My Weber Barbecue Grill
True Confession Time – about a Weber Barbecue Grill! Life is often so busy that I don’t always get everything done. The vital things DO get done – yay! The not-so-vital….sometimes not so much. One thing I’ve ignored for two years – figuring out how to use a Weber barbecue grill I was given – finally got taken care of this past month.
Weber Spirit Gas Grill NO-How
A dear friend gave me her used Weber Spirit gas grill when she got married. This propane bbq grill is really nice, works great, and has been put to good use a couple of times when friends came over. Those friends included skilled young men (sweet sons-in-law 😉 ) who knew just how to make it work well. The tri-tips they cooked for us were delish!
But when they weren’t here, that Weber barbecue grill just sat there, glaring at me, looking ominous and complicated. In other words – it intimidated me to pieces. I opened it once. Then promptly closed it. I was afraid I might do something wrong.
I had used charcoal grills many times over the years and did fine with them.
But mine was a Weber BBQ grill that used propane gas. MUCH more complicated! Right?
Give Up? No Way! Hooray!
After two years, I finally decided I should just give it away to someone who would use it. When I mentioned it to my friend, she said, “Don’t do that! I will come over and show you how to use it this week.” (She’d offered before but our schedules never meshed for that – we were always busy having fun with other projects.)
I hated to be a bother and said no need. But three days later, she popped over with a handy dandy little guide she had made that said:
1. Open Lid
2. Turn knob(s) on (gas)
3. Push button (ignite)
4. Yummy food
5. Turn Knob(s) off
“What! No Way! That’s way too easy,” I exclaimed!
She then walked over to that Weber barbecue grill, did exactly those steps, and WHAMMO – it worked. It worked well! It worked easily! It IS easy!
Hmmmmm, I have to admit, I felt a bit sheepish! (A lot, really!) And happy! Ecstatic, actually! That night, I pulled out that pretty pink paper (well, I actually pulled out my cell phone where a photo of those BBQ grill instructions now resides) and followed the directions exactly. And guess what! It made a delicious tri-tip for my senior mom and me!
Oh….my…..gracious!!! I can’t wait til the next time I BBQ. I’m planning on getting a little more experimental with my tri-tip. Cut it in strips instead of chunks. Learn more about cutting properly on the grain (see below). (OK. I admit. I’m not a super-experimental cook. But still….it’s a change. 😉 ).
Roseville Sacramento Propane BBQ Resources
If my experience has encouraged you to give it a try and you don’t have someone offering you a free one, then YES. There are plenty of places here in the Roseville Sacramento area to buy your own propane BBQ.
Walmart, on the other hand, looks to have several choices in-store.
Then again, this area is a great BBQ territory. That being the case, you might prefer a fancier BBQ – propane or charcoal. One with plenty of bells and whistles. (Tho I don’t know if my red “cheatsheet” will help with those extra doodads!)
If so, you are in luck. Here are some fun specialty stores to check out:
- California Backyard – Roseville (always a fave for our family), 1529 Eureka Rd., Roseville, 916-773-4800 – Their page on Barbecues and Grills is titled, “The Best Weber Deal in Town!”
- California Backyard – Arden-Arcade, 2901 Arden Way, Sacramento, 916-488-5100
- Diablo Grills BBQ Specialty Store – 10100 Fairway Drive, #100, Roseville 916-361-7100
- The BBQ Pro, 10136 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, 916-595-7444 – their website has a blog and shares classes they offer.
Gas Barbecue Store Reviews
Want more info about these stores that carry charcoal and gas barbecue grills? Here are links to some reviews for each:
Barbecue Grilling Tips
I found this interesting article on barbecuing in the Sacramento Bee – Learn How to Barbecue Like A Pro, along with a video that goes with it. 🙂
And too cool! I’ll have to check out this video from them on Tri-tip grilling 🙂
For those of us who are a bit challenged on cutting tai-tip, here’s a video on how to cut and grain.
I have to admit, I was still a bit confused. But couple that video with this one and I’m a bit more clear on it all. And I will definitely be cutting thinner in the future. 🙂
YOUR Barbecue and Grilling Tips
If you try any of these ideas/tips or buy a new Weber barbecue grill (or any other type of bbq), we’d love to hear how it goes. Or if you have any tips for me, do share them in the comments or at Facebook – RosevilleCaliforniaJoys. I’d love to hear them. 🙂
P.S. For those of you who are super busy and prefer to order a Weber barbecue grill, you’ll be happy to know that Amazon has a great selection including the Spirit gas grill that looks a bit like mine.