The company that makes Weber grills has a new, sizzling partnership with Harley-Davidson.
As the official sponsor of the recent 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the motorcycle maker's official grill partner for 2016, Weber-Stephen Products has just released a special Harley model grill. The Harley-Davidson Weber Q 1200 gas grill has the Harley-Davidson logo and a Harley orange grill lid.
The grill has 189 square inches of cooking space on porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates for perfect sear marks. The grill surface can fit about six burgers, four chicken breasts or a few steaks.
Grill features include push-button ignition, a lid thermometer and folding side tables. It is a tough little grill. It might not fit on the back of a Harley, but it is ideal for apartment and condo dwellers with some balcony or patio space. Others will pack it along to cook up some carne asada on the beach or at the campground or raceway. It is powered by a small bottle of propane, such as ones used for camping.
The two-piece cooking grate holds the heat. The grates lift out for cleaning and even fit in the dishwasher. Heat can be varied from low and slow to a peak 8,500 Btu. The handy side tables fold neatly onto the grill surface when it's time to pack up.
The Harley-Davidson edition grill is $299. Also consider the Weber Q portable cart for $80. It is a sturdy base, and it was designed to transport the grill. It neatly folds with the grill strapped to it and can be wheeled like a suitcase.
Even this portable grill is made of the typically heavy-duty Weber elements. And you don't have to translate wacky foreign images to put it together, because it's made in America. Assembly is intuitive and requires a Phillips head screwdriver just once to secure the grill-lid handle.
I've been a Weber evangelist since 1979 when I bought my first kettle-style charcoal grill. I've since moved on to the stainless steel Genesis gas model with three burners. When I was shopping for a new gas grill — after going through several from other brands, which rusted rotted away — I chose the Genesis because every Yelp review was a rave. I've had my Genesis for almost five years, and not one part has rusted, busted or worn out.
That's the grill of my dreams.
The grill and cart are available on the Weber website and at select Harley-Davidson dealerships.
The Perfect Burger
Weber grill master Kevin Kolman has been enjoying the grate life at Weber for 17 years. He has an array of grills in his backyard, and he keeps busy experimenting with new recipes. He gives these five steps to cook the perfect burger on the Harley grill:
—Use 80-20 beef for its flavor content (fat content).
—Season the meat with whatever herbs, spices or other ingredients make your mouth water.
—Form 3/4-inch thick patties.
—Push a big thumbprint into the middle of each patty, so the burger doesn't bulge in the center and so it cooks evenly.
—Flip the patties once. Cook about 4.5 minutes per side at 450 to 500 degrees. Don't be nosy and lift the lid to peak at the progress, or you'll let good grilling heat escape.
Get more grilling ideas from Kolman on his Facebook page, "Kevin Kolman's Backyard." And join the Weber nation by going to the Weber BBQ Facebook page.
As the summer weather continues to get hotter, we are seeing an increase in children dying from heatstroke in vehicles. In fact, it is reported that each year in the U.S. about half of the children under 14 who die of heatstroke in vehicles do so as a result of being forgotten.
General Motors' GMC division recently announced that its 2017 Acadia three-row crossover has a new, industry-first feature called Rear Seat Reminder. The alert system is designed to remind drivers to check the vehicle's back seat as they exit the vehicle. It monitors the rear doors and activates when either rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before the vehicle is started, or if the doors are opened and closed while the vehicle is running.
Under these circumstances, the next time the vehicle is turned off after a door is opened or closed, the Acadia will sound five audible chimes and display a message in the driver information center that reads, "Rear Seat Reminder / Look in Rear Seat." (The feature cannot detect items in the backseat, so keep meltables in the front-seat area.)
Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, says: "Technology alone cannot solve the issue of heatstroke when it comes to young children, but this new Acadia reminder can help. We must always remember that the safest way to protect a child from heatstroke is to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle."
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