My Best Ever Brisket Thanks to the New Weber Charcoal Briquettes

My Best Ever Brisket Thanks to the New Weber Charcoal Briquettes

Working at Weber for so long, I have been fortunate enough to see many innovative products launched into the market. This has kept my passion for grilling fired up. This year, the product that has really ignited my passion for charcoal grilling is the new Weber briquettes. This 100 percent all-natural hardwood charcoal is a game changer.

I have used almost every fuel on the market and have always had my favorites, just like many of you charcoal fanatics out there. However, since using the new Weber briquettes, I haven’t used anything else.  After grilling with them once, I was speechless and in awe. Those of you that know me understand that for me to be speechless, it takes a lot. From lighting to grilling, everything was a better experience. One thing I was really excited about was when I filled a full chimney starter with the briquettes, is I do not lose the bottom ones to ash.  The chimney starter stays full which was really exciting. This hardly happens when I use other briquettes. Once in the grill, the temperature quickly climbed to upwards of 700 degrees. I had a hard time waiting the ten minutes to preheat because I wanted to put my steaks on after only five minutes due to my excitement.

I placed my two inch thick filets on the grill over indirect heat for about ten minutes a side. Towards the end, I turned up the heat to sear them. The consistency of the heat was unreal in the unit. I never had to worry about the temperatures dropping. After I took the filets off, I still had a fair amount of fuel left, so I threw some chicken breasts on and cooked those too. The final result with the steak was, per my wife, one of the best that I have ever grilled for her. If you know my wife and how she evaluates my barbecue, you would understand what a pinnacle was reached with her comment about that steak.

The following day, I put a brisket on the grill using more of the Weber charcoal.  Being that I grilled the night before I forgot to put the bag back inside my garage.  Ironically it rained all night which in the past would have ruined my charcoal.  Fortunately for me the Weber charcoal comes in a resealable weather resistant bag and the charcoal was not ruined. When it came to smoking I did not have to adjust the dampers at all after locking in the unit at 250 degrees. It stayed steady throughout the entire cook. Overall, I used less charcoal and to be honest, I have never cooked a brisket like I did with these briquettes. Now, to give you background, I have logged in over 1000 hours on my Summit Charcoal Grill, and after using these briquettes just once, my grilling game has gone to another level. The results I have had over the last six to nine months using this charcoal have been amazing. I never thought I would look at charcoal as anything more than a fuel source, but after grilling, barbecuing, and smoking with the new Weber briquettes, I see it as a necessity. It is the perfect complement to a Weber grill. Next time you are out shopping and see that beautiful bag of Weber briquettes, pick one up and take your grilling to the next level. I promise you will enjoy them, but more important, so will all the people you grill for.

What are your thoughts? (5)

02.15.17

Randy D

I'm really interested in trying your new charcoal. I just purchased a 14.5 weber smokey mountain and like to know how much ash buildup from the charcoal.

02.15.17

Kevin Kolman

Randy,
You will have ash build-up from any kind of charcoal you use. Weber Briquettes will produce about the same amount of ash as traditional briquettes. I look forward to hearing about your bbq adventures with our new briquettes. Share your pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! - Kevin

02.12.17

Robert S

We're can you buy them in USA?

02.11.17

Kevin Kolman

Robert,
You can buy them now where Weber Grills are sold!! If you have an Ace, True Value, Home Depot or Lowe's near you, those places should have them. Use our dealer locator to find a retailer near you: http://dealer.weber.com/
Hope this helps and keep us posted on what you think!

02.09.17

Mark W

I tried the charcoal this weekend & was pleasantly surprised. The briquettes were quite a bit larger than the Kingsford I normally use, they lit well, they were ready in the same amount of time & they burned hotter. The following day I checked & there was plenty of charcoal left for another cook. Moving forward I will only use 3/4 of a chimney. My only complaint is with the bag. The opening is in the front not on top & is too small (in my opinion). It wouldn't pour adequately, I'd shake it & the charcoal would get backed up, I finally just cut the top off the bag becausse it wasn't worth the hassle. Aside from that issue I would recommend this charcoal.

02.09.17

Kevin Kolman

Mark,
Thanks for the feedback, I am very happy to hear you enjoyed the charcoal. After using it for the last 9-12 months, I have never been happier than when grilling with this charcoal. It burns long, burns true, and so consistent. Which is exactly what you need when grilling, smoking and bbq’ing! Thank you for the feedback about the bag. We will definitely pass it along to our product team. Keep the feedback coming and always Grill On!!

02.03.17

Gary H

Kevin, I've envied our European brethren for some time. Glad these finally leaped over the pond. Can't wait to try them this weekend; my Lowe's just got them in. Any chance for some new BBQ accessories this year?

02.02.17

Kevin Kolman

Gary,
We have some stuff coming soon!! Enjoy those briquettes. They are amazing and I can say with confidence, I would never use anything else!! Keep in touch and Grill On!!

01.29.17

John R

Great review Kevin. I was excited when I first heard of Weber's briquettes. I've just really gotten into charcoal cooking this past year and have a new Performer Deluxe which I love in addition to my 18 WSM. Knowing Weber's reputation I have no question the briquettes are an excellent product. The only down side for me is they are a little cost prohibitive running about $20 for a 20 lb bag here. Perhaps if and when there is a sale I will give them a try.

01.29.17

Kevin Kolman

I appreciate the kind words my BBQ friend. I realize they cost more then traditional briquettes but Weber Briquettes are 100% all natural so you use less and get a longer burn. One thing I have paid attention to is when I am grilling the most important meals I must control every BBQ factor possible. I want the best grill, best charcoal, best meat, best seasoning and best instruction. If I can get all of these the results will always speak for themselves. Try a bag next time you are grilling and smoking and let me know what you think. I promise these briquettes won't disappoint and more importantly they will provide results like never before. Keep me posted and Grill On!!

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