You don’t really need to upgrade your Weber Jumbo Joe as it is an excellent grill as designed and delivered. That being said, if you want to make a great little grill even better then here are some ideas to get you started. 🙂
These let you easily bank your coals for low and slow cooks. You only need one basket but they are sold in sets of two. Weber sells this product as a thin, cheap aluminized steel version. The Weber product rusts out pretty quick…I have linked over to a heavy duty stainless steel model that will last for YEARS.
Here is a cool upgrade for the Jumbo, a mini Slow n Sear! This basket is available as aluminized metal or stainless steel. These look awesome!
You will want to add some charcoal during eight hour low and slow cooks. Adding a hinged grate makes this very simple. The thing only costs $15 and I am delighted to have mine. You can keep the existing grate and use it to double the capacity of the Jumbo Joe.
This stainless steel tong and spatula set are high quality Weber products that are just big enough to easily fit inside the Weber Jumbo Joe. The tools are easily transported inside the Jumbo making life easy when you are on the go. They look beautiful and work great.
The Craycort cast iron grates are modular which lets you easily add charcoal when needed. They are also heavy duty grilling equipment. These run about $70 but consider it an investment, not an expense. Here is a post showing the Craycort cast iron grates on the Jumbo.
You can use the griddle for breakfast (hash browns and fried eggs!) or for a shrimp and veggie stir fry. Very cool. Here is a video post showing the Kettle Q making up some sweet looking breakfast burgers on the Jumbo Joe.
I seriously cannot recommend these things enough. These make grilling over high heat extremely easy. Killer grill marks.
If you are serious about pizza then this is for you. If you are simply interested in pizza then don’t bother. This lets you turn your kettle into a SERIOUS wood fired pizza oven.
Onlyfire has come out with an extremely affordable ($65) rotisserie for the Jumbo Joe. If you have always wanted a rotisserie then now is the time to get one! A fellow Jumbo Joe enthusiast, Mike, was kind enough to share a picture of his Jumbo Joe with the Onlyfire rotisserie.
If you want to add a thermometer to your Jumbo then this is what you should use. I had a thermometer on mine for a while. It looked cool but didn’t really help me any.
I don’t have the Weber portable table but everyone I have spoken with several owners on Twitter and G+. The general consensus is that the table is a very nice addition and worth the money.
The absolute best way to light the charcoal in your Jumbo is with Weber lighter cubes. Forget about lighter fluid and messy charcoal chimneys. Here is a post showing how I use Weber Lighter cubes for both “low and slow” cooks and high heat grilling.
If you want something even easier to use than lighter cubes then check out this great single use, self lighting box of premium hard wood charcoal from Grill Easy. This is a perfect solution for tailgaters and campers who don’t want to lug around big bags of charcoal. Here is the review I wrote when I tried the FireQube.
Cajun Bandit also makes a rotisserie ring for the Jumbo. This stainless steel rotisserie costs about $150. You can buy the rotisserie ring from Cajun Bandit here.