The new grill is broken in.
I grilled a bunch of chicken and two London broils for Mother's Day.
This is, on the surface, the same model I finally wore out just this year, but the Brinkman folks have made some nice improvements.
- The shelf is metal not wood like my earlier model. The wood slowly burns away near the grill.
- The main grill area is bigger ... longer, so you can place more dead animals on it.
- The grilling surface is divided into 3 sections for easy charcoal adjustment.
- The air vent on the smaller smoker drum is improved.
- There's a warming rack inside.
- The hood has a basic heat gauge.
- The grilling surface rests on a long supporting shelf instead of a handful of little clips like the old one had.
- The charcoal rests in a heat shield tray that protects the barrel bottom, but also is easily adjustable for different cooking methods.
- The price is the same as the unimproved model was about 5 years ago.
Way to go Brinkman grill elves!
BBQ chicken, London broil, garlic bread, mac and cheese, baked beans, and salad.
The Mother's Day meal proved to have strange sedative powers and I flopped out after eating too much. I must have had a sleep deficit or something, I remember sitting on the swing with Emma chatting and my eyelids just kept shutting down ... like having the nods while driving. That was weird, because I am not a napper and she is not boring.
As a result of post lunch lethargy, the pond that should have been installed is not quite done and we will be returning for another go at it.
This is not necessarily bad news as Mom likes having us around, so another visit to do pond work is fine with her ... and if I time that visit right, I can catch another family BBQ.
Entertainment was provided by Bear, who couldn't quite figure out the bright spot on the floor of Mom's porch.
Now I can't wait to take a laser pointer home.