Sunday, June 14, 2015

Culinary Archaeology: I Uncovered a (Relatively) Ancient Weber One Touch Grill

So I was at my parents house rummaging through their shed attempting to clear a path to get their lawn mower out when I stumbled upon something wonderful. A mid-80s Weber One-Touch still in the box!

How do I know it was from the mid-80s? Because I very clearly remember my mother winning it. She won it from Miller Brewing by filling out one of those little contest cards at the Madison Ave Price Choppers (the one that used to have the stone turtles out front, those stone turtles loom large in my childhood memories). This was when we still lived on South Main in good old Albs.

I guess I always just thought that my parents used the grill and then retired it at some point in my family's past. But no. There it was. Lying in the shed still in its box...

I have been looking for a small kettle grill that would be a bit more expedient for a quick summer dinner then my other monstrosity of a grill. So this was sort of a mana from heaven situation. The Weber One-Touch grill is a damn good product and will still set you back about 130 American.

Also, I have a feeling that the mid-80s Weber standards of production were much higher then they currently are. I am indescribably pleased with this find.

Here she is assembled.

What a beauty! 

As a bonus, it came with a neat little cookbook with the typically grotesque sort of food photography that was all the rage in the 1980s.

That is all. I was plum tickled pink by finding this 30 year old piece of grilling hardware and I just thought I would share.


  1. Awesome...I love my Weber Kettle...and yes the 80's version I'm sure is better constructed than the one I purchased a few years ago...great find!!!

  2. Don't use! In the box! It's collectable :-)
    or: Find the turkey recipe. Make it.

    Dave S

    1. I am a recovering collector. I have handed classic toys in their boxes to my children and let them rip them open and play. One child's smile is worth more to me then any amount of money. The grilling pleasure I will get from this Weber is worth more to me then any other value I might derive from it.

    2. I think you have the right attitude. So find the turkey recipe! I don't remember which size grill we had but it cooked a whole smallish turkey quickly, with amazingly little charcoal. Last but not least, it was very tasty!
      I wish we used it on Thanksgiving...

      Dave S

      PS: post more often!

  3. Love my 19 inch Weber grill. Grilling with charcoal is manly, and it's a lot more difficult than a grilling with gas, and it's a pain in the ass, which makes it all the more manly. Plus, it takes a lot of practice to grill well with charcoal. I have no desire to get a gas grill.


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