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Old 06-06-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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What was your first grill, and what did you make on it?

My very first grill was a Webber Smokey Joe. It came with a small recipe book. One of those recipes was for Cornish Game Hens. I followed the recipe instructions, and was rewarded with the juiciest, most flavorful fowl I had ever eaten in my life. I learned to grill on that little bbq grill. I also taught my children what hot meant with that grill, bringing them to the hot fire, letting them feel the heat, close enough for discomfort but no injury, and then saying hot. I did that three times in succession with each of my four kids. Not one of them ever reached out to touch something that we told them was hot. And we never told them something was hot that wasn't.

The Smokey Joe, a truly great grill, and versatile teaching tool.

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Old 06-06-2011, 05:11 PM   #2
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I got my first Smoky Joe in college, and used it regularily till it fell apart. Mostly hot dogs, chicken breasts and burgers. Then I got my next one. And used it till it also fell apart. When I got married, we tried gas grills, but the maintenance and upkeep was such a pain. Now back to charcoal and happy with my Weber and little Lodge hibachi.

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Old 06-06-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
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weber kettle grill ... indirect mesquite smoked a whole chic .... flavor was great and so tender and juicy. Still one of my fave ways to do a chic.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:26 PM   #4
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A 12" X 18" cast iron hibachi (about $10). Small steaks and lamb chops.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:26 PM   #5
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My very first grill was also a Smokey Joe back in the 70's during college, mostly for doing burgers and such. I don't remember what I eventually did with it as I only used it on occasion for a couple of years. I've never owned another SJ until last fall when my wife found and brought home an almost new SJ, curbside, left among some trash. That little grill is fun to grill on.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:39 PM   #6
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First home "grill" was a gas abomination and flank steak was the first item ruined by gas flame. Then I learned about real grilling fuel and true BBQ.

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Old 06-06-2011, 05:59 PM   #7
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A cast iron hibachi from the 70s. Chrome plated grates with wood handles.

Probably cooked burgers on it. Newly married and not a lot of money.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:30 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by justplainbill View Post
A 12" X 18" cast iron hibachi (about $10). Small steaks and lamb chops.
Me too, except XH wouldn't let me near his toy.

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Old 06-06-2011, 08:33 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by justplainbill View Post
A 12" X 18" cast iron hibachi (about $10). Small steaks and lamb chops.
Same for me - it was a birthday present from my husband who went to the store and bought steaks to cook on it. We were military then, not a lot of money and I thought it was a very extravagant birthday - very nice.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:59 PM   #10
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Mine was a "hand me down" gas grill from dad that needed some work. It was a pretty heavy duty one so it was worth saving. I don't remember the first thing I grilled on it but I know it wasn't burnt on the outside and raw on the inside chicken than dad was famous for.

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