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13 Products You Need to Hack Your Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill

The Weber Kettle Grill isn’t a grill, it’s a platform. These are the most useful upgrades for America’s favorite backyard accessory.

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Sixty years ago, Weber Brothers Metal Works, later called Weber-Stephen Products, used to make mailboxes, fireplace equipment and a number of various other metal-based products. George Stephen, Sr., a salesman at the company, then decided the grills of the day weren’t up to snuff. Now his solution is the most popular grill in America.

The Weber Kettle charcoal grill — complete with dome lid, ventilation, enameled steel and rust-resistant aluminum — is the most stable, consistent grill money can buy. “We initially considered designing a grill that could work with multiple fuel sources,” Jeff Broadrick, senior product engineer behind Spider Grills new wood-pellet Weber attachment, “but you are fighting an uphill battle if you set out to design a grill as simple, trusted, and elegant as the Weber Kettle.”

Broadrick says that consistency has elevated the grill into something more. “At this point, the Weber Kettle is more of a platform than a stand-alone product,” he says. Out of dozens of community-driven updates and upgrades, these are the best Weber Kettle add-ons money can buy.

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Kingkong Grill Cover for Weber Charcoal Grills

This is a simple one. Weber's grill covers cost close to $50, while these off-brand ones are about half that.

Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter

The Rapidfire is a must-have for safely and efficiently getting your coals hot enough for cooking. It's as simple as that.

Smokenator Hovergrill

The Hovergrill adds an additional 247 square inches of cooking with a solid stainless steel grill rack, but it really shines when you've got your eyes on smoking a larger cut of meat like brisket or pork butt. Lifting the meat a few inches further from the heat source makes temperature maintenance less of a pain.

BBQ Dragon Electric Charcoal Starter

The BBQ Dragon was designed for the impatient charcoal griller. It is literally a clip on gas pedal for lighting charcoal. Functionally, it's a turbo-charged hair dryer that speeds up lighting time significantly.

Unknown BBQ Kettle Stainless Steel Lid Hinge

The most boring product on this list may be the most necessary. Weber's original kettle lid is either all the way off or fitted to the grill — the hinge allows you to keep the lid slightly ajar and, more helpfully, not have to find a place in your backyard for a flaming-hot lid whenever you take food off it. This one fits Weber Kettles 18.5", 22.5", and the 26.75".

Rib-O-Lator Barbecue Rotisserie

It’s difficult to fit many racks of ribs on a standard 22-inch Weber. The Rib-O-Lator solves this and acts as a horizontal rotisserie for whatever you’re cooking. Best used on low-and-slow cooks.

Slow ‘N Sear® Deluxe

By far the easiest way to smoke meat on your Weber. The Slow ‘N Sear splits your grill in half — one side full of hot coals, the other an open cooking area. Put food in the latter for six to eight hours and you’ve got barbeque, put it over the coals and you still have a perfectly good high-heat grill. Plus, the veteran grill gear testers at Amazing Ribs call the Slow ‘N Sear the “single best accessory for the Weber Kettle ever.”

GrillGrate Cut to fit for 22" Weber Kettle

Made of anodized, rust-resistant aluminum, GrillGrates feel like a product Weber would offer themselves. The grate lines are elevated over a heavy base that’s lined with holes. As the fire heats the base, an even heat flows through the holes, creating both the ideal cross-hatch and a more consistently cooked meal. You can even flip over and use the flat side like a griddle. TL;DR: turn down hot spots while turning up the heat.


The pizza-making insert lifts the lid of your Weber up, allowing greater air circulation and creating a gap large enough to slide a pizza in and out of while still maintaining temperatures requisite to making a pizza. The basic kit comes with an aluminum pizza tray, but we recommend using a classic pizza stone for a crispier foundation.

OF Santa Maria Style Grill Rotisserie

The amount of flexibility a variable-height grate brings shouldn't be underestimated. This contraption sits atop your kettle and permits you to, say, get a good rotiss chicken going and smoke some eggplant at the same time. Or perhaps put a pork roast on the rotisserie and a pineapple smoking (and basting the pork in turn) above it?

BBQube Smart Controller

BBQube’s tiny, pricey device is not an amp. It’s a three-probe temperature tracker and ventilation control system that feeds all the grilling data you could want to your phone. If your fire is gaining too much heat on a low-and-slow pork shoulder, the Tempmaster will cut back air flow to cut the heat down. Plus, it’s operated with a very satisfying knob.

Weber 2290 22-Inch Charcoal Kettle Rotisserie

Turn your grill into a rotisserie with this $180 rotating spit from Weber. The electric motor keeps the chicken (or other poultry, ribs, etc) constantly turning for an evenly crispy and juicy piece of meat. Pro tip: Add a drip pan filled with vegetables underneath the meat to catch some of the flavorful fat.

Spider-22 Pellet Adapter

Spider Grills Pella manages to make the charcoal-fueled Weber a wood-pellet grill in an elegant and easy way. It just snaps on to the side of the thing. Why would you want to grill with pellets? It’s the most-automated path to low-heat smoking possible while remaining perfectly capable of high-heat grilling. Pella’s adapter operates from 175°F to 500°F.

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