View Full Version : Poor Boy's Santa Maria for Weber Kettle

03-15-2018, 08:14 PM
So the plan for tonight was to grill burgers, and I was initially going to do them over the fire pit. Then inspiration struck and voila: My new Weber Kettle Santa Maria for less than $20.

Now if I could only figure out how to post pictures right side up!

03-15-2018, 10:13 PM

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Kanco Connection
03-15-2018, 10:16 PM
Neat idea. Like it

03-15-2018, 10:18 PM

03-15-2018, 10:33 PM
Good idea and nice looking meal!

03-16-2018, 02:41 AM
just add sausage. innovative mate

03-16-2018, 03:01 AM
Good idea, I like it. Meal looks good also.

Here you go, I put your pictures top side up.

03-16-2018, 05:48 AM
Nice, I saw that and was like "duh, that's so obvious we all missed it 'til now."

Gary Tomato
03-16-2018, 06:52 AM
you should go out and grab yourself a tri-tip for tomorrow night!

03-16-2018, 06:58 AM
It should have been obvious to me a long time ago. The only reason I thought of it was because I was planning on just building a fire in the small fire pit behind the kettle, and it wasn't until I moved the fire pit near the grills (it was windy and I needed a wind break, hence the tarp) that it dawned on me to use the campfire tripod over my kettle. I almost literally tripped over the idea.

03-16-2018, 07:10 PM
Where did you get the campfire tripod?

03-16-2018, 10:19 PM
Where did you get the campfire tripod?
I've seen them for sale, but you can make your own.

03-17-2018, 12:03 AM
That is some good thinking on your part. BRAVO!!!

03-17-2018, 01:28 AM
I just face slapped myself till I got dizzy. So obvious I couldn't see it. I have a cheap coleman model from walmart. Was on sale for 10 bucks. Oooooooo, I'm soooooo excited. To brochip1, thank you !!

03-17-2018, 08:13 AM
My tripod came from Wally World as well. However it wasn't on sell when I bought it. I think it cost me about $18.50 back in December. Also, there is one thing the pictures don't show. I wasn't satisfied with the height but I did have three bricks laying around that were just just tall enough to raise the total height a couple of inches.

Big George's BBQ
03-17-2018, 09:11 AM
Very clever Nice cook too

03-17-2018, 09:18 AM
Where did you get the campfire tripod?
Google has them.

03-17-2018, 10:38 AM
I was looking at cobbling together a santa maria accessory for my kettle.

May do this instead- no welding and CHEAP. I see a trip to Lowes coming up... right after I get done with the family weekly cook. "hey dad- are you firing up a smoker today"

03-17-2018, 11:58 AM
One thing I like about using this tripod is that while I cooked I could spin the grate to evenly pass the burgers over the heat.

03-17-2018, 12:51 PM
One thing I like about using this tripod is that while I cooked I could spin the grate to evenly pass the burgers over the heat.
Or swing it. I'm sure beer is involved, since you only need one hand to keep the grate going.

03-17-2018, 02:00 PM
Wouldn't the swinging (cool as it is) be a hindrance if you had to use a spatula or turner?

Fine- I suppose I could put the bottle down for a few minutes. :grin:

I can't see it hurting tong usage too much. Beer plus tongs for the win :grin: :grin:

Smoking Piney
03-17-2018, 03:16 PM
Improvise, adapt, overcome.........

That's thinking outside the box.

03-17-2018, 03:54 PM
Great idae. How tall is the tripod?

03-17-2018, 04:58 PM
Just a guess, but about 5'6"

03-17-2018, 06:57 PM
5'6" while angled? Or just stood up vertical?

Oh bother. I will snag me 3 stick of 3/4" emt conduit and swag it. I can always trim it down.

03-17-2018, 07:10 PM
5'6" while angled? Or just stood up vertical?

Oh bother. I will snag me 3 stick of 3/4" emt conduit and swag it. I can always trim it d 7 1/2 feet

7 1/2 ft here.

03-17-2018, 07:21 PM
That was after it was spread out and angled. I like the one that dadsr4 linked to. The one I'm using has legs with bungee cords in them that come apart and fold up (like tent poles), it also came with a nylon bag that it stores in when not in use.

03-18-2018, 01:34 PM
Ok- hit the Lowes as they opened Had my shopping list. I did add a pulley and use #12 single jack chain. Figured I could use S hooks to hold the 3 chains to the grate... don't use those- use snap bolt or cheap carabiners. During my cold testing, I had several hard landings on the makeshift fire pit (weber) which dislodged the s hooks. If the grates were hot and loaded with food, that'd been "bad". Wife had some cheapo aluminum carbiners- put them on- worked a treat. Laid a fire with charcoal and a couple of pc of oak- hit it with the weed burner and was "Just a swingin'!" in a few minutes. Conecuh sausage and ball park franks (don't judge). Was fine eating and fun as hell.

thanks Brochip1 !!

03-18-2018, 02:14 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I know I had fun with it. There's something uniquely satisfying about this style of grilling.

03-19-2018, 12:20 PM
When I was stationed in Germany, many trips to local fests saw Schwenker grills like this being used to make Schwenkbraten. Oh man, that was a heavenly slice of fatty pork, grilled over one of these spinning contraptions to a perfect caramelization, put on a bun, or Brotchen. A little Senf (spicy mustard) and a cold beer and I was good. Well, until both were gone and I'd go back and get more. Hard to find that cut of meat in the states. Closest I've heard is to use neck meat, but haven't found a butcher that sells it. There's a German based grocery store just opened recently. Will be checking there soon.

Sorry, I got side tracked. Let me wipe up this drool. Um, nice post...