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My wife thinks I will end up liking the Weber more because it is durable, the tray and organizing ability, it weighs half as much, and cleanup after grilling looks hard with the Brinkman. I'm leaning toward the Brinkman because it's ideal for smoking and has three times the cooking area. Price is the exact same... tough choice...
 

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Consider building your own? I would love to do that when I get a house...gigantic 55gal drum grill/smoker.
 

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My wife thinks I will end up liking the Weber more because it is durable, the tray and organizing ability, it weighs half as much, and cleanup after grilling looks hard with the Brinkman. I'm leaning toward the Brinkman because it's ideal for smoking and has three times the cooking area. Price is the exact same... tough choice...

Go with the Weber. They don't make a bad grill. It will never let you down I guarantee it.
 

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I've got a similar Brinkman, which I love. I've had it for 3 years, and it has rusted a bit, and some smoke escapes the hot box because of loose screws, but it still cooks amazingly well. There's nothing better than throwing pork on the smoker at 11pm or early am and letting it smoke for 12 hours. The process is fun. I rarely use the Brinkman for cooking directly with Charcoal. I use our gas grill for burgers, steaks, etc. When I'm going to smoke, the Brinkman is great though. I'd recommend a charcoal/wood smoker to anyone.

Clean-up isn't horrible btw. I remove charcoal ash from the hot-box every other use. Since I rarely cook directly with charcoal under the grates, there isn't much clean-up needed in the upper chamber. Honestly, I just use a hand shovel to scoop out the ash, into a garbage bag and it takes 5 minutes. You aren't going to be able to keep a Brinkman smoker pretty for too long, but the battle scars on them just give them character.
 

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I've got a similar Brinkman, which I love. I've had it for 3 years, and it has rusted a bit, and some smoke escapes the hot box because of loose screws, but it still cooks amazingly well. There's nothing better than throwing pork on the smoker at 11pm or early am and letting it smoke for 12 hours. The process is fun. I rarely use the Brinkman for cooking directly with Charcoal. I use our gas grill for burgers, steaks, etc. When I'm going to smoke, the Brinkman is great though. I'd recommend a charcoal/wood smoker to anyone.

Clean-up isn't horrible btw. I remove charcoal ash from the hot-box every other use. Since I rarely cook directly with charcoal under the grates, there isn't much clean-up needed in the upper chamber. Honestly, I just use a hand shovel to scoop out the ash, into a garbage bag and it takes 5 minutes. You aren't going to be able to keep a Brinkman smoker pretty for too long, but the battle scars on them just give them character.

It's definitely a manly smoker... I am disappointed to hear it isn't as functional as a grill. I may get the Weber grill and buy a separate smoker for about 100 bucks down the line.
 

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It's definitely a manly smoker... I am disappointed to hear it isn't as functional as a grill. I may get the Weber grill and buy a separate smoker for about 100 bucks down the line.

It can be...I just prefer to use it for smoking only while utilizing a gas grill for non-smoking purposes. I do think the clean-up in the top chamber would get tiresome every use. When I smoke, the clean-up is easy because I typically put the meat in foil trays. Only the hot box needs cleaned up after several uses.

I don't think I'd make burgers, steaks, fish as much as I do now without a gas grill though. Charcoal can be pretty time consuming. I like the slow process of smoking though. It's the best part. Nothing like smelling the pork from inside the house all day as it's getting ready and football is on the TV.
 

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Weber is the best grill you can buy at a hardware store. Brinkman is a piece of shit, stay away.

I'm not a huge fan of either as I have more refined tastes when it comes to cooking equipment from my previous background, but having worked on and sold service parts for both, I can tell you the difference in quality is night and day.

Brinkman is a 3-5 year grill, Weber is a 7-12 year grill. You probably will have a hard time finding service parts for the Brinkman in a couple years anyway as they don't standardize anything and often switch their oem equipment providers every year. Weber parts are pretty universal and haven't really changed in the past couple decades. You buy last year's model and it has the same burner as this year's model so parts are always accessable.

