Mike Kempster

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Mike Kempster

WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO FOR WEBER?

My name is Mike Kempster. I am the Global Chief Marketing Officer, and that means I work with Weber associates around the world to make the Weber brand known and trusted by consumers wherever they may live.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WEBER PRODUCT?

My favorite Weber product is the Performer Platinum charcoal grill.

FAVORITE THING TO GRILL?

My grilling favorite is tenderloin of beef, roasted to medium rare and flavored with a rub and a hint of oak smoke.

CHARCOAL OR GAS?

I prefer to grill on charcoal, but I frequently use gas grills due to a very busy schedule. When I am not traveling on business, I will fire up a charcoal or gas grill five or more times a week throughout the year.

WHAT'S YOUR BEST GRILLING ADVICE IN ONE SENTENCE?

Use the right amount of charcoal to roast or broil meat, and keep the lid closed during the grilling process.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH GRILLING?

I saw a demonstration at a hardware store that I worked at when I was a teenager. I learned about direct and indirect grilling from a guy who knew all about the Weber kettle, and I was hooked for life. I went on to win a Weber kettle grill in a sales contest, and I gave it to my father and taught him how to use it. From then on my dad was able to grill food for his family of eight children, and he took great pride in helping out with meal preparation for my super-busy mom.

All Posts by Mike (14)

A New Type Of Portable Grill

A New Type Of Portable Grill

The grill for people who wanted a full-sized 22" Weber kettle that could be wheeled anyplace.

The History Of The Smokey Joe

The History Of The Smokey Joe

The Smokey Joe provides consumers with a smaller size Weber kettle barbecue to take camping, picnicking or to the beach.

The Great Grill-a-thon of 1973

The Great Grill-a-thon of 1973

The competition lasted the whole summer, until the piece de resistance.

Lesson Learned: Hot Pants Are Out

Lesson Learned: Hot Pants Are Out

Decked out in the ultra-mod fashion of the day—powder blue polyester bellbottoms and a matching shirt with swaying palm trees on it—I was dressed to grill. Yow!

The Original Party Grill

The Original Party Grill

Check out the history of the Flamenco Grill.

Gas or Charcoal: The Debate Rages On

Gas or Charcoal: The Debate Rages On

Few topics in life inspire such passionate debate as politics, religion, and—evidently—whether gas or charcoal grilling is better.

A Bout With A Trout

A Bout With A Trout

How I overcame my fear of grilling fish.

Shortcuts To Grilling Bliss

Shortcuts To Grilling Bliss

Nothing beats delicious, simple barbecue.

From Unknown to Unsurpassed

From Unknown to Unsurpassed

We’ve come a long way!

The Kettle That Started It All

The Kettle That Started It All

In 1952 George Stephen set out to grill a decent steak.