Did you know that Adelaide is the original home of Weber in Australia? Discover how versatile these popular barbecues really are, and totally lift your summer barbecue game with a class at Adelaide’s Weber Grill Academy.
Blink – and just like that we are at the pointy end of the silly season. If you’re anything like me you are mostly thinking of food right now, for the big day and for the lovely long days that follow through summer. Barbecues will be getting a major workout for the next few months in Australia, and Adelaide’s Weber Grill Academy, the first in Australia, is all about helping you to get the most out of their hugely popular range of barbecues.
Weber is the world’s leading manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills, smokers and barbecue accessories, but what most Australians don’t know is that our love affair with these terrific backyard staples began right here in Adelaide. Back in the late 1970s Adelaide’s Ross McDonald had his first experience of the Weber and became convinced that we needed them here in Australia.
Securing the Australian dealership, he set about helping Adelaide fall in love with Webers by cooking up a storm in Rundle Mall and offering free tastes to passersby. In the early days, anyone who bought one also got Ross, who would come to their home, assemble the barbecue, then help the customer cook their first meal.
Newly opened on Fullarton Road at Rose Park, Adelaide’s Weber Grill Academy doesn’t actually come to your house these days, but they are every bit as helpful as Ross was when it comes to helping customers maximise the use of their Weber barbecue. They have announced their summer series of barbecue experiences, running classes right through the holiday period, with a host of interactive options available. The classes have limited numbers, are Covid-safe, and guests get a delicious sit-down meal to enjoy, on top of learning about whichever experience they’ve chosen to explore.
I was invited to check them out and leapt at the chance to learn more about the Weber Q. I’ve had one for a few years, but have never ventured beyond chops and sausages, and was sure I was underusing it – and I was so right. In just a couple of hours under the careful tutelage of Adam Mizzi and Jacinda Gregg at Adelaide’s Weber Grill Academy I ended up increasing my Weber Q repertoire by over 100%!
The last time I was this obsessed with barbecue was when I was in the Philippines, and I’m deeply impressed with all the things my Weber Q can do that I didn’t know about. I have been treating recent guests to our house to exotic barbecued dishes like smoked chicken and cedar plank salmon. This clever little device can also bake pizza, cakes and even pavlova – seriously, chops have been the last thing I’d think of putting on the barbecue menu now.
Adelaide’s Weber Grill Academy features every style of Weber barbecue – from the iconic Weber Kettle, to Australia’s favourite Weber Q series and the all new exciting Smokefire. They can assist anyone to enjoy and learn regardless of previous experience. No, you don’t need to own a Weber to attend. Yes, you do get to eat the food you prepare afterwards – with a great SA wine or beer.
Check out their fabulous range of Weber experiences online here. And here’s the big tip for late Christmas shoppers – they also offer vouchers, so now you know exactly what to get for that hard-to-buy-for barbecue lover in your life. ?
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the happiest Christmas possible. May you all be with your loved ones as soon as possible, and may all of us have a happy AND healthy new year. Thanks for sticking with me – see you in 2021! ? ? ?
Lambs’ Ears was a guest of Adelaide’s Weber Grill Academy for this experience.