I joined the Weber Kettle Club (WKC) forum and began reading up on the kettles. I learned that a red kettle is called a "redhead". That's perfect, I thought, since my wife, Megan, is a redhead. She even got excited about the prospect (which was a challenge since I'd be cluttering up the beautiful backyard with yet another grilling/cooking appliance). Searching Craigslist was not much help - they don't seem to be available too often. I almost pulled the trigger on a new one from Amazon, but really wanted an old-school version of what I learned to cook on. I also quickly realized that if a decent prospect pops up on Craigslist, it is instantly linked on the WKC and an enthusiast snaps it up.
Just my luck, an enthusiast from WKC had snagged The Perfect redhead. Thanks Rick for saving this beauty for me, and doing an amzing job cleaning her up! Sure, she's got some blemishes, but it adds character, right? All I really need to do is get some new wood handles and maybe a new cast iron grate. Still, we got her running this weekend - grilling some fish Saturday night and smoking some pork on Sunday. How much had I forgotten about grilling with charcoal over the past 20 years of grilling with gas? Tons. I'm also now using lump rather than briquettes, so maybe that's quite a bit different too.
|My redhead's new home with smoke and a homebrew|
|First time - grilled fish|
Edit: Here's a bite of the sliced pork for lunch on Tuesday (fabulous, BTW):