Watermelon Salad & Smoked Bananas on the Weber Summit Charcoal Grill

Steve Sheinkopf  |  June 05, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

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We test most appliances sold at Yale. That’s the benefit of having live displays and a trained chef. You can better translate the product's benefits or in some cases deficiencies by actually cooking with the unit.

We will start publishing the tests performed in store during the week on Sundays.  Monday through Friday will be ideas, product comparisons and the regular how-to's.

This first Sunday is dedicated to the new Weber Charcoal Summit Grill.

Weber Summit Charcoal Grill

We wrote an article about this new Weber Summit Charcoal Grill. The Summit Charcoal uses the power of gas with the flavor of charcoal. It performed well, especially while smoking the banana.

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Grilled Watermelon Salad



  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • ½ Onion, red
  • 5 oz. Feta cheese
  • 6 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Lemon, juice and zest
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper, fresh ground 
  • ½ small Watermelon, seedless
  • 2 Tbsp. Mint, freshly, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Oregano, freshly chopped

Method of Preparation:

  1. Prepare grill by turning the searing grates upright then preheat to high. Let grill preheat for about 5-10 minutes to develop a high temperature.
  2. Quarter the olives and place them in a medium bowl. Slice the onion fine and add to the olives. Cut the feta cheese into small ½ “cubes and reserve.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together 5 tablespoons of the oil, the lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper then pour over the olives and onions.
  4. Remove all rind from the watermelon then slice into ¾” thick wedges. Brush each side with the remaining tablespoon of oil then grill for 1-2 minutes on each side.Quickly remove the watermelon from the grill and cut into a large dice. Add the watermelon and feta to the salad. Fold in the chopped herbs at the last minute just before serving.

Grilled Smoked Bananas with Dark Chocolate and Toasted Hazelnuts



  • 1 cup Pecan wood chips, soaked in water
  • 4 small Bananas, semi-ripe
  • ½ tsp Sea salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Dark chocolate, chopped fine
  • 4-6 tsp. Hazelnuts, chopped, toasted
  • Optional Vanilla ice cream

Method of Preparation:

  1. Prepare grill for indirect grilling by lighting hardwood charcoal then positioning it to one side. If using a gas burner or electric grill, leave one burner off and turn another burner to medium and one to low. Remove pecan chips from water and spread out on a paper towel; let air dry for 5 minutes.
  2. Slice the peel of each banana down the middle with a small knife and remove the top half of the peel leaving the entire banana to sit in the peel like a boat. Make several small slits in the banana then grill for 1-2 minutes over the coals. Move bananas to the indirect grilling area, away from the coals (or over the unlit burner). When hardwood coals have just past there burning peak (medium heat with medium glowing embers), sprinkle wood chips over the coals; as they start to smoke, cover the grill. Smoke bananas for 3-5 minutes.  If using an electric/gas grill, fill a smoker box with the pecan chips and place the box over the medium burner. Let chips ignite and begin to smoke then cover grill. 
  3. Remove cover of grill and sprinkle each banana with salt, then add chocolate and nuts.
  4. To serve, place a banana on each plate and garnish with one scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Sweet Potatoes



  • 4 Sweet potatoes, medium size
  • 2 Tbsp. Canola oil
  • To taste Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup Maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. Harissa powder or smoked paprika
  • 1 Lime, zest only
  • 2 oz. Feta or cotija cheese, crumbled

Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat grill to medium high. If using a steam oven, preheat steam oven to 212˚F. Cut potatoes into wedges lengthwise then lay out on a sheet pan and steam for 6-7 minutes. Sweet potatoes can also be blanched in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove from water, rinse under cold water then drain.
  2. Brush potato wedges with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill lightly on each side for 3-4 minutes then move wedges to a cooler area of the grill and brush with the maple syrup. Continue to cook wedges for an additional 5-7 minutes or until potatoes are tender but still firm enough to hold their shape.
  3. Remove potatoes from grill and sprinkle with the harissa (or paprika) then arrange on a plate and garnish with lime zest and crumbled cheese. Serve while still warm.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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