Before I get into the article, can you just take a look at the starting image (it's not the one I posted above)? What a wonderful photo! Muted colors, great dynamic range, and of course, that wholesome nuclear family look. Can't get that today without a whole lot of work!
Now, let's focus on the story here: American GI's are the reason why BBQ grills are so damn popular. Who would have thought!
In the late 1940s, homeowners ordered permanently constructed grills for their backyards. Marketed as “barbeque broilers,” they were made of bulky brick with a chimney for ventilation.
But then Weber changed the cook-out game forever. Founder George Stephen invented the iconic kettle grill in 1951. To achieve a hemispherical design for evenly distributed heat, Stephen cut a marine buoy in half, then laid charcoal briquettes in the bottom and a grate across the top. The kettle retailed for $29.95 (about $271, adjusted for today’s inflation).
Just an interesting little tidbit of history.
And yes, apparently, the title of this post is true: A group of BBQ grills is known as a pride.