The Weber Genesis – The Grill That Started My Love Affair with Grilling
I have a confession to make. I’m cheating on my first Weber Genesis with a brand new, Crimson Red, Weber Genesis. As many of you may know, the Weber Genesis is what I call my “gateway grill” –ie, that was my introductory drug into grilling. From there I went on to get a Weber Performer, a BGE, a Weber Smoky Mountain… you get the picture!
When people ask me what grill they should buy, my first question is- are you looking for Gas or Charcoal? If they say Gas, I recommend the Weber Genesis (and if for charcoal- the Performer is my recommendation). What I love about this grill (and all Webers) is that they are built to last, and you can replace the parts over time. They are a long term investment versus the cheaper, crappy $199 grills you can buy at Home Depot that are made in China. I refer to these types as “throwaway grills” because you will have to throw them away after 2 years of use.
The bottom line is that Weber makes a quality grill that will go the distance with you for years to come.
My new Weber Genesis has some features I’m really loving over my 5 year old Weber Genesis. Back in 2011 Weber changed the burner configuration on the Genesis. My Genesis 1.0 (which I got back in 2008) had the burners in a horizontal configuration, ie, left to right. This meant when you did direct/vs indirect cooking your zones would be front/back.
The new Genesis has burners are in a vertical configuration- this means when doing direct/indirect you can create a left/right zone for which, in my opinion, makes more sense.
The Genesis comes in 2 options- the 310 and the 330. The 330 offers what is called the “Sear Station” while the 310 keeps the standard 3 knob burner configuration.
The “Sear Station” is a dedicated area with an extra burner that, when turned on high in combination with the other burners will reach temps of 800-900 degrees and produces restaurant quality sear marks.
The knobs on this Weber are in a smarter location- on the front, which gives more room on the side table as a work space. The 1.0 version had the knobs on the side table which took workable space away. (As an FYI, Weber changed this burner configuration back in 2011 which was a smart move).
The Genesis has 2 grate options depending on which version you buy: The E-330 Model (colors available for this one include Black, Copper and Green) comes with porcelain enameled grates. The EP 330 Model (available in black, cooper, green and the new Crimson Red and Smoke colors) comes with stainless steel cooking grates.
The color- as you can see from my choices- my first Weber came in a beautiful hunter green that I bought at a specialty retailer, not just off the shelf at Home Depot. This new EP 330 is Crimson Red, is an option that is available only at a specialty retailer. Their other special color for this season is the “smoke” color. I like supporting my local guys when I can versus going to Home Depot.
The price point for the Genesis EP 330 is $999, while this is not inexpensive, but if you are looking for a grill that will go the distance with you and offer years of grilling enjoyment, this is the one! You can easily cook for 4+ people on this grill without having to grill in batches as this grill offers plenty of BTUS and grill space. If you are looking to get your first ever gas grill and have a smaller budget, the Weber Spirit is an excellent choice at $499.
- Weber Genesis EP 330
- Stainless Steel Cooking Grates
- 3 Stainless Steel buners (“flavorizer Bars”)
- Sear Station
- BTUs: 38,000 per hour input
- Total Cooking Area: 637 square inches
- Grill Dimensions with Lid Open:
If you are in the market for a grill with ample cooking space and plenty of horsepower, this is the grill for you. Weber makes high quality grills that will endure the test of time- the awesome meals and memories you make on this grill will make this grill feel like your trusty best friend, waiting for your next cooking adventure in the back yard. This is a great grill, which is why I have 2. 🙂
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