by GaryGlen, Contributing Author
Grilling…yep, there’s an app for that.
All iPhone users know how much we love our apps, but when you’re a barbecue fanatic, Weber’s On the Grill app was a must have. If for nothing else, just curiosity.
Start up the app and you are immediately taken to the recipe selection page. It includes everything from starters to desserts. There are recipes for rubs, marinades and sauces. There’s also a tab labeled “TIPS” that has some pretty handy tidbits of helpful information about grilling.
The bottom navigation bar has a section on techniques, which includes basics, food prep, safety and maintenance along with several videos. There’s also a grill guide that lets you select the type and weight of various cuts of meat and then tells you cooking method and times. Also included is a nifty little timer. I found the search feature to function seamlessly.
I heard the meatloaf was good, so let’s make that today. I clicked on “Red Meat”. Everything from veal, steaks and burgers were there. Quite a few innovative recipes, as well. 55 recipes just in red meat, if I counted correctly.
Staying on track for the moment, I selected the Barbequed Meat Loaf with Shitake mushrooms. I was taken to the page that summarized serving size, prep time and grilling time. There was the ingredient list and directions all laid out for me.
I then selected the “Add to grocery list” option at the bottom of the page. I also selected “Add to favorites” so I could easily find it once I return from the grocery store. I selected “Groceries” at the bottom navigation bar and behold, there was my grocery list with a “share” option up on the top of the page. A handy option should you want to send it to your spouse to pick up on their way home from work. I mailed it to myself so I could print it out. If you choose several recipes, a view all ingredients section is automatically compiled for you.
I followed the directions exactly. I must say it turned out pretty good.
The only improvement I would like to see is the ability to store my own recipes, especially if I make adjustments to theirs. I don’t like the timer. It only works if you leave the Weber application open. Until they fix that, be sure to use the timer on your iPhone, not Weber’s.
All in all, I’d say this is a petty cool app to have around. For the beginner, it’s a great help in getting started since the app almost takes you by the hand and guides you from start to finish. As an experienced griller, I found the app to come in pretty handy for that last minute meal decision, with shopping list ready to go.
With over 250 food recipes and an additional 40 sauce, rub and marinade recipes, you should be able to stay busy most of the year before starting over. At $4.99, it’s pricey as far as apps are concerned, yet very affordable for what the same money would buy you at the bookstore.
There are several grilling apps out there. Do you have any experience with any of them? I’d like to try another.