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Category: Chef’s Stories


In Chicago in 1956 one of the welders at Weber Brothers Metal Works named George Stephen, made a grill by cutting a metal buoy in half. The Weber folks were already making grills. They’d begun to do that in 1952. But George Stephen made his with said buoy and a giant shift occurred that day.  One hemisphere of his more globe shaped version held the charcoal and the other hemisphere held in the heat and smoke. The cover was as important as the bowl. Bingo! Millions of American backyards soon filled with families charring steaks, burgers, sausage links, chicken, ribs… and more…