Weber Smokey Joe 14” Review

Weber Smokey Joe Review

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Small but mighty, the Weber Smokey Joe 14” is the perfect grill on the go.

Whether you’re tailgating at the ballpark or camping in the wilderness, the Weber Smokey Joe has all of your grilling needs covered. It’s a lightweight grill that’s perfect for traveling or cooking out for a small group.

The Smokey Joe was narrowly beaten out by the Jumbo Joe in our guide to the best portable charcoal grills for 2024.

Constructed in much the same way as the larger Weber kettles, you’ll find that the Smokey Joe does the same high quality job that we have all come to expect from Weber, one of the world’s most recognized and trusted brands.

Weber Smokey Joe 14” Overview

The Smokey Joe has been popular for many years thanks to that Weber high quality at a low price tag.

The Smokey Joe features a 14.5 inch diameter cooking grate that is triple nickel-plated.

You might be wondering why the diameter is 14.5 when the name says 14, but that’s just due to Weber renaming the grill to better fit with their marketing plans.

Weber Smokey Joe 14” is indeed 14.5 inches in diameter.

To put that size into perspective, you’d reasonably be able to fit around three large steaks or six burgers at a time.

The Jumbo Joe is virtually identical, although a little larger, and it comes with a convenient handle that secures the lid during transport or storage.

What we like:

  • Durability – the Weber Smokey Joe 14” is built to last, and many customers share that they have had their Smokey Joe well over 10-15 years. With a similar design and construction to the much larger Weber kettles, you get the high quality of other popular Weber models, but at a fraction of the price.
  • Convenience – If you’re doing some small capacity outdoor cooking, the Weber Smokey Joe 14” is the way to go. It’s small, easy to transport, and can be used pretty much anywhere. Take it camping, to the beach, tailgating, or just simply use it in your backyard.
  • Quick Assembly – There’s not much to this little grill, and its simplicity is a plus to its design.

What we don’t like:

  • No Thermometer – While we don’t normally trust the thermometers frequently found in the lid of other Weber models due to their inaccuracy, the thermometer’s absence on the Smokey Joe is notable. However, investing in a good digital thermometer makes for a good, quick fix to this problem.
  • Handles – One thing really missing from this design would be handles on the sides of the grill to aid in transport. If you need to move the grill after your coals are already hot, you are out of luck unless you bring out some grill gloves to protect your hands from the hot body of the grill.

That being said, if you plan on cooking for larger groups of people you might want to think about upgrading to Jumbo Joe or even the Weber Kettle Original.

So long as you plan on mainly cooking for 2-3 people at a time, or using other grills at the same time, then the Smoker Joe is a great portable grill.

Build Quality

One thing can be said about Weber: they really don’t make a bad grill. The Weber Smokey Joe 14” is no exception. It still has the same high quality that we’ve come to expect from Weber.

It’s built to last, and it comes with a ten-year warranty. Many customers have had their Weber Smokey Joe for several years, and it has survived extensive travel and weathered all of the elements.

They are solidly built and have several features, such as the porcelain enameled lid and bowl, that are designed with durability in mind.

Both models feature a porcelain-enameled bowl and lid, which is baked on at over 1500°F to fuse the finish to the steel, preventing rust and wear. The dampers on both the regular and premium versions are aluminum, resistant to rust, and allow for easy control of air and heat.

The nylon handle is glass reinforced for easy handling when removing or replacing the lid during cooking. The three legged design is also present on both models, and they weigh in at a very lightweight 9.5 pounds.

Ease of Use

Quick and easy to setup, you’ll find yourself spending mere minutes assembling the Weber Smokey Joe 14”, which means you can get to the real grilling sooner.

The grill heats up fast and you can keep your coals hot by controlling the vents on the top (and on the bottom on the Silver model). Take the top completely off, and things get really hot really fast with the open air flow.

It’s the little things that count, and so it is worth mentioning that Weber includes a 31 page owners guide that’s packed full of cooking tips and recipes that will have you exploring a variety of different cooking options.

With either model, cleanup can be a bit of a hassle, but we prefer the easier to clean ash catcher of the Silver model for a quicker cleanup.

However, if we were doing more traveling, the Premium model has the “Tuck and Carry Lid Holder”.

With a bit of ingenuity, you can even use the Smokey Joe as a smoker. Check out this video from Baby Back Maniac to see how it’s done.

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Should You Buy the Weber Smokey Joe 14”?

The Weber Smokey Joe 14” is a perfectly portable grill that’s great for small capacity cooking. If you’re a griller on the go looking for a grill that can meet your camping, tailgating, or picnic needs, look no further than the Weber Smokey Joe 14”.

It delivers high-quality cooking without a high price and is built to last without needing any bells and whistles to make it a solid grill.

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