This section of the website is devoted to recommending products that I use first hand. Most of these products can be seen in photos that are on grilling24x7.com. Amazon.com has great prices and they are a very reliable company with great return policies. I get commission from Amazon for every product purchased below through these links.
I just received my first Thermapen after hearing about how amazing they are for a couple of years now. Well all the hype is true. This grilling thermometer is the most accurate quick reading thermometer I've ever used. I honestly use my Thermapen almost everyday for uses ranging from baking cakes to measuring internal chicken breast temperature. It's amazing. If you purchase a Thermapen directly from their site I get a small commission. Even if I didn't get a commission, I would still say it's the best thermometer ever.
And check this out! Thermapen even has a new backlit version!
The makers of Thermapen also came up with a really nice Chef Alarm thermometer which contains a count down/up timer as well as a high quality thermometer with high and low temperature alarms. This one is made just right for monitoring your long BBQ smokes. Again, I can't recommend these products enough. Totally high quality products here. This is a great option if the original Thermapen is out of your price range. You can get a Thermoworks Chef Alarm for about $60.
A few of the new features include:
- high temperature cables can handle up to 700 degrees F
- low temperature alarm allowing you to keep an eye on falling temperatures
- constant display of the minimum and maximum temperatures that you have reached during a cook
- splash proof
- count up timer
- nine colors to choose from
You'll notice that I am very fond of my rotisserie attachment for my weber charcoal grill. This rotisserie attachment was purchased at Amazon.com. It comes with a very sturdy motor which has been able to support a 14 lb turkey with no problem. The rotisserie also comes with a counterweight to help with rotating those off balance loads. The rotisserie attachment is the same circumference as the Weber Performer grill. It positions in between the lid and the bottom of the charcoal grill. This is where the spit attaches to the motor. This will make your charcoal grill much taller allowing for large foods to be rotated without touching the grates or the dome. The attachment is very easy to remove, you simply pick it and take it off.
Here is a nice cook book to give you some ideas for spicing up your rotisserie chicken!
Note: I've gotten quite a few e-mails from folks telling me that Weber does not say that the rotisserie attachment will fit the Weber Performer charcoal grill. I decided to call Weber and ask. They told me that the Performer has two screws which hold the lid in place when its not on top of the grill and that the rotisserie will rest on these screws rather than the ledges which are in place on the rotisserie attachment. Well after inspecting my grill I think they are right. However, it makes no difference at all. The gap created by resting the rotisserie attachment on the screws rather than the rotisserie ledge is easily under a fraction of an inch. It's so small that smoke doesn't even come out. I think this is a case of Weber's lawyers not allowing them to promote the use of the rotisserie attachment on the Weber Performer. Before I got off the phone the Weber employee told me that she's been selling rotisserie attachments to Performer owners for over 12 years so that should tell you something. Take it from me: it fits and it works great!
Every time I light the grill, I always fill up my Weber Charcoal Chimney. This product helps with lighting your coals. You dump the coals into the chimney. For the Weber Performer, you simply place the chimney over top of the gas ignition. For standard charcoal grills you can squirt lighter fluid or place some napkins soaked in olive oil under neath of the coals and light them with a starter. As soon as the coals start to flame you dump them out onto your grill. This product works so well because the coals are placed on top of one another. This expedites the lighting process.
This product has to be the coolest product available. It is a wireless thermometer that contains two thermocouples. A small black box sits next to your grill and it connects to two separate thermocouples. Normally when I'm doing pork shoulder I will place one of the thermocouples inside the pork and then place the other thermocouple on top of the pork. This allows me to measure internal as well as chamber temperature. The best part is that the display can attach to your belt and the transmitter works over 100 feet away. You can be mowing the lawn and glance down at your belt to check your temperatures. This is great!
If you need a solid charcoal grill don't look anywhere other than Weber. This grill will withstand years of grilling and smoking.
Amazon.com also has a great variety of grilling cookbooks. This is where you will get good ideas for dry rubs and other aspects of the recipes.
By John Thomas
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