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Posts from the ‘Equipment’ Category


The Masterbuilt propane smoker

BBQ Insanity visited Cork  this weekend, to a house far into the Irish countryside, somewhere between a town called Inishannon and the popular tourist town of Kinsale.  A long time friend of BBQ Insanity, Mr. Steve Prior was entertaining, and BBQ was on the menu.
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Klose BBQ pit

On a recent business trip to the Google campus in Mountain View, California, I came across this magnificent BBQ pit glistening in the sun. Read more »


The Minion Method

Here’s my version of the popular “Minion Method” of lighting the barbecue.   A technique for when you plan a long slow cook and want to get as much out of one load of charcoal as possible without needing to light a new batch mid way through a cooking session.   Read more »


Extra Charcoal Grate – make charcoal last longer

Here’s a neat trick I picked up from Gary Wiviott’s excellent barbecue book “Low & Slow” to make your charcoal last longer! Read more »


Celebrating 60 years of the Weber Kettle Grill

The Weber kettle grill is now 60 years old.  Nobody knows for sure what day exactly the first kettle went into production, but it all started some time back in 1952.

It was invented by a man called George Stephen Sr. who owned a sheet metal shop in Chicago.  He originally named his invention “George’s Barbecue Kettle” and the genius lay in its simplicity.  It was made with just two sheet metal half-spheres normally used as parts of buoys built in his shop. Read more »


BBQ Drip Tray

In this post we introduce the humble BBQ drip tray.  These are made from thin aluminium and usually come in packs of 5 or 10.  They are inexpensive and disposable, although I’ve found that I can generally get more than one or two uses out of them. Read more »


Cleaning the Barbecue Grate

In this post we discuss an important barbecue technique – How to clean the barbecue grate. This is the cooking grate that the food goes on, rather than the charcoal grate that supports the charcoal. It’s important to clean the barbecue grate before and after each cooking session.   Read more »


Hinged Cooking Grates

Standard grates are fine, they do their primary job of keeping your food several inches above the fire!  But an added feature  is a hinged section at each end of the cooking grate.  Hinged cooking grates can make your BBQ experience a lot more convenient.   Read more »


BBQ Covers

BBQ covers are essential if you don’t have a place indoors to store your BBQ when the weather takes a turn for the worse.  Even the best quality barbecues made from the finest materials can be damaged by prolonged exposure to the harsh weather elements such as rain and frost.   Read more »


Lighting Charcoal – part two

We’ve already discussed the advantages of using a chimney starter when lighting charcoal in an earlier post.  But how do you light the charcoal to begin with? Read more »