Designer: George Stephen (1951)
George Stephen worked for Weber Brothers in Chicago, who were metal fabricators that primarily made marine buoys.
Stephen noticed that an open grill – usually brick built – produced an uneven heat, tended to smoke and annoyingly allowed ash to blow onto the grilling food. He decided to split a metal buoy in half and weld three legs in a triangular configuration to the upturned half.
Stephen called his iconic invention – a round charcoal “kettle” grill – “George’s Barbecue Kettle”. He received considerable interest in it and began selling the grill in 1952 when he formed the barbecue division of Weber Brothers. In the late 1950s, he bought out the Weber Brothers factory, becoming sole owner and changed its name to Weber-Stephen Products Co.
Weber-Stephen Products LLC was family owned until it sold a majority stake to BDT Capital Partners in 2010.
Still a very strong seller the original kettle grill – and its various re-workings -continues to be extremely popular product but the company has diversified in other outdoor products.
We have received a useful list of tips from our friends at Weber-Stephens which we thought we’d share with you – we are certainly going to try them. We’d be delighted if you could join us.
Under the umbrella heading “Let Us Take Care of Your Sunday Night Plans” – just how creative can you be using a Weber Grill?
Grilling a leg of lamb – Grilling a leg of lamb
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus – Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Grilled Potato Tips – Grilled Potato Tips
My Weber Grill – My particular favourite product of Weber-Stephen’s range is the butane gas driven version of the grill. With a large rectangular cast iron hooded body and wide grill space mounted on a study metal frame that can be wheeled to different locations. It’s extremely versatile and I have proved that you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared on the grill with various additional cast iron griddle plates and a rotisserie mechanism.
It’s gas rather than charcoal fired so is ready to use within a couple of minutes of lighting and real benefit to the busy barbecue lover!
I do get some flack from some charcoal-head friends, who claim that lighting charcoal is the only way to use the Weber grill, but I am sticking with my grill which I have had and loved for over twenty years!
Your Weber Grill – Do you use a Weber Grill? Why not share your recipes, tricks and techniques for preparing your favourite barbecued dishes – we love to hear from you. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to post a reply or to re-blog.
Photo from Weber-Stephens