Picture from Weber.com
We love grilling in our household. We use our grill year round and cook everything from the standard meat to artichokes to pizzas on it. So in honor of the Official Start of the Grilling Season in the United States (Memorial Day Weekend), I thought I would write about the Weber Grill.
The first Spring we spent in Switzerland we noticed the grills popping up at the local hardware stores and immediately went to purchase a Weber Grill.
We were surprised when a couple of weeks later a Swiss visitor said, "Oh, you've purchased a Swiss grill!"
Later, a German visitor proudly proclaimed it a German brand of grill.
And I was very surprised when even later I was told by an Australian that Weber is an Australian company.
Let me take this time to dispel all of this.
The familiar kettle grill was invented by George Stephen, Sr. in Palatine, Illinois in 1952. He was a welder with the Weber Brothers Metal Works and originally made the grill for just himself. Others saw it and liked it and he made a few more. The grill business took off. Eventually he purchased the company and renamed it Weber-Stephen.
I think it interesting that the Weber Marketing Department has been so successful in placing their brand that so many others swear the grill is original to their country. After all, when you visit the Weber website, it asks you to select your country and language. You can select from 29 countries and 22 languages. Pretty impressive.
But make no mistake.
The Weber Grill is 100% American!
And while we are on the topic, may I just mention something else that drives me a bit batty?
Cooking on a grill is called "grilling."
"Barbecuing" is a very specific method of cooking involving the use of spice rubs or at least a spicy sauce. Please stop using it to describe any type of cooking on an outdoor grill. (I specifically address this to the Australians out there! It's time to start saying "Throw another shrimp on the grill!")
Thank you for your attention.