Master-Touch GBS Limited Edition Charcoal Barbecue 57cm | Official Weber® Website
The Weber MasterTouch is a kettle-style barbecue with some nice modern touches. There are special charcoal baskets at each side for indirect cooking and a grille that folds up to offer access to them. You can also lift up a circle in the centre of the grille and add foodie accessories such as a wok, griddle, pizza stone, poultry roaster, Dutch oven or sear grate. The Gourmet BBQ System grate allows you to lift out a section in the centre of the unit to add various foodie accessories such as wok, griddle, pizza stone, poultry roaster, Dutch oven and sear grate.
This lets you cook an incredibly wide range of dishes. The lid has a weatherproof handle with protective heat shield and a rust-proof aluminium vent to control temperature and airflow for perfect barbecuing.
The bowl is also fitted with a weatherproof handle and a lid holder, keeping the hot lid safely out of the way, or offering the ability to use it as a windbreak. Wheels make it extra easy to move the barbecue around single-handed, while the ash can is simple to remove for quick cleaning. Assembling the Master-Touch took about half an hour and required the use of a hammer, a screwdriver and a spanner.
On the whole, it went well. However, forgetting a wheel resulted in us having to remove a fitting that was designed to lock tight for eternity. Much monkeying around was required, but we succeeded. Build quality is pretty decent, then. Shame about the instructions, which only tell you what to do, without warning about what not to do. The result was a sturdy barbecue, but we soon realised that the wheels should have been opposite the handle. A quick mistake to rectify, but by this time we were spent, and so left them as they were.
The temperature gauge in the lid and air vents top and bottom are useful. Down below, the vents are controlled with a big handle. Below this is a removable ash collector for easy emptying; simply squeeze the handles together and pop it off.
Lighting was where the Master-Touch fell down, though. We experimented with the air vents top and bottom, but we only ever achieved warm, black coals, rather than proper flames followed by hot white coals.
However, with no chimney starter to hand, we tried the next best thing: This gave a much better result and let us test the barbecue to its full potential. We cooked bangers and burgers directly and found that the cooking was steady and fairly even.
Burgers were cooked through nicely and moist in the middle; bangers were nicely browned but not frazzled. However, the Char-Broil Kettleman performed better and is available for less money.
Home Reviews Home Appliance Cookers. By Caramel Quin August 27, 9: Pros Large capacity Good air vents. Cons Hard to light Assembly a little tricky. Key Features Review Price: What is the Weber Master-Touch? Sign up for the newsletter Get news, competitions and special offers direct to your inbox.
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