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.

Weber Jumbo Joe Ribs

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. 

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.  Pulled pork on the Weber Jumbo Joe

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. 

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. 

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.Weber Jumbo Joe Kettle Pizza

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.

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  1. adam holmes says:

    hey have you tried the charcoal rails with the jumbo joe, im thinking i will try them with it and see how they work

    • admin says:

      Adam, I have never played with charcaol rails but if they work for the other kettles I can’t imagine why they wouldnt work with the Jumbo!

  2. Peter says:

    I am trying to purchase one as inexpensively as possible. Any suggestions?

  3. adam holmes says:

    i got mine used like new on amazon warehouse deals, i also got the compact chimney starter, hinged grates and the charcoal rail to try out. waiting for it to be delivered.

  4. adam holmes says:

    I can confim that the charcoal rails do indeed fit in the jumbo joe!

  5. Lance Wood says:

    David, Thank you for creating a great resource for Jumbo Joe owners and thanks to Adam for heads
    up on the charcoal rails, been looking at those for a while but wasn’t sure they would fit, had the
    opportunity to test fit the charcoal baskets for the bigger, deeper kettles and was really disappointed
    when they weren’t even close to fitting,

    • admin says:

      Lance, you are very welcome!

      Please tell me more about the charcoal baskets not fitting. I took one out of my 22 inch kettle and it fit perfectly under the grate.

      • Lance Wood says:

        I was at a local Ace Hardware and they had a JJ and a 221/2 OTG sitting next to each other and I pulled the
        aluminum indirect cooking baskets from inside the OTG and tried them in the JJ and the cooking grate would not lay flat.
        Every item I was looking at is/was brand new so if you have older baskets they may fit fine.

  6. Steve says:

    Hi, I have the old smoky Joe Platinum with the side vent holes. I’m thinking about selling it on Craigslist and getting the new Jumbo, Your thoughts?

    • admin says:

      Steve, if I had the Platinum I would keep it in my collection! Go ahead and get the Jumbo..send some pictures of the two side by side, I would love to see them!

  7. Pete says:

    I am using Royal Oak lump charcoal and the small pieces fall through the charcoal grate. Has anyone tried out a 304 stainless steel expanded metal sheet with much smaller holes?

    • admin says:

      I would love to hear from anyone who has tried this. I am staying away from lump because of sparking on my wood deck. Any information on better ways of using lump would be great.

  8. Pete says:

    David, have you thought having the heat diffuser made with refractory material?

    • admin says:


      No I haven’t…educate me a little..something like a formed pizza stone? Maybe cutting some fire bricks to shape? How would you approach?

  9. Dave says:

    David, love the website! I think the JJ is the perfect Kettle. I’ve used the larger Webers for years, a WSM, etc. However I have a Cookshack 55 (bought in 06) and just love it for pure smoking. BUT, there is just nothing like charcoal for poultry, steaks, etc, etc. The 18″ size is definitely perfect. The JJ is also a much lower profile rig than the ots. Really appreciate your website to help with discovering what this unit can indeed do. Took your recipe for blade roast and indeed it was good. What this grill needs is some sort of table thingy. Know Weber has a new portable table, but it is seriously lacking. Wobbly, and honestly not up to Weber standards. Wondering if others have solutions for the JJ on a table? Best to all.

    • David S says:

      Thanks for visiting and I very much appreciate the positive feedback!

      I went to a bbq supply store and tried fitting the JJ onto the Weber portable table. The legs fit into the slots but the legs didn’t fit down far enough for the locking latch to slide shut. So not only is the table wobbly but it doesn’t really “fit” the JJ.

      I will look around and see what other folks have come up with. Would love to hear responses from others as well.

      As far as lid thermometers goes…I know a lot of folks have talked about this…the simplest mod I have seen is using a wooden clothes pin to hold a thermometer in place that was inserted through the top vent. I am not familiar with Trend but can start looking!

      Thanks for the questions! This gives me some projects to work on this weekend :)

  10. Dave says:

    One last thought, I humbly think this grill would be a good candidate for a good lid thermometer. It really seems to hold the temps good for what you would cook on it. Any recommendations on thermometers? I know of and have used Trend but can’t seem to find them now? Any good alternatives?

  11. Dave says:

    All, had a chance to pickup a small 2″ tru-temp with a wing nut fastening setup. Goes up to 700 degrees. Think this will be perfect. David, if there is a way to send some shots to you of the device and post install let me know and I’ll do so. (thumbsup)

  12. Steve says:

    Does anyone know how I can clean the rust off of a 18 inch weber grill grate?

  13. Alan says:

    Can you use the weber cleaning kit to “upgrade” he jumbo joe?

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