Mike Kempster, Guest Blogger

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Mike Kempster, Guest Blogger

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 (28)

Why Would Anyone Eat a Hedgehog?

Why Would Anyone Eat a Hedgehog?

Burgers, chicken, steak....hedgehog??

65 Years of Innovation

65 Years of Innovation

A look back on the last 65 years from the Godfather of the Weber brand!

Do Codfish Really Have Tongues?

Do Codfish Really Have Tongues?

A funny tale from the Weber archives

Firing Up The Firefighters

Firing Up The Firefighters

Find out why firefighters made the perfect grill demonstrators back in Weber's earliest days!

The Wishing Well

The Wishing Well

The history on this unusual grill.

A Firehouse Turkey Tale

A Firehouse Turkey Tale

What do a grill-roasted turkey and a house full of firefighters have in common? Both can be great ways to share the joy of grilling.

Holiday Heroics

Holiday Heroics

Cook the bird on a Weber Grill and never worry again!

My Perfectly Cool Kitchen

My Perfectly Cool Kitchen

Most of the time the weather, even in Chicago, is not too cold or wet to keep a grilling enthusiast from the great taste of grill-roasted turkey or prime rib.

Big Beautiful Burgers

Big Beautiful Burgers

When you crave a hot, juicy burger, you’ve gotta have a hot, juicy burger; nothing else will do.

Cuddling Up With Comfort Food

Cuddling Up With Comfort Food

As the crisp air fills with drifting leaves, I often find myself… well, hungry. Hungry for comfort food.