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June 28, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Compatible: iPhone, iPad, Android
Charred steaks and burnt vegetables are a thing of the past with the Weber’s On The Grill app, which teaches the tricks for becoming a grill master.
The app opens with a crisp black background of options on where to begin. Users can check out the newest recipes added, pull up their favorites or browse recipes by selecting a category such as starters and type of meat. Whether users want scallop tacos with cabbage slaw and avocado sauce or all-American steak burgers, Weber’s On The Grill has it covered.
The “recipes” tab provides the user with options such as starters, red meat, pork and poultry. These options help narrow down the type of recipe that’s being browsed. The Weber app allows users to save the recipe by selecting the “add to favorites” option.
One useful feature is the grill timer: A ding lets grillers know when it’s time to flip the steak or remove chicken. The app also gives more than 100 tips, such as how to start a charcoal grill, to help beginners prepare meals.
The “grocery cart” makes shopping convenient. When users are at the store, they can see the list of ingredients necessary for each dish. Ingredients are even separated into categories such as fresh produce, meat and poultry, type of oil and spices. After the item is in the cart — literally — you can check it off the ingredients list.
Another grilling app, iGrillMaster, offers a more up-front choice of meat or veggie options and offers selections of how it can be cooked; this is one department the Weber app is lacking. It tells users how long to prepare it but doesn’t give them the options such as medium to well done.
A wireless temperature monitoring system would make Weber’s On The Grill complete. An app called iGrill allows users to point phones at a steak, and a reading will show how much longer it’ll take to cook to desired temperature. The iGrill app is pricey at almost $100.
There are hundreds of recipe apps, but when it comes to grilling, of the three Vox tested, Weber’s On The Grill brings the most value to the picnic table. It gives users standard features such as a timer and the amount of people the dish serves. Offering more than 280 different recipes, the app gives information needed to become the next “Top Chef” griller. Friends might start calling you Bobby Flay with Weber’s on the Grill.