If you’ve been lured by the distinct flavors and aromas of grilled foods, but find the grilling process a bit daunting, you may be looking for a resource to help you get started. One such resource is Weber’s Way to Grill: The Step-by-Step Guide to Expert Grilling [Sunset Books] by Jamie Purviance.
Grilling Advice for Beginners
Weber’s Way To Grill differs from other grilling books in that it explains everything you need to know about outdoor grilling. Purviance discusses the different types of grills available and provides tips for choosing the grill that is right for your needs.
You will also find information about using the different types of fuels available for home grilling. For example, Purviance outlines the benefits and drawbacks of wood, lump charcoal, briquettes, pure hardwood charcoal, and propane. If you choose to stay away from propane grills, you will find ways to arrange lump charcoal and briquettes to achieve correct temperatures without using lighter fluid, which can ruin the taste of your grilled foods.
Weber’s Way to Grill also offers step-by-step instructions to teach you how to grill correctly. From setting up your grill to determining correct grilling temperatures and times, you will find the information you need to take the guesswork out of creating delicious grilled vegetables, meats, and seafood. Many of the tutorials include color pictures so you won’t have to worry about whether you are completing steps correctly.
Purviance’s tutorials also cover topics that other grilling books commonly miss, such as using a rotisserie, selecting the right grilling tools, and using grill vents for proper temperature control. You will also learn how to use cast iron skillets and smoker papers to handle nearly any type of grilled food.
New grillers commonly find specific types of foods particularly difficult to grill successfully. Purviance also includes guides to show you how to prepare these foods on a gas or charcoal grill. For example, you will find information on smoking a turkey, preparing fish, and grilling consistently perfect burgers.
A Wealth of Recipes
Although much of the content of Weber’s Way to Grill is designed for new grillers, those with a bit of grilling experience will also find a wealth of valuable information. The book offers dozens of recipes to help you expand your grilling repertoire. These recipes include classic burger and rib recipes, as well as more complex entrees such as bacon-wrapped turkey breasts and brats simmered in hard cider.
Weber’s Way to Grill goes past traditional-style American grilling to include a variety of ethnic and regional recipes. For example, you will learn how to prepare ethnic dishes such as Vietnamese shrimp, complete with peanut dipping sauce. If you enjoy Indian fare, you can follow the book’s recipe for tandoori-style chicken for a hearty, spicy meal. Other options include pitas stuffed with lamb meatballs and Louisiana-style shrimp po’boys.
Meat and seafood plays a major role in Weber’s way to Grill; however, grilling is not just for these foods. You will also find a wealth of recipes for vegetables and fruits. These recipes are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, as well as for grillers who simply want to create an entire meal without running back and forth to the kitchen.
The Bottom Line
Weber’s Way to Grill is a comprehensive guide to outdoor grilling that provides plenty of pictures to make your mouth water and ensure correct technique. New grillers will find the wealth of information sufficient to quickly develop skills and impress friends and neighbors. Likewise, experienced grillers will find the dozens of recipes refreshing and inspiring.
The comprehensive nature of this book may also be its only flaw. If you try to digest the information contained in Weber’s Way to Grill too quickly, you may become overwhelmed. Although you probably want to become a master griller overnight, it might be best to read this book in small sections.
Similarly, experienced grillers might find the tutorials a bit tedious; however, even the most seasoned grillers will likely find a few tips to refine their techniques and improve the quality of their grilled foods.