Weber Kettle Grills

For the high-heat, whole-grate burger test, we lit a chimney’s worth of briquets—the equivalent of six quarts, or about 90 coals of a former runner-up from our extensive briquet tests. We then oiled the grates and distributed 10 to 12 six-ounce patties across the whole cooking surface . While the burgers cooked we kept an eye weber genesis 2 out for undesirable flare-ups, which can char the meat and create acrid smoke, and examined the evenness of cooking on the different areas of the grates. After about 10 minutes of cooking , we compared how well each grill had seared the burgers, looking for any patties that were charred or unacceptably raw, and took a taste.

The Weber grill has three legs—an inherently stable design, because having three points of contact means the legs will automatically “find their level” even on bumpy ground. That said, the Napoleon model’s four legs felt just as stable, and more stiff, on a garden-variety concrete patio—and also allowed Napoleon to install a big, square shelf underneath the grill. The Weber grill has a smaller, triangular shelf, but it’s far less useful. Attaching the vent, ash catcher, and legs to the Weber is dead easy—everything simply snaps into place. We grilled large batches of burgers to test evenness of cooking and frequency of flare-ups .

Most recipes have relevant grill skill tips and timers, too, and some recipes even include step-by-step videos. Best of all, each month the app will be updated with a recipe weber q enhanced with a step-by-step video to walk you through the recipe for grilling success. However, the legs on the 26-inch unit can sometimes require a bit of fiddling around.

Also all kettles in the U.S. have switched over form welded on lid handles to bolt on with optional heat shield. The Kettles in the European market have already come with these heat shield bolt on handles for several years. The Weber charcoal kettle was first available to the bbq buying public in 1952. However, the original grills, known then as “George’s BAR B Q KETTLE” were made from buoys cut in half and surviving examples are extremely rare. It wasn’t long before the original “buoy” kettle began it’s evolution.

Finally, make sure to empty your ashes, and keep that grill covered when not in use. Every grill we tested had a hinged grate, a nice feature that lets you add or adjust the coals without lifting the whole grate off. We preferred the Weber and Napoleon designs, which each have a pair of hinged sections, on opposite edges of the grate, that let you directly access the entire bed of charcoal below. We noticed no performance differences, and all worked well, with no notable sticking of the items we cooked. Clean the cooking grate as you would any other grate — use a good grill cleaning tool to remove food debris (when it’s still warm), but don’t use anything metal. You may want to occasionally wash it with warm water and perhaps a mild soap.

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The SmokeFire series changes that with a design that can maintain temperatures as low as 200 degrees for smoking or as hot as 600 degrees for searing, making it an effective grill and smoker in one. It has similar output to the Spirit with three burners that pump out 39,000 BTUs of heat to its porcelain-coated cast-iron grates. The build is sturdier with welded beams replacing the sheet metal that makes up the frame of the Spirit grills.

One downside to this grill is the ash pan, which can only be emptied by reaching into the grill and lifting it up and out of the kettle. The pan is not as deep as the Weber Premium’s pan, so it requires more frequent cleaning, which can only be done when the grill is entirely cooled off. The Summit® Kamado looks and performs like no other grill in its category. Its signature durable, dual-walled insulated steel quickly reaches desired temperatures and maintains heat for all-day smoking, while minimizing the amount of charcoal burned during a cook.

As mentioned above, the Go-Anywhere grill boasts impressive heat retention, thanks to an enamel-coated cast iron construction. Even with small coal beds that would normally extinguish in another charcoal grill, this well-built barbeque was able to maintain a consistent temperature for low-and-slow cooking. The grill also has an adjustable charcoal tray that allows you to easily move the coals closer or further away from the food.