Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
If you want to grill in the wild, at the shore, or wherever the party is happening, then you’re in luck. Weber Go-Anywhere Grills live up to both their name and their fame: Weber quality in a portable package. Perfect for cookouts, tailgate parties, and car camping, Weber’s Smokey Joe Silver grill is the classic traveling grill. With its 14-1/2-inch-diameter grate, the Smokey Joe Silver easily cooks three steaks at a time or twice as many burgers. The porcelain-enameled bowl and lid resist rust and deliver even heat. To top it off, Weber throws in a 31-page owner’s guide filled with cooking tips and time-tested recipes for grilling everything from pork chops to bratwurst to Cornish hens.
Top customer reviews
I’ve had this great grill for about 3 years now…. works perfect! WAY better than a cheaper imitation grill. The one thing that was bugging me about it is that I couldn’t keep the coals super hot…. now I know to open both vents all the way… and if it is still not enough heat or the heat is dying… just take off the top and it will get super hot with an open top air flow! Hope this helps someone.
I bought this to take on camping trips and for quick charcoal-grilled goodness at home. It’s a pretty straightforward grill, there’s nothing much to it. Didn’t even think to review something like a table top charcoal grill. However, after being abused and neglected yet still being ready than ever for the next camping season, I just had to write a short commendation on this little guy.
You see, I didn’t take the time to clean it and worse yet, it was left behind OUT IN THE ELEMENTS on the back 40 of a friend’s property for over eight months…rain, mud, snow, freezing temperatures. I thought, no big deal, I had lost it out there and was going to buy another one, yet my buddy said he found it laying on its side not far from the cabin. Not expecting good results, I took it home, cleaned it up and it was gleaming! Not a speck of rust on the porcelain kettle at all. Not a single imperfection on the finish. No oxidation, nothing. All the oxidized guck came right off. Looked like new. The grate, coated in guck from all the summer and fall grilling, shined right up. Not a speck of rust on that either. Being that I didn’t treat this poor guy too well, I didn’t expect it to clean up so well after being left up in the woods for several months and never cleaned before that point. Obviously Weber uses higher quality materials and finishes. That is why you can find their older grills everywhere loooong after the cheap department store specials have rusted away or fallen apart, not unlike the way my $700 gas grill did in less than three seasons (which was not a Weber). That grill, on the other hand, was babied and stowed away in my garage, yet that couldn’t last a full two years without a rusted firebox. Way before the rust appeared, I noticed that the finish on the firebox was like a thin glaze. It would literally make audible cracking sounds when flexed and when fasteners were tightened during assembly. Black flecks confirmed this. Hmmm…wonder why it was so quick to rust?
The Weber kettle is an icon, sort of like how a KitchenAid stand mixer is an icon. Both are stout, sturdy and straightforward pieces that last and last. Since I am left with no choice but to kick my expensive yet crappy gas grill to the curb (no longer under warranty), I just bought the bigger version of this, the original full size kettle. Didn’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on another gas grill since most of them have rusting problems. Sure, charcoal isn’t convenient as turning a knob and it sure is smoky but the taste is better and a Weber will last forever with its heavy duty finish and better quality materials and workmanship.
Just what I was looking for-small enough to be easily portable but still be able to grill a whole chicken or a rack of ribs. I have done both with excellent results. Sturdy construction, ease of cleaning and economical use of charcoal added benefits. Highly recommended.
Having owned the larger 22” one for a long time I wanted to have a smaller one that I could use when grilling just for me and this is perfect. In fact assembly is a breeze took minutes to put together. I’m able to use less charcoal with a little less depth between the charcoal grate and the grillling surface I can get away with 12-16 briquettes rather than 25-30 built into a hefty mound and it is small enough and light enough to allow it to be easily transported. The only flaw is the grilling rack doesn’t have any handle to lift it on and off but it is minor.
I put this together yesterday and it took less than 10 minutes– super light-weight, great polish, compact and ready for summer!
I live in an apartment so I was looking for something smaller that I can take outside and sit in the grass/ grill or something at the beach, it really is perfect! I’d recommend 🙂
Fast and easy to assemble. Amazing capacity for small grill. Cooks evenly and fast. Only reason not 5 stars is there are no handles on the sides to assist with moving when hot. Otherwise amazing inexpensive well designed grill
Weber makes great grills… and even this “little Smokey” is a good example of their quality. One son brings this camping… but it is a bit cumbersome for backpacking. Better for apartment grilling, college fun, car camping, other small grilling meals. Not a lot of room on the grill, but perfect for just a few people – 1 to 5 or so.
It’s just not the same. The lower quality means that the grille itself slides around (see video) and the lid doesn’t fit well. After checking the price on Amazon I happened to be at Home Despot, so bought it there. I’ve had two or three over the decades and a bigger Weber. I guess they decided they could make it more cheaply without anyone noticing, but it’s going to be a pain to use every time I grille now. I suspect the bowl is out of round and that the finish is cheaper, shiner, so there’s not enough friction to keep the grille in place.
Not to get political, but you’ll see from the pic that they changed made in the USA to “Designed in…” like Apple does. I only wish the would say where it was actually made. For a minute I thought, “What is the carbon footprint of this thing being shipped from China?” Then I remembered I’m burning charcoal to cook my fish.