Had a full house this Thanksgiving when the new Samsung range gave out at around T-minus 30 Turkey done. Thank God for the old Weber kettle grill!
A couple of weeks ago we got a new Samsung range here at Casalembo. Seemed pretty good, although a bit on the expensive side (I don’t generally weigh in on major appliance purchases, back in the early days I was buried up to my ears in Estate accountings and ceded all authority on such matters to the wife). Around 30 minutes before T-time there reportedly was a loud “pop” and then the Samsung died (I was out taking the dog for a walk with the kids at the time). Resetting the circuit breaker brought the range back on line, but we couldn’t get it up above 160 degrees F in either baking or convection modes.
Disaster loomed. And then I recalled my legendary experiences in law school with my first Weber kettle grill.
It only took a few minutes to get some charcoal going in our current 22-1/2″ Weber One Touch charcoal grill. After that it was just a matter of carrying the bird down to the lower deck where the in-kettle temp was already up to around 275 degrees F (careful maintenance of the amount of coals involved got that temp up to a steady 325 degrees F before long).
An hour later we pulled the foil from the top of the turkey and stuck in the thermometer. A perfect 165 F all around!
Despite a holiday-threatening failure of Korean heavy industry, in the end everything worked out.
I was so impressed by the performance of the Weber that I’ve decided to use it to cook our Thanksgiving turkey next year (whether or not Samsung gets its act together enough to actually send someone out to repair the range by that time).
Here are a couple of competing videos on that subject that come as the result of my initial research:
First, what you might consider the “official” version from Weber:
Next, a source with more of a Southern accent:
NOTE TO THE PRESIDENT OF SAMSUNG GROUP: Just think of how nice it would have been if the headline above had been, “Samsung saves Thanksgiving”. Alas, it was not meant to be. Check with your appliance engineering and possibly manufacturing quality units on why (wait a bit for Customer Service, they seem to like taking their time about actually connecting customers with assistance — no reason for you to get better treatment, is there?).