Napoleon Prestige Pro Gas Grills Review

Napoleon Prestige Pro gas grills are some of the premiere products the company has to offer. Napoleon is a respected name in the grilling world, being know as a company committed to producing high quality products and the Prestige Pro gas grills are not an exception.

Great design and performance are common characteristics of all the four models in the Prestige Pro Series, which we’ll analyze in this review. Differences between models can be easily analyzed in the comparison table below.

Cooking & Features

With four primary burners able to generate up to 56,000 BTUs, the Napoleon Prestige Pro gas grills are some of the most powerful available. While it is not the decisive factor for establishing the cooking performance of a grill, the generated power is an important indicator and with 56,000 BTUs the Napoleon Prestige Pro gas grills generate outstanding power and heat. With high power also comes high fuel consumption so make sure you choose the level of power according to your grilling needs. Anyway, if you are looking for a grill that will get hot fast, the Prestige Pro grills are some of the best choices available.

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Infrared rotisserie burner

These gas grills come equipped with a stainless steel rear infrared rotisserie burner capable of generating between 18,000 BTUs on the PRO500 models and 26,500 BTUs on the PRO600 models. With this amount of power, this burner is one of the most powerful of this type on any gas grill available. The infrared technology enables the burner to cook meat evenly and retain heat, so the rotisserie burners are great for cooking slow-cooking meats and preparing unique dishes.

Further more, the PRO500RSIB and PRO600RSIB models come equipped with side burners capable of 12,500 BTUs or 14,000 BTUs, great for side dishes or more cooking in the same time.

All the Napoleon Prestige Pro gas grills feature an electronic ignition system – the Jetfire ignition system – which lights the burners by igniting a jet of gas. Electronic ignitions are very efficient at getting a flame going, but they also require a battery, which needs to be replaced occasionally.

 

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Integrated ice bucket

The primary cooking space on the Prestige Pro grills is up to 600 sq.in. and the warming rack area is 322 sq.in. With a total of 922 sq.in. the cooking space is impressive and makes these grills perfect for hosting large events and parties. You can be sure that no guest will be waiting while others are being served. So if you have lots of friends coming to your barbecues,you can be sure a Napoleon Prestige Pro gas grill will not let you down.

The ACCU-PROBE™ temperature gauge, a standard feature on all Prestige Pro grills, lets you know at any time how hot your grill is getting.

The large side shelves can be used for housing condiments, utensils or other grilling accessories and your grilling tools can easily be hang on the mounted tool brackets. The integrated ice bucket with cutting board on the side shelf is a nice feature. Flip the lid of the side shelf over and you have a sturdy cutting surface. Under the lid, there’s a space for adding ice where you can keep your drinks cold or keep your burgers until you are ready for grilling. Even if this type of features don’t improve cooking quality, it adds some little extra help and sets Prestige Pro grills from other grills.

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Optional charcoal tray

Looking for those charcoal grilling flavours? An optional charcoal tray is available as an optional feature which ads the fun and flavour of charcoal on your gas grill.

A removable drip pan is available for collecting the juices and moisture from the grill.

Fuel

The Prestige Pro gas grills are available as liquid propane or natural gas fueled units. A 10-feet flexible hose is included with the natural gas fueled units. For LP fueled ones, the 20-lb. propane tank is not included. This fuel versatility is great in a grill, especially as today, natural gas grills are becoming more popular. Once installed, you no longer have to worry about gas level and trips to the gas station for filling the depleted propane tank.

Construction

Built to last, the Napoleon Prestige Pro gas grills are made of heavy-duty stainless steel resistant to rust and wear. The Prestige Pro gas grills are not only performant, but also look great. Thoughtful chrome details on the lid and handles give a nice sleek feel. Every piece of this grill is masterfully constructed and organized for maximum convenience. The tool hooks are easily accessible, and the unappealing bits are tucked away, allowing for an impressive combination of presentation and performance.
The high cooking space also comes with high exterior dimensions. The Prestige Pro grills measure 74 inches wide and weights 282 pounds, so it is not really a choice for limited spaces. Mounted under the pedestal base, the locking casters make moving and positioning of the grill easy. 

