The Weber Jumbo Joe has the same performance characteristics of the larger Weber kettles. You can achieve extremely nice control over the temperature by manipulating the bottom and top air vents. The combination of an extremely tight fitting lid and smaller air intake holes makes the Jumbo Joe an excellent smoker.
The Weber Jumbo Joe is a much more versatile cooker than its small size would lead you to believe. You can easily slow cook a slab of baby backs or get things hot and roast a beer can chicken.
I have used an extra grill grate and grilled twenty chicken thighs at once. If pizza is your thing I have a post showing two ways I have tackled making pies.
I hope these posts give you an idea for how much food you can fit onto the Weber Jumbo Joe and different ways of using the grill.
Before you start grilling you are going to need to get your coals lit. Ditch the lighter fluid and stop goofing around with messy charcoal chimneys. I have switched over to exclusively using Weber lighter cubes.
The Weber Jumbo Joe as a grill. (Both vents 100% open)
- Steaks (Three techniques)
- Tri Tip (Using GrillGrates)
- Chicken Wings (Using GrillGrates)
- Country Style Ribs (Grilled and Braised)
- Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (A Classic)
- Whole Chicken (Three techniques)
- “Fried” Chicken (Fun and awesome)
- Pizza (With a raised stone.)
- KettlePizza (Much better!)
- Turkey Necks (You have to try these!)
- World’s Best Pork Chops (Yep, you read that right!)
The Weber Jumbo Joe as a smoker. (Both vents 50% open)
- Baby Back Ribs (Two examples)
- Pulled Pork (Yeah Baby!)
- Chuck Roast (Perfect for smoking.)
- Amazingly Tender Roast Beef (The trick is salting the beef!)
- Beef Short Ribs (My first Low and Slow)
- Canadian Bacon (Easy, delicious)
- Slow Roasted Prime Rib (Mmmmm..beefy!)