it”. The Brinkmann though had an off-set smoker which I really liked too and could help me as I work on my bbq. In the end my wife went out and bought the one she thought I would like.
Introducing the Brinkmann!
She pulled in with the grill, a chimney starter, hickory charcoal and a few other grilling toys. Yes, I was loving this and ready to get cooking. It took roughly 2.5 hours to put together and then a few hours to season. According to the manual, if I didn’t do this correctly there would be fumes or some toxic overload would rise and kill us all.
I managed to cook chicken one night on it and it was a disaster. The barrel couldn’t hold heat at all. Smoke poured out of it and the air flow was miserable to manage. Quickly my disappointment set it for both of us and when it came to cleaning, I would rather take care of my kids with the flu. They’re less of a mess.
I had a cover put over it and even with that it began to rust within a week. The pics show some of the rust but it was all over. Heartbroken I went online and found out that this is a problem with the model and that there are sites dedicated to hacks for most Brinkmann grills because of countless issues. Emails to the company were never returned either.
Thanks to Home Depot‘s 90 return policy and the incredible assistance by the Ben Avon store superstar Kelly, she made sure I was fitted with the perfect grill.
Winner Winner Weber errr grill!
Set up was simple and only took 20 minutes and when I was finished light shined off the the death star of grilling. The big difference between the One Touch Gold and Silver is that the gold has a very easy to remove ash trap and cleaning system. It is absolutely worth the extra $50 between the models for it.
The quality and craftsmanship is impeccable. While gas will probably come back to play some day I’m sold on this brand for my charcoal needs.
The biggest obstacle I’ve had is learning the air flow for controlling temp. It’s not difficult but a matter of getting it to fit my preference. There is a manual which came with the grill that shows you estimated cook times and how to adjust the intake to get temps where you need it. Also there is an incredible online community for support and plenty of how-to videos on YouTube and their site.
Added bonus is the selection of accessories you can get for your grill and collection of recipes available which I have taken advantage of.
I wanted to get this post online so I could not only give you an update but start posting some of the dinners I’ve made so far. I’ve already done ribs, burgers, steaks, chicken and last weekend was brisket! Ugh I’m making myself hungry again.
Weber has taken something as simple as a grill and turned it into a way of life. I’m reading up on rubs and have joined a few bbq boards so I can get up to speed on not only my tools but grilling and bbq in general.