Help & Support

On the company website you can find product features and manuals, grill maintenance tips and even grilling tips. An informative FAQ section is also available. In our research, we have found the customer support team behind the Napoleon grills to be prompt and friendly.

Built to last for a long time, the Napoleon gas grills come with a limited lifetime warranty, which covers the burners for life and the other components for two years. Anyway, with these grills you are most probably not going to have an issue with the grill for a long time.

Summary:

The Napoleon Prestige Pro are top-of-the-line gas grills that not only look great but can also cook great offering great barbecue possibilities. So if you are not limited by your patio space, these grills will surely complete your outdoor living space and make your barbecue parties a hit.

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Grill Roasted New Potatoes

Servings: 6 to 8 | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Grilling time: 15 to 20 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 2 pounds new potatoes, each 1½ to 2 inches in diameter, scrubbed and quartered;
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil;
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt;
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper;
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary leaves;

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Instructions

  1. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  2. In a medium bowl combine the oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Add the potatoes and stir to coat them evenly. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the potatoes over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until tender and browned on all sides, 15 to 20 minutes, scooping and turning with a wide spatula every 5 minutes or so. Remove from the grill and transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl. Serve warm.

Bon appetit!

 

[Recipe source: weber.com]

Napoleon Ultra Chef Grills Review

Napoleon grills have a well deserved reputation for being long lasting, durable products and the Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grills are no different. The grills have a lifetime warranty, a stainless-steel construction, nice versatility and features. Even though they lack in power and cooking space, the Ultra Chef gas grills are suited for smaller spaces and should complement your backyard ensemble quite well. There are five models in the Napoleon Ultra Chef series which we’ll review next and you can easily compare models in the table below.

Cooking Features

All Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grills are equipped with three stainless-steel primary burners, which can generate up to 45,000 BTUs. This is a lot of power for the size of these grills. An infrared rear rotisserie burner is also available on three of the Napoleon Ultra Chef models (the U405RB, UD405RSB and UP405RB). This is a great feature on this type of gas grill, extending its capabilities. A 10,500BTUs side burner is available as an extra option on all models. It’s a nice feature which enables more cooking in the same time.

Considering the primary burners, the infrared rotisserie burner and the optional side burner the total power of the Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grills can get up to 69,500 BTUs. The total cooking space of the Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grills is 570 sq.in, with 405 sq.in. primary cooking space and 165 sq.in. warming rack space. The Ultra Chef gas grills are designed to fit in smaller spaces and even if the cooking space may seem small compared to other grills, it is still enough for cooking several items at once. The cooking grates are made of porcelain-coated cast iron, great for retaining heat while preventing food from sticking to the grill.

Small features like the built-in heat gauge, side shelf space and tool hooks make cooking easier.

Fuel

The Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grills are available as liquid propane or natural gas fueled units. A 10-feet flexible hose is included with the natural gas fueled units. For LP fueled ones, the 20-lb. propane tank is not included. This fuel versatility is great in a grill, especially as today, natural gas grills are becoming more popular. Once installed, you no longer have to worry about gas level and trips to the gas station for filling the depleted propane tank.

Construction

Built with high quality materials, stainless steel resistant to wear and rust, the Ultra Chef grills can stand up to extreme weather conditions such as high heat and salty sea air and will be with you for a long time.

The locking casters and wheels makes moving easy.

Help & Support

All Napoleon grills come with a limited lifetime warranty, which should make you feel confident in using your equipment for a long time. The primary burners are covered by a lifetime warranty and most of the other parts of the grill are covered by a two-years warranty. This type of warranty is common for most of the gas grills. There is excellent support for the Napoleon grills online. You can find product manuals, videos and a comprehensive FAQ section. Also the company can be easily contacted by phone or email.

