How to Choose and Use A Weber Jumbo Joe

Shahzad Masood


Picking the right Weber Jumbo Joe for you isn’t as tricky as it seems. With its tough build and top-notch grilling, this little portable grill won over many barbecue fans. Whether you’re a pro meat-searing machine or just getting your toes wet, the Jumbo Joe can take your cookouts up a notch.

First, the choice comes down to charcoal or gas. The charcoal JJ holds more fuel, letting you smoke low and slow for hours—the downside is dealing with ashes afterwards. The gas version fires up quickly and cooks hot fast. It’s not great for flaming ribs or chicken but for searing steaks or burgers. Either way, it is compact but has ample grill space.

Now cooking: Rotate those flapjacks and franks every few minutes for even crispness.  And don’t forget to make use of that lid to capture heat.  Finally, be careful not to overstack lest you end up with a crooked kabob tower crashing down. The Weber Jumbo Joe is essential for backyard chefs ready to leap, but let’s explore the Weber Jumbo Joe Experience.

Choosing the Right Weber Jumbo Joe

  1. Size: The Jumbo Joe grill comes in various sizes, but most prefer the 18-inch model, which gives you plenty of room to cook. If you’re grilling for a crowd, bigger families will probably want the larger 22-inch size for more cooking space. 
  2. Construction: This little grill is built solidly, too. The porcelain-enamelled bowl and lid do a nice job holding in heat and preventing rust. The steel cooking grate gets your coals hot evenly for reliable grilling. 
  3. Accessories: You might want to grab extras like a charcoal chimney, grill cover, or cleaning brush. Those accessories can make grilling less of a chore and help the Jumbo Joe last longer.

Using Your Weber Jumbo Joe

  1. Assembly: Putting together your new Weber Jumbo Joe grill is pretty straightforward. Just try to follow the instructions provided in the manual to ensure everything is assembled correctly.
  2. Temperature Control: The grill has adjustable vents on top and bottom.  Opening them up all the way gets you nice and hot for searing steaks or burgers.  Try adjusting the grill vents if you’re cooking something delicate and need to lower the heat. Closing them halfway or so can help control the temperature.
  3. Cooking Techniques: This grill allows you to grill, smoke, or bake your food. Imagine having a juicy, fatty brisket you want to smoke slowly for hours. With this grill, you can turn that dream into a reality. That’s no problem. Just set up the coals for indirect cooking and try to sear a juicy burger or steak. Or crank up the heat and go direct. The options are endless.
  4. Cleaning and Maintenance: Give your grill time to cool down before cleaning. When cleaning, carefully dump the leftover coals and ashe dust off the grates with a brush.  Wipe down the inside with a damp cloth so nothing gets grimey.


The Weber Jumbo Joe portable grill rocks if you want to grill but are still mobile.  Way lighter than those beastly, full-sized grills.  

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