The Bottom Line
- Good, authentic grilling abilities in a small portable
- Very lightweight
- Side vents make airflow a problem
- Legs are thin and prone to bending
- 147 square inches of cooking space on a nickel plated steel cooking grate
- 10 pound total weight
- Porcelain coated steel construction
- Three leg design with locking lid bar
- Top vent allows a wide range of temperature control
- Bottom vent is actually in the sides, above the coals
- Grill closes down to put the fire out so you can save charcoal
- Made in the United States by the Weber-Stephen Products Company
Guide Review - Weber Smokey Joe Gold
This portable charcoal grill has been a mainstay for decades and is one of the most popular and widely available little grills on the market. The reason is that this is a very good grill. It does have a few limitations however. Being small and lightweight it can be knocked over easily so you need to keep it away from foot traffic. Because of the small cooking chamber the bottom vent can get clogged by ashes and food particles so it does need to be cleaned out well. A bar locks the lid in place so it can be picked up with one hand and so that the lid doesn't come off in the back of your truck or car while driving around.
While I really like the lid locking bar that makes this grill perfectly portable, the intake vents are on the sides of the grill, above the charcoal. This limits airflow and makes it harder for this grill to develop higher temperatures. For this reason I would recommend saving a couple of bucks and buying the Weber Smokey Joe Silver.