Summary:

Even if the cooking space is a bit limited, the powerful burners, lots of features and fuel versatility, make the Napoleon Ultra Chef grills a great option for patios, pawns or even balconies with limited space, being able to satisfy most of the barbecuing needs. Powerful and built to last, the Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grills can make any grill enthusiast happy.

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Napoleon Mirage Grills Review

Started in 1976 as a small steel fabrication business, Napoleon is now one of North America’s largest privately owned manufacturer of quality wood and gas fireplaces, gourmet gas and charcoal grills, outdoor living products and heating & cooling products. Napoleon is committed to producing quality products and providing honest, reliable service.

Cooking & Features

The Napoleon Mirage Gas Grills come equipped with three (on models M485RB, M485RSIB, M605RSIB) or four (on the M730RSBI model) primary burners. These primary burners are able to generate from 48,000 BTUs to up to 64,000 BTUs. While not everything is about lots of BTUs, the numbers indicate how much power we can expect from a grill and how much fuel it is likely to consume during use. With a total power of up to 107,000 BTUs on the M730RSBI model it is more than enough even for the most demanding cooking needs.

The Napoleon Mirage gas grills are some of the few mid-range gas grills we have reviewed that feature a rear infrared burner. This is a great option and opens new possibilities in grilling. The ceramic infrared rear rotisserie burner is capable of generating between 13,500 BTUs and 16,000 BTUs. This type of burner is able to create intense heat spread evenly over a small area. Use it with the Napoleon rotisserie kit for tasteful juicier roasted meals.

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Steel cooking grates

The side burner available on some of the models is able to generate between 11,000 BTUs and 12,500 BTUs, is large enough to accommodate saute pans as well as sauce pans and may come in handy for creating side dishes or sauces, while allowing you to conveniently complete cooking process at one time in one place.

All the Napoleon Mirage gas grills feature an electronic ignition system – the Jetfire ignition system – which lights the burners by igniting a jet of gas. Electronic ignitions are very efficient at getting a flame going, but they also require a battery, which needs to be replaced occasionally.

The smallest model – the Napoleon Mirage M485RB – offers a 485 sq.in. primary cooking surface and a 245 sq.in. warming rack area. The largest model – the Napoleon Mirage M730RSBI – provides a 730 sq.in. primary cooking area and a 295 sq.in. warming rack area. Even with the smallest one, the cooking area is enough for great backyard barbecues.

The integrated ice bucket with cutting board on the side shelf is a nice feature. Flip the lid of the side shelf over and you have a sturdy cutting surface. Under the lid, there’s a space for adding ice where you can keep your drinks cold or keep your burgers until you are ready for grilling. Even if this type of features don’t improve cooking quality, it adds some little extra help and sets Mirage grills from other grills.
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Infrared burners

The front-mounted control panel features back-lit control knobs for late night entertaining. The blue LED lights provide a discreet, futuristic look. Additional light can be provided with the optional halogen light which can be attached to the side of the unit.

Fuel

The Mirage gas grills are available as liquid propane or natural gas fueled units. A 10-feet flexible hose is included with the natural gas fueled units. For LP fueled ones, the 20-lb. propane tank is not included. This fuel versatility is great in a grill, especially as today, natural gas grills are becoming more popular. Once installed, you no longer have to worry about gas level and trips to the gas station for filling the depleted propane tank. 

Construction

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Back-lit control knobs on Napoleon Mirage Gas Grill

The Napoleon Mirage gas grills are constructed from high grade stainless steel (304 stainless) and are not only looking great but also very resistant to corrosion, water and temperature. The lid, side shelf and cabinet doors are also made of stainless steel, which means that your grill will last a very long time. Stainless steel is a very durable material – it will not rust, and it resists damage from food and cleaning.

