Let's start this year off with a rousing Happy New Year cheer. Happy New Year. I wanted to share a wonderful present that was under this year’s Christmas tree. It was an Original Kettle Premium Limited Edition Weber. In the past I have jested that some Christmas there would be a Big Green Egg under the tree. It did not happen this year but this may be even better. In reality I am deep down a Weber man for life and this bbq is my latest proud addition. It is so shiny red.
Weber calls this bbq a collector’s kettle. It does have many premium bells and whistles. There is a built in lid thermometer, plated steel hinged cooking grate, tuck away lid holder, lid handles with heat shields, removable high-capacity aluminum ash catcher, aluminized steel one-touch cleaning system, spring clip/push pin leg assembly, limited edition lid badge and a very bright red color. Most of these feature are not new and are available on other models. What this bbq does is combine all these features to create this premium Weber.
It was Christmas morning and I was giddy like a kid with a new train set. This unit had to be assembled. (You can buy them assembles at some box hardware chains). The assembly was simple if you read the instructions. Of course I did not and put a handle upside down and re-arranged the kettle legs so it would not roll properly. This was a simple fix and I have assembled my new pride and joy. All is left is a test run cook.
Like all new barbeques, I like to build a fire to season and burn out any factory nasty's.This was done and a rack of St. Lois cut ribs was the first test. I cooked them using an indirect heat for 3 1/2 hours. They turned out fantastic. This new Weber performed like a champion. It was a little frustrating to dirty my pristine red Weber but this is part of the cooking process.
I love my new Original Kettle Premium Limited Edition Weber. It has all the latest bells and whistles associated with Weber kettles. Is it perfect?. To me it almost is. I wish Weber would offer this as a standard model and not market it as ‘Premium’. Like most huge corporations, Weber has been criticized lately for declining quality with rising prices. This new kettle is premium and I personally hope this is an indicator of future Weber products to come.