Overview – Weber Smokey Joe Gold Charcoal Grill
Perfect for cookouts, tailgate parties, or car camping, Weber Smokey Joe Gold Charcoal Grill is the classic traveling grill. With its 14-1/2-inch-diameter grate, the Weber Smokey Joe Gold Charcoal Grill easily cooks three steaks at a time or twice as many burgers.
The porcelain-enameled bowl and lid resist rust and deliver even heat. When it’s down, the lid lock doubles as a lid holder, letting you slide the lip out of the way while you cook. And, when the feast is done, simply fasten the lid lock over the top handle, pick up, and go.
As an added bonus, Weber throws in a 31-page owner’s guide filled with cooking tips and time-tested recipes for grilling everything from pork chops to bratwurst to Cornish hens.
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- The Weber Smokey Joe Gold Charcoal Grill is an ideal portable grill for cookouts, tailgate parties, and car camping
- The glass reinforced nylon handle allows you to easily remove the lid as needed
- The cooking grate measures 14-1/2-inch diameter and is triple nickel-plated
- The lid locks for carrying which lowers to double as a lid holder
- 10-year limited warranty
Not only do these grills live up to their name, they live up to the Weber tradition of quality, performance and long life. The premium version of the classic Weber Smokey Joe Gold Charcoal Grill, the Tuck-N-Carry features a lid lock that secures the top in place for carrying. The lid lock lowers to serve as a convenient lid holder and wind shield, a must for grilling in unpredictable weather. Dampers are located on top of the bowl for quick, safe pack-ups.
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 14.2 x 17 inches ; 9.8 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
- Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
- Origin: Made in USA
- Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
- ASIN: B00004RALP
- Item model number: 40020
“I’ve had this grill for a few months and cook steaks, fish, burgers, etc. on it. Works great and I’ve cooked some of my best steaks ever on this little guy. No problems at all. Perfect size for an apartment patio or campout.” – By Liz Luong
“Bought one of these last summer and love it. Used it so much that I have since retired it and purchased the Jumbo Joe grill. This is the perfect sized grill for 2 people and smaller amounts of food. Well worth the money, doesn’t use much charcoal and you can some nice grilling. I wanted to try some more advanced grilling so I moved up to the Jumbo so I could have hot & cool zones and more space for larger items. Get one!” – By M. Chilli “Nikko” (NOVA)
“I have used full size Weber Kettles for decades. I like my Smokey Joe when I do not need to move the bigger grill. It can handle a small crowd. Works well, but do not expect the Smokey Joe to have the same air flow and coal management as the fully size kettle. Use a little more coal than you think you need.” – By James Imamoto (Mililani, HI)
“As others have mentioned, the Gold version used conventionally doesn’t run as hot as the Silver, as the coals don’t get enough oxygen.
Having said that, and loving well seared steak, I discovered that piling coals in one half of the BBQ, and ‘aspirating’ air down into the empty half with an old hair drier gets the coals roaring white hot in short order….
Far as the steaks go, while the chimney starter is doing it’s thing, I salt and and µwave them at 10% power for 2 1/2 minutes, flip, and repeat for another 2 1/2 bringing them to room temperature or just above. (No cooking should happen in this stage, and for safety reasons, only do this immediately before BBQing.)
Once the starter has the coals ‘ashed’, dump them into the (far half) of the BBQ, even out with long tongs, and put on the lightly oiled cooking rack. Blow the hair dryer (on low) down into the empty side so the air follows the curvature of the bottom half, and comes up through the coals. They’ll become extremely hot. Don’t blow so much air as to cause flying ash issues.
It’s important to dry the steak surface just before placing on the grill over coals. Continue aspirating & the steaks will quickly sear & beautifully brown (Maillard reaction). Monitor closely and flip with long tongs before the first side burns. Rinse/lather/repeat for flip side, then lose the hair drier, put on lid with all vents wide open for a few minutes… the number of steaks, size, thickness, and desired doneness will dictate how long… be aware that it won’t take long.
Once you pull the steaks, remove rack with long tongs, replace lid, close all vents and the BBQ will extinguish. Cover the steaks with foil for about 5 minutes before serving. The coals will only be about 20% consumed, and can even be relit a time or two in the future. Remove all accumulated loose ash before next use. (The Gold version, once covered, keeps all hot ash & sparks well contained within.)
Note that the Smokey Joe used in this fashion is really only big enough for two steaks… I haven’t tried this method with larger Webber kettles… blowing air down into BBQ’s with lower vents is probably not a good idea. As always, use common sense and good judgment.
I’ve had my Gold for eons, and for the way I use it, I love it… it now has hundreds if not thousands of year round uses, and still going strong! However, the Silver is probably a better selection if one isn’t going to do the forced aspiration thing. The Silver will also be undoubtably messier far as hot flying ash, sparks and all that.” – By Bob
“I can’t believe they don’t sell this in stores anywhere! Even WallMart only sells the “Silver” edition but this “Gold” version is ABSOLUTELY worth spending the extra couple bucks on. Everything is sturdy and the handle system is ingenious. You can also rest the lid on the side. There’s no messy charcoal catcher underneath which I actually prefer because this is meant to be portable! Who wants all that crud getting all over their car during transportation? Instead just be sure to dump the ash out at the bottom before or after every use. There are closable vents on the top and on each side which is also genius!
Easy, albeit awkward, assembly required – took maybe 15 minutes. I highly HIGHLY recommend buying the Weber “mini” charcoal chimney (not the large version) and lighter cubes so you never have to use toxic lighter fluid again, ever! Get a variety of smoking wood chips and a natural grill cleaner spray, too (never use the metal bristle brushes because someday you might get a stray follicle in your food). For added convenience Weber sells a carrying bag and mini tools.
There is no built-in thermometer but those things really aren’t accurate anyway. In today’s technological age there are digital thermometers that link up to your smart phone or tablet that alert you when your grill is preheated if you want to be really savvy.
I originally bought this grill for tailgating but it has actually become my primary grill. Unless I have a big family someday I see no need to buy a bigger one because I’ve never enjoyed grilling more! Grilling has always been a family past time and Weber has always been our favorite brand. With this little power house grill Weber has proven that they’re not resting on their laurels. Thank you Weber for putting the flavor and fun in Summertime!” – By UltraGeek1111