With the lid closed, the Mirage gas grills have a maximum size of 50 inches high, 76 inches wide and 27 inches deep. Not very bulky, but not small either, the Napoleon Mirage grills won’t take up a lot of room on your deck or porch. The Mirage grills also weighs 180 pounds, but feature heavy-duty casters on the bottom, so you can easily maneuver them around, if needed.

Help and Support

On the company website you can find product features and manuals, grill maintenance tips and even grilling tips. An informative FAQ section is also available. In our research, we have found the customer support team behind the Napoleon grills to be prompt and friendly.

Summary:

The powerful gas burners, the relatively new infrared grilling technology, fuel versatility, high quality materials and cool features like back-lit knobs and integrated cutting board and ice bin make the Napoleon Mirage Gas Grills very powerful grilling machines, which are sure going to make your backyard barbecues a hit.

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Shrimp Kabobs in Ginger Marinade

Servings: 6 | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Marinating time: about 1 hour | Grilling time: 4 to 6 minutes | Special equipment: metal or bamboo skewers (if using bamboo, soak in water for at least 3o minutes)

Ingredients

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  • 2 pounds large shrimp (21/30 count), peeled and deveined;
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces and blanched;
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 1-inch lengths (white and light green parts only);

Marinade

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil;
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar;
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice;
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar;
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger;
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil;
  • 1 garlic clove, minced;
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves;

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Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk the marinade ingredients. Add the shrimp to the bowl and toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  2. Remove the shrimp from the bowl and reserve the marinade. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil for one full minute. Remove from the heat.
  3. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F).
  4. Thread the shrimp, scallions, and peppers alternately on skewers. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the skewers over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the shrimp are slightly firm on the surface and opaque in the center, about 4 minutes, turning once or twice and basting with the reserved marinade. Serve warm over rice or Chinese noodles, if desired.

Bon appetit!

 

[Recipe source: weber.com]

Weber Summit Grills Review

Weber is a trustworthy and reliable name in the grill marketplace, making grills since 1950. The company continuously makes efforts in improving and innovating. The Weber Summit Grills are no exception, with a modern design, powerful grilling capabilities and lots of features the Weber Summit Gas Grills are excellent products.

The new Weber Summit Series features ten different models (E-420, E-470, E-620, E-670, S-420, S-470, S-620, S-670, S-460, S-660) which we’ll discuss in this review and the differences in features can be easily compared in the table below.

Cooking Performance & Features

The Weber Summit Gas Grills are equipped with four or six primary burners (depending on the model), capable of generating from 48,800 BTUs up to 60,800 BTUs. Even if this power is not the highest in the grills we have reviewed, the Summit grills are among the most powerful gas grills available.

A high BTU number does not equal high quality cooking, but it is an indication of how much heat a gas grill can generate. Also, please keep in mind that a high BTU number also means more gas used.

Weber Summit Gas Grill with lighted control knobs.
Weber Summit with lighted control knobs.

The heating power is maximized by the sear station burner and the side burner, available only on some of the Weber Summit Grills (please see the table below). The sear station burner generates up to 10,600 BTUs and is designed to step-up heat on demand and can sear meat to seal in juices while making the outer layers tasty and crisp. The side burner is capable of 12,000 BTU, is large enough to accommodate saute pans as well as sauce pans and may come in handy for creating side dishes or sauces, while allowing you to conveniently complete cooking process at one time in one place.

Both the primary burners and the side burner use Weber’s Snap-Jet electronic ignition system to get the party started as quickly as possible.

The Summit E-470, E-670, S-470 and S-670 models also provide a 10,600 BTUs rear-mounted infrared rotisserie burner and a tuck-away rotisserie system with flip-up motor and separate spit and fork storage in the enclosed cart.

Cooking grates are made of stainless steel, which are easy to clean, retain heat very well and make lovely sear marks.

