Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

Urban Beardsman
Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill

Summer is officially heating up, and so is the Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill. It’s time to treat yourself to the best this season. Like your beard, Weber is the original; often imitated but never duplicated.

It started in 1952 when George Stephen Sr. was working at Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago, Illinois. His primary mission was manufacturing marine buoys when he came up with an idea for a grill. He invented a dome-shaped grill with a lid to protect food from the elements. To create the original Weber Grill he cut a buoy in half, added air vents, and legs.

“Neighbors called it a spaceship and had a good laugh- and a taste of delicious grilled steak. Suddenly George’s ‘folly’ was in such hot demand he couldn’t make them fast enough. So he branched out on his own and went into full-time production. By the end of the decade, he bought out Weber Brothers Metal Works and changed the name to Weber-Stephen Products Co. and focused on changing the world one barbecue at a time.”

The Weber Performer Deluxe has all of the bells and whistles. A hinged cooking grate allows you to lift up sections of the grill to add or move the charcoal underneath. The Char-Basket charcoal fuel holders allow you to control exactly where the heat is, whether direct or indirect. Classic porcelain-enameled bowl and lid features a glass-reinforced nylon handle, and a slick tuck-away lid holder to the side.

The One-Touch cleaning system has a three pronged ash sweeper that swings to move ashes into the high-capacity ash catcher. Weber’s Touch-N-Go gas ignition system lights charcoal briquettes with just the push of a button.

Aluminum damper, built-in thermometer, removable cook timer, and CharBin storage container add to the appointments. The heavy-duty steel cart frame is solid and the painted metal table offers what most charcoal grills do not; an area for food prep and plates. With rubber-molded wheels and handy tool hooks you will want for nothing.

The Weber Performer Deluxe Grill comes in Black, Green, and Copper. Like growing a beard, charcoal grilling takes time and patience. You’re already a master of the beard, now it’s time to be a master of the grill.

$399 www.weber.com


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