Key to Grilling Success: The Right Accessories
TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ - There's more to creating a memorable backyard
barbecue than great food and a top-notch grill. Having the right grilling
accessories at your fingertips can help all your meals go from the kitchen to
the grill to the table faster, safer and tastier.
If you don't want to break the bank this Father's Day, but want to help
the man of the house be a master at the grill, why not give him a great
grilling accessory -an affordable and practical gift.
Did You Know?
"Accessories can mean the difference between ordinary results and a
brilliantly cooked meal," said chef Jamie Purviance, author of the new Weber
cookbook, "Weber's Way to Grill." "Accessories allow you to have more control
over the food and the flames so that you can take better advantage of
Here's a checklist of the top grilling accessories recommended by
Purviance. For more tips, techniques and recipes, visit www.waytogrill.com.
Tongs are essential, but you can never have just one pair. Grillers
should use two separate pairs when cooking - one pair to handle raw food, a
second pair to remove grilled food. Also, decide on a third pair for
rearranging charcoal if necessary.
Keep It Clean
Cleaning your grill can extend its life and enhance the performance.
Purviance recommends using a solid, long-handled grill brush with
stainless-steel bristles to clean off grates before and after grilling.
Grill To Perfection
"If you have ever overcooked a fine cut of meat, you know the importance
of a good digital thermometer," Purviance said. An instant-read thermometer is
necessary for quickly gauging the internal temperature of meat when grilling.
For the most accurate read, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of
the cut and avoid touching any bone.
Make The Best Of Your Grill
"If you want to cook large hunks of meat - such as pork loins, whole
chickens, turkey, duck and prime rib - a rotisserie attachment is a good
investment," said Purviance. "The advantage of a rotisserie is that the food
slowly self-bastes as it rotates and absorbs the flavours of the fire." If
your grill doesn't have a rotisserie attachment, Weber offers them for gas
Fire It Up Faster
A chimney starter lets you start the coals faster and more evenly. Look
for a 5-quart chimney starter capable of holding around 80 to 100 briquettes.
Make sure it has two handles: A heat-proof side handle for lifting the chimney
and a hinged top handle to provide support when dumping hot coals onto the
In the past, basting brushes were made of wooden or plastic handles and
synthetic or natural boar bristles. "Today, many are made of stainless steel
with silicone bristles that have beads at the tips to help load the brush with
a sauce or marinade," said Purviance. "This new high-tech style can also go
right into the dishwasher."
Upgrade Your Skewers
Metal skewers or a kabob set are great alternatives to using bamboo
skewers, which need to be soaked in water for 30 minutes prior to use on the
grill. The two-pronged Weber Style Stainless Steel Kabob set keeps food from
rotating, allowing food to cook more evenly.
A wire rib rack holds multiple slabs of ribs upright so that heat
circulates around the ribs, cooking them evenly, and allows the pork fat to
drip down and away from the ribs. Plus, it frees up valuable cooking space on
For more great grilling tips, techniques and recipes, visit
Weber-Stephen Products Co., headquartered in Palatine, Ill., is the
world's leading manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills, grilling accessories
and other outdoor room products. In 1952, founder George Stephen sparked a
backyard revolution with his invention of the Weber(R) kettle. More than 55
years later, the family-owned company remains the industry leader with its
Weber(R), Weber(R) Q(TM) and Ducane(R) brands. As a leading exporter of
grills, Weber brand products are sold worldwide at selected home centres,
hardware stores, department stores, patio stores, and other retail outlets.
Weber has the strongest consumer outreach program in the industry with its
Weber Grill-Line(SM)(1-800-474-5568)(*), Weber Customer Service in the U.S.A.
(1-800-446-1071)(*), through its Canadian distributor Onward Manufacturing
(1-800-265-2150), and a content-rich website with grilling tips, techniques,
and original Weber recipes at www.weber.com(R).
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