 

Rotisserie system with infrared burner on the Weber Summit S-660 Gas Grill.
Rotisserie system with infrared burner on the Weber Summit S-660 Gas Grill.

The stainless-steel Flavorizer bars are also present in the Summit Grills, directing juices away from the burners while generating the smoke flavor and preventing excessive flare-ups.

The primary cooking area of the Summit grills varies from 468 sq. in. to 693 sq. in. This is the largest primary cooking area of any grill in our reviews. The cooking space is completed by the warming rack area (112 to 145 sq. in.) which allows for keeping things hot and ready for serving.

If you’re planning a big barbecue party and you do not want your guests to wait for their burgers while others are already being served, the Weber Summit grills are the ones you should be looking for.

One of the great features of this grill is its handy Grill Out handle light. The little box unit on the center of the handle has a tilt sensor that will turn on the light when you lift the lid. Now you can grill at night without any problems.

Fuel

LED tank scale display on Weber Summit liquid propane grills.
LED tank scale display on Weber Summit liquid propane grills.

All the Weber Summit models can be fueled by natural gas or liquid propane. Natural gas fueled models have a great advantage as you don’t need to worry about refilling the tank. However, please consider carefully when choosing natural gas or liquid propane versions, as once purchased that is the only fuel you can use. For safety reasons, Weber does not offer adapters for changing fuel type.

All the liquid propane fueled Weber Summit grills feature an LED tank scale letting you know when it’s time for a refill. Simply touch the button and a light will indicate how full your tank is.

Construction

With the lid open, the Weber Summit gas grills measure 57 inches high, 66 inches wide and 30 inches deep – the smallest model and  57 inches high, 74 inches wide and 30 inches deep – the largest model.
The option of incorporating your Weber grill in your kitchen/ furniture is also available with the Weber Summit S-460 and S-660 models. The large cooking space and available features make the Summit grill bulkier and heavier than other models. However, if the space is not an issue and you don’t plan to move the grill around very often, the Summit Grills may be the right choice.
Built with high quality materials and thoroughly tested by Weber to make sure they can stand up to extreme weather conditions such as high heat and salty sea air, your Weber grill will be with you for a long time.

Help & Support

The Weber website has an extensive FAQs page that features information about gas grills and charcoal grills. You’ll also find product manuals, general tips on grill maintenance and grilling itself on this site. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, there is a search feature to help you find it quickly.

The grill’s stainless steel burner tubes are covered by a 10-year warranty. The cooking grates are covered by a five-year warranty, so they are guaranteed not to rust or burn through during that time. All remaining grill parts are covered by a two-year warranty.

 

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Pork Tenderloin with Silky Chile Sauce

Servings: 4 | Preparation time: 25 minutes | Marinating time: 6 to 8 hours | Grilling time:  15 to 20 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 2 pork tenderloins, each about 1 pound, trimmed of excess fat and silver skin;
  • canola oil;
  • kosher salt;
  • 1/4 cup ketchup;
  • freshly ground black pepper;

Marinade

  • 4 dried pasilla chile peppers, about 1 ounce total;
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil;
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar;
  • 1.5 cups hot water;
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar;
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed;
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin;

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Instructions

  1. Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles and cut them into sections about 2 inches long. In a medium skillet over high heat, warm the oil. Add the chiles carefully (the oil might splatter) and toast them until fragrant, 3 to 5 seconds per side. Transfer the chiles and oil to a small bowl. Cover with 1½ cups of hot water. Use a smaller bowl or plate to submerge the chiles. Allow to rehydrate for 20 minutes. Pour the mixture, chiles and water and all, into a blender or food processor. Add the remaining marinade ingredients and process until smooth. Press the mixture through a medium-mesh strainer set over a bowl. Discard the solids left in the strainer.
  2. Place the tenderloins in a large, plastic resealable bag and pour in 1 cup of the marinade, reserving the rest. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place the bag in a bowl, and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. In a medium saucepan whisk the reserved marinade with the ketchup and cream. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until it reaches a sauce-like consistency, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Remove the tenderloins from the bag and discard the marinade. Lightly brush all sides with oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Allow the tenderloins to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.
  5. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  6. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the tenderloins over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the meat is barely pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Remove from the grill, loosely cover with foil, and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes before cutting into slices. Reheat the sauce over medium heat and serve warm with the pork.

