out of 5
Weber 330 Exceeds ExpectationsMarch 31, 2012
My seven-year-old Vermont Castings grill finally gave up the ghost. It performed reasonably well, and I cooked many delicious family meals on it. Compared to the Sunbeam, Charbroil, and Coleman grills that came before, it was the best, but it was time to move on to a new grilling chapter in my life. That's when the new Weber Genesis caught my eye. Standing there amongst the other grills in the big box store, it beckoned a closer inspection. Though this particular unit was an unflattering copper color, it was clear from the uncluttered simplicity of the design yet solid feeling lid and controls that this was no ordinary grill. I was ready to impulse buy right there. But copper toned?!! Not a chance. So I had to special order the Hunter Green model from Home Depot's mother ship back east. Now, I could have bought the stainless steel model right next to it but, as any experienced grill master knows, they never seem to cook as well with all that radiant heat reflecting all around inside. No, the green model it would be. It showed up on time and in perfect condition, ready for my teenage daughter and me to assemble. How has it performed so far? This grill goes to 11 (on a scale of 1 to 10). It cooks everything at the right temperature without damaging flare ups or accidental incinerations; it is a very forgiving grill. In fact, it is the first grill that actually...truly.. ..really sears the steaks. I used to have to heat up a heavy lined pan on the side burner of the old VC grill until it reached 4000 degrees kelvin in order to pre-sear the steaks before putting them on the grill for some smoky goodness. The ""sear station"" works as advertised. But the real benefit of this grill is not how high, but how low it can cook, which it does well when it's rib time. It slow cooks them almost like a real wood-fired barbeque (with or without the optional wood smoker accessory). To sum it up, it is easy to clean, efficient, attractive, and man does it cook well! At around $900 delivered to my front door, I consider it a real bargain. And it is nice for a change to buy something made mostly here in the US. Bon Appetit!
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