Cooking Steak on a Weber Charcoal BBQ

I thought it was about time to share how I cook great steak on my Weber Charcoal BBQ. Now when I say “steak”, I mean the kind of steak that you share with your family or “get your meal for free” size steak. So this could be a large cut t-bone or a tomahawk or a ribeye. For my demo I am cooking a 1.1kg yearling ribeye, which will be dinner for my 7 year old, my wife and myself. We will also get some leftovers for lunches through the week.

So first of all I get the Weber set up for the cook. This is indirect cooking so I have an empty basket on one side of the BBQ with an aluminium try adjacent (which the meat will sit above). I leave the access grill up ready for the hot charcoal. I always have my smoking wood ready to go too. If you want to keep an eye on the temperature, you can also use an internal thermometer, this is optional as cooking times should be around 1 1/2 hours with the indirect method. Below is what it looks like.

Weber BBQ setup

Next we light some charcoal in a chimney. I normally measure how much I need with the other empty basket and add a little extra for luck. It takes about 20-30mins to get a nice white glow, which is just enough time to prepare the meat.

Charcoal heating in chimney

So now we are going to prepare the meat, I protect myself with some nitrile gloves. Google these guys and find them from cooking shops or hardware stores. They are kinda heat and cutting resistant, so perfect while working with raw or cooked meat. Also you look really cool.

Nitrile Black Gloves

Now I take the meat out of the wrapper. At this point I will get excess moisture off the meat with kitchen towel.

Yearling Ribeye

Now for the rub. You can pick what you like. I am using Barbecue 101, which I got from a local Perth BBQ school. They also taught me how to cook this πŸ˜€.

Barbecue 101 Rub

I then shake reasonably amounts of the rub over the steak and help it out on the sides.

Steak covered in rub

Once the charcoal is ready, its time to get it all on. I will tip the charcoal into the basket and then pick up the strays with tongs. I then add a small amount of water to the aluminium tray, this helps keep the temperature low. The meat is place over the tray and away from the charcoal. Last of all I add the smoking wood to the charcoal and flip down the grill cover. It should look like the image below.

Weber with charcoal and meat

Now we put on the lid and make sure the holes are open on the lid and positioned over the steak so the smoke passes over the meat. I also open the bottom vents the whole way too and only close them if I think its too hot, maybe above 180C.

Now it time to get on with your condiments and enjoy the smells of the meat cooking.

Depending on how you like your steak, you will just need to cook until the internal temperature reaches the required amount. A quick google should provide an answer, but I use this website.

To measure you will need a meat temperature gauge. It is a good idea to use an instant one as they speed up the process. I have a Thermastick, it is great.

Thermastick, instant thermometer

Checking the meat around 1 1/2 hours and you should be close. Mine ended up taking about 1 3/4 hours and around 56C.

Ready at 56C

The final part of the cook is moving the steak over the charcoal. This is why my meat was a little less in temperature than what I wanted. By adding some rest time to the end the meat will also cook further.

Now it’s time for a little rest. At most I’d wait 30mins. I waited about 5 for this cook.

Resting the meat

Now it’s time to slice it up and it looks great.

Cutting the meat

I finished it off with some asparagus, broccolini and zucchini cooked on my gas Weber. Added some cherry tomatoes and leftover potatoes.

The final meal

Oh and it tasted amazing.

Launching an App to the App Store

Super Colour

It has been 2 weeks now since Super Colour was released on the App Store. What started with an experiment in converting Unit 4 from Apples’ Develop in Swift Explorations from Xcode Interface Builder to SwiftUI, ended up being a great learning experience and dare I say, a neat little app.

There a number of hurdles to get over when going through the whole process, which probably took more time than developing the app. It is not just a “click submit” and you are done, so keep that in mind if you decide to release something of your own.

From the data I can see it is installed on a whopping 20 iPhones worldwide, which does make me smile 😁. I honestly had the biggest fun making and releasing the app plus I already have plans for my next.

SwiftUI – Adding Tabs

This guide will show how to add Tabs to your app. It is quick and easy, thanks to SwiftUI and allows you start adding multiple views to your app.

SwiftUI – Creating New Views

This guide will show how to create a new View so that we can modularise our code, making it easier to modify and maintain.

Taking an Activity Notification Diet

No more Activity Notifications

I recently became aware of the Attention Diet by Mark Manson, it is a highly recommended read and it made me pause for reflection. In cutting back, I started to reduce my notifications and it made me rethink the Apple Watch Activity notifications.

Although motivational, they are also super annoying. Right now I am recovering from injury and I must not exercise as much, but the Apple Watch just doesn’t care.

So I’ve quit the notifications, just leaving on Special Challenges. Today was day 2 and it’s been great.

I’m not sure if I’ll turn it back on after I’ve recovered from my injury as I exercise enough and I’m happy to just complete my rings naturally.

Also Apple needs to add an β€œI’m injured/sick/resting” mode.

SwiftUI – Using SF Symbols

SF Symbols are a great little bonus when developing apps. It is a whole suite of iconography that can be used throughout a design. This guide explains how to use them in SwiftUI.

SwiftUI – Adding Images

In this guide, I will show you how to add images to a SwiftUI app. Look for a nice image before you start. 😊

SwiftUI – Adding Gradient Colour

SwifUI makes it super easy to add gradient colour effects to your app design. This guide will show you the basics to get started and provide some inspiration for your own designs.

SwiftUI – Adding Colour

In this guide, I will be explaining how to add colour to the SwiftUI app. It is very simple and I show a couple of tricks to make things easier.

SwiftUI – Alternative methods to add and modify Text and Stacks

In the follow up to my last post, this guide will show how to use the object library in Xcode to place Text and Stacks directly into the design preview of an app. Yes, this means knowing less code. It is a close to drag and drop coding you can get and it works rather well.

The guide also introduces the attributes inspector to modify objects in the design, say for instance what font style the Text has. Again less coding required. 😁