Bon appetit!

 

[Recipe source: weber.com]

Corned Beef and Cabbage on the Grill

Servings: 4 | Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Grilling Time:  aprox. 3 hours |  Special equipment: 9-by-13-inch heavy duty foil pan

Ingredients

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  • 2.5 pounds corned beef (with spice packet);
  • 1 carrot, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch diagonal slices;
  • 1 rib celery, trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch diagonal slices;
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed with the side of a knife;
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into thin wedges;
  • 1/2 head (1 pound) green cabbage, cut into 4 wedges, cores slightly trimmed;
  • 1 can (28 ounces) italian plum tomatoes in juice;
  • 10 small red potatoes, each cut in half;
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard;

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Instructions

  1. Unwrap the corned beef and pat dry with paper towels. Allow the beef to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling;
  2. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350 to 450 Fahrenheit degrees).
  3. Arrange the celery, carrot, onion and garlic in a 9-by-13-inch heavy-duty foil pan. Place the corned beef on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle the contents of the spice packet over the corned beef and rub into the surface of the meat. Add the tomatoes; fill the empty tomato can with water and add to the pan. Cut the tomatoes into 1-inch chunks.
  4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Tightly cover the pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil and grill over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, for about 2 hours. Remove the pan from the grill. Add the cabbage wedges and potatoes around the corned beef and spoon the cooking juices on top. Cover the pan withfoil and continue grilling over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until the corned potatoes and cabbage are tender, about 1 hour more. Transfer the corned beef to a cutting boar and spread the mustard on top. Let stand 5 minutes before carving the meat across the grain into 1/2-inch slices. Serve corned beef slices with the cabbage and potatoes, with juices spooned over all, along with grilled rye bread, if desired.

Bon appetit!

 

[Recipe source: weber.com]

Weber Spirit Grills Review

The 2013 Weber Spirit Grills have been re-engineered and that is easily visible both in its modern design as well as the packed features. The control panel has been moved in front, making it easily accessible and the two stainless-steel side tables fold down, for increased maneuverability and easy storage. The new Weber Spirit Series features five different models (E-210, E-220, S-210, E-310, E-320) which will discuss in this review and the differences in features can be easily compared in the table below.

Cooking Performance & Features

As usual in Weber grills, the cooking system is composed of: cooking grates, burner tubes, flavorizer bars and the grease management system. All these are housed in a cast aluminum cookbox, durable, efficient, requiring minimal care and assistance and being able to withstand the high temperatures needed for grilling at any temperature.

The Weber Spirit Grills come equipped with two primary burners (on the E-210, E-220 and S-210 models) generating up to 26,500 BTUs or with three primary burners (on the E-310 and E-320 models) generating up to 32,000 BTUs. We generally recommend at least three primary burners on gas grills – as only two burners would limit the amount of cooking you can do simultaneously, but the choice also depends on ones grilling habits and needs. Even so, the Weber Spirit grills should be roomy enough to cook a 20-pound turkey or roast meats and vegetables at the same time. Ignition is super easy with the electronic ignition system found on all models.

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Weber Spirit E-210 gas grill with foldable sidetables.

You can choose a little more power by choosing the Weber Spirit E-220 or E-320 which incorporate a side burner in their design, capable of generating an extra 12,000 BTUs. The side burner may come in handy for creating side dishes allowing for more cooking in the same time.

A sear station burner is not available in any of the Weber Spirit gas grills models.

