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Most experts agree that you should use a cooking log to record each and every one of your barbecue sessions.  Over time, this will become a valuable source of information you can refer back to in order to replicate your great successes, or avoid some of your mistakes.

For a copy of the cooking log I use, click on one of the links below.

  • Sample Cooking Log (Excel Spreadsheet | PDF)

Cowboy Boot IconMiscellaneous Tips

  • Safety should always be your first concern!

    • Keep an eye on your Weber Bullet throughout the entire cooking process.
    • Do not operate your cooker near combustible materials.
    • Keep a fire extinguisher on-hand in case of emergency.
    • Use heat-resistant gloves or mitts when handling cooker components while they're hot.
    • Make sure charcoal ashes are fully extinguished and disposed of properly.
    • Follow all the standard recommendations for safe food handling, refrigeration, internal meat temperatures, personal hygiene, sanitary work surfaces and tools, and so on.

  • You can burn-off your cooking grills by heating them on your gas grill.   Use a brass bristle brush to scrub debris from the grill surfaces.

  • You can steam-clean the exterior of your cooker by wiping it down with a damp cloth while the surface is hot.  This does a great job of removing the smoke stains around the top vent and the access door.  If you do this, make sure to wear heat-resistant gloves so you don't get burned.

  • To protect your patio or deck while using your Weber Bullet, put your cooker on top of a large-sized undercar oil drip pan (available at auto centers for under $10).  It will catch any drips or spills from the cooker and gives you someplace to set down the lid or grills without messing things up.  You can even start a chimney of charcoal on the pan without scorching your concrete patio.  The pan cleans up easily with soap and water.ribrack.gif (3007 bytes)

  • Weber makes a Premium Rib Rack that holds 4 racks of ribs, cut into halves.  It consists of a porcelain coated frame and 8 detachable chrome racks.  You can insert just the number of racks you need (the picture shows only 4 racks inserted), and the whole thing comes apart for easy cleaning.   Using two of these units, I can cook 8 full racks of ribs at one time in my Weber Bullet.  You can find the Weber Premium Rib Rack at better home and garden centers, barbecue specialty stores, or at the Weber Web site.

  • Here's a rib rub recipe from John Berwald of Armadillo Willy's Barbecue, my favorite BBQ joint.  Reprinted without permission from an article in the San Jose Mercury News, May 20, 1998.

Armadillo Willy’s Rib Rub

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup paprika
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp granulated garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp crushed fennel seed
1/2 tsp ground coriander


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