Welcome to a great little site about a great little grill: The Weber Jumbo Joe!
The Weber Jumbo Joe is a great grill. If you are looking for your first Weber grill this is a great place to start. If you already have a Weber kettle collection then I consider the Weber Jumbo Joe as a mandatory addition. This site shows how I use my Weber Jumbo Joe, compares it against other Weber kettles, and lets you know what upgrades and modifications I have come across. I hope you find the information useful.
Upgrades for the Weber Jumbo Joe
One of the things I love about the Weber Jumbo Joe is since it only costs $60 you can splurge on a few extras. I absolutely recommend upgrading the cooking grate with either a standard hinged grate or the Craycort cast iron grates. Upgrading from the standard grate makes low and slow cooks on the Jumbo much easier. You can also get a set of GrillGrates for the Jumbo which let you utilize more surface area for direct grilling. I have given the KettlePizza a spin on the Jumbo Joe and can report that it works very well and I have also hooked up a rotisserie. If you are interested in reading more about these and other Weber Jumbo Joe upgrades I have the details here.
Comparing the Weber Jumbo Joe
There are several kettle grills you need to look at before you buy a Weber Jumbo Joe. It is my belief that the Jumbo is a better grill both in price and performance than the Smokey Joes and the 18 inch One Touch. Once you reach the 22.5 inch Weber grills the Jumbo Joe is clearly outmatched in terms of capacity. I have detailed write ups comparing these Weber grills head to head over here.
Using the Weber Jumbo Joe
You can easily use the Weber Jumbo Joe as a grill or a smoker. When I use the Jumbo as a grill I keep both vents (top and bottom) completely open. When I use the Jumbo as a smoker I keep both vents at 50% open. The performance of the Jumbo as a smoker is excellent and for small cuts like chuck roast is my preferred smoker. Write ups for over a dozen different ways of using the Weber Jumbo Joe can be found here.
Modifications for the Weber Jumbo Joe
I have fabricated two modifications for the Weber Jumbo Joe; an extension ring and an air diffuser/heat shield. Both projects were fun but I don’t really use either one very much; the Jumbo does very well as designed. If you want to learn more about these modifications you can read about them here.
About the Weber Jumbo Joe
The Weber Jumbo Joe was introduced around October, 2012 and is the official replacement for the Smokey Joe Platinum. The Weber Jumbo Joe is designed to be the ultimate portable charcoal grill and Weber did an excellent job. The Jumbo has a locking lid which makes it extremely portable. It also has an 18.5 inch grilling grate which makes it substantially larger than Weber’s other portable charcoal grill, the Weber Smokey Joe Gold. The major flaw with the Smokey Joe Platinum was the location of the air intake vents; this issue was corrected with the Weber Jumbo Joe.
Thanks for visiting the site and I hope you found the information to be useful. If you think the Weber Jumbo Joe is the right grill for you then you can buy one from Amazon with free shipping.