The total cooking area is 450 sq.in. (360 sq.in. primary cooking area and 90 sq.in. warming rack area) for the two-primary burners models and 529 sq.in. (424 sq.in. primary cooking area, 105 sq.in. warming rack area) for the three-burners models. We would prefer a larger cooking area, but we have to adapt our grills to the space we have available. The folding stainless-steel side tables option is a nice feature for limited patio, deck space or balcony. However it is only available on the two-burners models. Thus considering the exterior dimensions, if you are looking into a three-burner grill, we would recommend checking out the Weber Genesis Grill Series.

All the Weber Spirit Grills come equipped with porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates which retain heat evenly providing great searing and requiring little effort for cleaning.

As the Genesis and Summit gas grills, the Weber Spirit grills are also equipped with the special flavorizer bars, positioned above the burners, catching drippings that smoke and sizzle adding more flavour to the food.

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Weber E-320 Gas Grill with Sideburner

All the drippings not vaporized are funneled away from the burner tubes, down into the grease management system, thus preventing flare-ups and protecting burners from becoming clogged.

The grease management system consists of an angled grease tray and a catch pan. The grease not vaporized by the Flavorizer tubes goes away from the burners, beneath the cookbox. The tray can be easily removed for cleaning by sliding it out of the cabinet. Attention should be paid to the disposable catch pan for replacing it when it fills up.

Construction

With the lid open, the Spirit Grills measure approximately 63 inches high, 50 inches wide and 32 inches deep. There are small variations between models but not significant. Even if we would have expected smaller dimensions for a two-burners grill, the Genesis Spirit may be a good solutions for smaller spaces.

As usual in Weber grills, all the materials used are high quality and should prove to be resistant in time. The construction of this grill is excellent.

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Cupboard containing LP tank and grease management system.

Fuel

The Weber Grills are generally versatile when it comes to fuel. However, in the Weber Spirit Series all the models are fueled by Liquid Propane and only two of them (the S-210 and E-310) are also available with natural gas fuel. The natural gas versions come equipped with a 10-foot flexible hose. The 20-lb LP tank for the LP versions is sold separately.

All the LP grill versions come equipped with a fuel gauge which indicates the remaining fuel reserve. It’s easy to read and useful for perfect cooking planning.

Help and Support

The Weber Spirit Gas Grills come with a 10-year burner warranty. Weber can be contacted via phone or email if assistance is neeeded. A helpful FAQ section addressing common concerns with the grill and a manual can be found online.

Conclusion

If you have a limited space for your new grill and the lack of an additional primary burner is not a concern, the Weber Spirit E-210, E-220 and S-210 would all make good choices. However, if you are looking for three primary burners and the price difference is not an issue, we would recommend looking into the Weber Genesis Grills Series, as the power and cooking space is significantly higher compared to the Weber Spirit E-310 and E-320 models. Even if the lack of an additional primary burner may be a concern in some of the models, the Weber Spirit gas grill is still a good choice. It provides plenty of power for the two primary burners  and it’s construction is solid and reliable. The Weber Spirit Grills are a good choice.

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Honey-Lime Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Servings: 4 | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Grilling Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

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  • 2 Cornish game hens, 1/2 to 2 pounds each;

Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil;
  • 2 tablespoons honey;
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice;
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves;
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves;
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic;
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika;
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt;
  • 1/2 teaspoon frshly ground black pepper;

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Instructions

  1. Whisk the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl;
  2. Remove and discard the giblets from the hens. With a sharp knife or poultry shears, remove the backbones and cut them in half;
  3. Place the hen halves in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place in a bowl and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, turning ocasionally;
  4. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350 to 450 Fahrenheit degrees);
  5. Remove the hens from the bag and discard the marinade. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the hens, bone side down, over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink at the bone, 30 to 40 minutes. For crispier skin, grill the hens, skin side down, over direct medium heat during the last 5 to 10 minutes of grilling time. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes before serving. 

Bon appetit!

[Recipe source: weber.com]