Man up and get a MHP WNK4DD-PS on the cast aluminum cart or a Broilmaster P3S with the stainless baffle system to change to indirect cooking.

Of course there is always the big green egg if you like charcoal.

I forgot, you're a ginger. Get the Weber
 

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Weber is the best grill you can buy at a hardware store. Brinkman is a piece of shit, stay away.

I'm not a huge fan of either as I have more refined tastes when it comes to cooking equipment from my previous background, but having worked on and sold service parts for both, I can tell you the difference in quality is night and day.

Brinkman is a 3-5 year grill, Weber is a 7-12 year grill. You probably will have a hard time finding service parts for the Brinkman in a couple years anyway as they don't standardize anything and often switch their oem equipment providers every year. Weber parts are pretty universal and haven't really changed in the past couple decades. You buy last year's model and it has the same burner as this year's model so parts are always accessable.

Man up and get a MHP WNK4DD-PS on the cast aluminum cart or a Broilmaster P3S with the stainless baffle system to change to indirect cooking.

Of course there is always the big green egg if you like charcoal.

I forgot, you're a ginger. Get the Weber

I thought about the green egg, but decided on a $300 price range so that I can also hit Vegas with some old high school friends in a month. It's an investment in debauchery I'm comfortable making.

So for around $300, I'm thinking a top of the line Weber is the way to go. Thoughts, Quad?
 

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You'll have the weber longer, but its not a good smoker. The brinkman isn't either so don't over think it.
 

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Get some cubed steak, fry them up. Make some brown gray. Fry up some sliced potatoes. Once the steaks are done pore the gray over them, use the potatoes as a side dish. Spice up the cube steaks with your favorite seasonings. May sound rather plain, but sometimes simple is best.
 

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Tried something new today. I did stuffed shells with Ricotta, parmesan, and spinach.
I then made Lemon bars with a graham cracker crust.

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And the lemon bars -- I should have let chill for another hour before serving (to let it gel a little more), but I never made these before and wanted to try it. Turned out pretty good.

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I just bought a three pound pork belly, skin on. As long as the weather holds up, I want to get it on my grill tomorrow. Any tips on what to do with a whole uncut pork belly?
 

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I flawlessly executed a well brined moist and juicy turkey for dinner today. The dark meat tasted great (that's what she said) but anyways at the risk of losing my 'merrica card....Turkey dinner sucks. I guess this sounds like a Skip Bayless hot take but everything I made was basically as good as you can hope. Perfectly steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy made from scratch, Stouffer's Mac. I can't help but think while I was eating that I'd still prefer countless other meals. For example, I got 3am wake and shits from a food poisoned ham and I'd still take a basic bottom barrel bone in ham over the best turkey. I'm eating dinner just knowing that I'd much prefer tomorrow's cold turkey on shitty white bread sandwich.

Shrug.
 

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Even really good turkey is just a good, not great meal. The skin is the best part, the meat is just eh.

But Thanksgiving sides are awesome. We always do stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cheesy baked home fry potatoes, green bean casserole, corn casserole, rolls, good beer. And pies of course.

The morning after omelette is better than the meal. Stuff an omelette with a mash of all of the above and cover with gravy. Mmm.

Also thought I'd share a recipe only because I've never seen it, not even by doing some hefty googling. It's kind of a family recipe, my aunt always makes it for family get togethers.

Pour canned condensed milk into a shallow baking pan (like a brownie pan) and freeze till it starts to crystallize. Scrape into chilled bowl and whip until stiff. Whip in a cup of sugar. Melt strawberry jello (3oz) in 3/4 cup hot water, add juice of two oranges. Fold jello mix into condensed milk.

Pour this over a package of powdered graham crackers in a 9x13, top with additional graham crackers, fridge for 12 hours or so. I made it yesterday for some friends and it was a hit.

Bet it would be really good if I could combine it with cheesecake...hmm.
 

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No bake cheese cake on top of the graham crackers and then fold in the jello mixture like you're making a marble cake(might actually be better if you go vice versa, just depends on relative quantities of the ingredients.
 
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