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There is a reason that the Weber Kettle is the world's most popular charcoal grill—it's simple to use, amazingly versatile, and very dependable. Because it sits on the back patio of so many homes hundreds of people have invented accessories to make it better, turning it into a pizza oven, a smoker, or simply a better grill.
These accessories offer versatility and make this simple charcoal grill into the ultimate backyard piece of cooking equipment. Most of these accessories are for the 22-inch version of the Weber Kettle, including the Performer line, so if you have an 18-inch model, check for compatibility before purchasing. However, many of these items will fit 22-inch round grills from other manufacturers, too.
Here, the best Weber Kettle accessories.
Best Rotisserie: Weber 22-Inch Charcoal Kettle Rotisserie
The rotisserie is one of the best accessories for any grill. Rotisserie cooking means even cooking. Foods are self-basted, making them juicier, more tender, and more flavorful. All this can be made so much better by putting that rotisserie over a charcoal fire. The smoky flavor adds an extra layer to foods and given the temperature control of a Weber Kettle, it can literal smoke poultry or a roast on the rotisserie for even, perfect barbecue.
Best Grates: Craycort Cast Iron Grate
You have a lot of options when it comes to cooking grate upgrades for a kettle grill. These cast iron grates are among my favorites. They have the mass to absorb heat and transfer it to food for better grill marks and searing. You can swap out one to three of the sections with griddle sections so you can even grill your eggs (and a lot more). With a solid construction these cast iron grates can last for generations if properly cared for. These are bare cast iron so they will rust if not seasoned and maintained.
Best for Barbecue: Weber Gourmet BBQ System Hinged Cooking Grate
Weber introduced their Gourmet Barbecue System to increase the versatility of their grills. To start with, you need the new wire cooking grate with the removable center section. This section can then be replaced with a wide range of accessories including a porcelain coated Sear Grate, a Cast Iron Griddle, a Wok, a Pizza Stone, and several other items. This is the ultimate versatility package and another option of a cooking grate upgrade.
Best Cover: Weber 22 Inch Charcoal Kettle Grill Cover
Your grill will withstand the weather better when you keep it covered and protected when it’s not in use. This cover is made from UV-resistant cloth that will keep the grill color from fading in the hot sun, and the sturdy cloth will protect the grill from rain and snow and wind. While the fabric is water-resistant, it is also breathable so moisture won’t get trapped inside.
This cover is designed to fit 22-inch Weber kettle grills, but it will also fit similar-shaped grills as well as smaller Weber grills. It fits loosely, so it’s easy to put on, then Velcro straps tie the cover onto the grill so it won’t fly off in a windstorm. It’s just as easy to remove — just release the Velcro and lift it off when it’s time to grill again.
Best Charcoal Holder: Weber Char-Basket Charcoal Briquet Holders
The Weber Char-Basket Holders are a pair of sturdy containers for your grill's charcoal or wood chunks. These briquet baskets are made from aluminum steel and make cooking both easy—who doesn't want that—and safe. For direct heat, simply put the two baskets in the center of your kettle grill, and for indirect heat, move them to the sides. They're handy, convenient, and affordable—a winning combo.
Best Starter: BBQ Dragon Chimney of Insanity Charcoal Starter
Probably the worst thing about grilling on charcoal is getting the fire started. Everyone’s got a favorite method, possibly involving newspaper, paraffin, or kindling, but that’s not particularly reliable, especially when it’s a little windy. While starter fluid can make fire starting a little more reliable, it also can leave a nasty flavor behind.
This fire starter solves all the lighting problems, and it works quickly, so you don’t have to wait as long to start cooking. Because of an innovative elbow that opens on the side of the chimney, this draws in more air and gets the fire going in just a few minutes with no starter fluid needed. The hole is also designed to hold the clip-on BBQ Dragon Fan (sold separately) for even faster, more consistent burning.
The side hole lets you add newspapers or commercial fire starters to the chimney and also lets you light the coals without trying to lift the chimney to get underneath.
Made from heavy gauge galvanized steel, this is built to withstand the heat and last for many years, while the nylon handle stays cool so you can safely lift the chimney when the coals are ready.
Best Thermometer: Weber iGrill 2 Thermometer
Some Weber Kettles feature a built-in thermometer on the lid, but for models without, the addition of a wireless device like the iGrill 2 enables precise cooking. An LED screen tells you the temperature, and it connects to an app, where you can monitor your meat's progress, from -22 to 572 degrees. When the target is reached, it'll send a notification straight to your smartphone. No more guesswork or lifting the grill for a peek and losing heat.
The battery is long-lasting (200 hours), and the two meat probes are heat-resistant up to 716 degrees. Bonus: It can be used with any grill—not just Weber brand.
Best Charcoal: Jealous Devil All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal
Your choice of charcoal has a big impact on the taste of your food, which is why you may want to be selective about the fuel you're using. The Jealous Devil All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal is a favorite of many grillers thanks to its smooth, mild flavor, which comes from the ultra-dense South American hardwoods used to make the charcoal.
In addition to providing great flavor, this lump charcoal delivers twice the cook power, hotter temperatures, and a longer burn time—four or more hours on open grills and up to 20 hours in smokers. The charcoal doesn't pop or spark, making it easier to cook over, and it also comes in waterproof and dustproof packaging that helps protect the contents.
Best Smart: Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub
Weber Kettle Grills are a basic, no-frills choice, but you can make your grill a little smarter with the Weber Connect Grilling Hub. This "grilling assistant" is compatible with any grill, and it features both a meat probe and ambient temperature probe, allowing you to more accurately monitor the temperature of your grill and doneness of your food.
The hub is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, connecting to your phone to provide real-time temperature updates and countdown timers. It features a USB-rechargeable battery and LCD display, and it can even offer step-by-step grilling assistance for novice grillers.
Best Charcoal Rake: Weber 7649 Charcoal Rake
When cooking on your Weber Kettle Grill, you may need to move the lit charcoal around, and that's where the Weber Charcoal Rake comes in handy. This stainless steel tool might not be fancy, but it's incredibly effective for rearranging hot coals while maintaining a safe distance. The rake is 21 inches long and its blade is positioned at a 115-degree angle that allows you to easily move charcoal, and it has a loop on the end so you can hang it off your grill for easy access.
The best accessory depends on your needs, but for rotisserie cooking, we recommend the Weber 2290 Charcoal Kettle Rotisserie (view at Amazon), which has an electric motor to turn your food. For upgraded cooking grates, go with the Craycort Cast Iron Grates (view at Amazon), which are heavy-duty with a handy modular design.
What to Look for in a Weber Kettle Grill Accessory
Frequency of use
Once you’ve set up your grill, it’s normal to think about accessories—perhaps you’ll have them all, eventually, but you might want to prioritize certain ones first. For example, an accessory you’ll use every time you cook might be a better buy than one you’ll only use a few times a year.
Some accessories have multiple uses while others are designed to do a single thing exceptionally well. While shopping, think about how versatile an accessory is and how that affects its value based on your needs and budget.
No matter what you’re buying, you want it to last. Anything used with a grill is going to be subject to high heat and flames, and even the most durable products can fail due to the heat. It’s wise to consider the price versus the length of time you’ll be able to use it.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Derrick Riches, the author of this piece, is an expert in grilling and barbecue. He's co-written two books on the subject: The Rotisserie Grilling Cookbook and Kebabs: 75 Recipes for Grilling.
This article was updated by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats. She's written close to a dozen pieces on all styles of grills and done firsthand testing of smokers and grills featured in her articles.