The Best Accessories for Next-Level Weber Kettle Grilling

The best extras for the world's most famous charcoal grill

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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

Weber Kettle Rotisserie Kit
Weber Kettle Rotisserie Kit. Weber-Stephen Products Company
What We Like
  • Electric motor

  • Can grill two chickens at once

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

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 literally smoke poultry or a roast on the rotisserie for an even, perfect barbecue. 

Fits: 22-inch Weber grills

Best for Barbecue: Weber Gourmet BBQ System Hinged Cooking Grate

Weber Gourmet BBQ System
Weber Gourmet BBQ System. Weber Stephen Products Company
What We Like
  • Hinged grate to add charcoal without removing

  • Increased cooking flexibility

What We Don't Like
  • Hard to clean center section moves around

Weber introduced their Gourmet BBQ System to increase the versatility of their grills. To start with, you need the new wire cooking grate with the removable center section. The section is easily replaceable with various Gourmet BBQ System accessories, including a porcelain-coated sear grate, a cast iron griddle, a wok, a pizza stone, and several other items. This cooking grate is the ultimate versatility package and offers another option for a grill upgrade.

Fits: 22-inch Weber grills

Best Cover: Weber 22 Inch Charcoal Kettle Grill Cover

Weber 22 Inch Charcoal Kettle Grill Cover
courtesy of Amazon.
What We Like
  • Snug fit

  • UV- and water-resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Material thin and may tear easily

  • Blows off easily in windy weather

When not in use, your grill will withstand the weather better by keeping it covered and protected. This cover is made from UV-resistant cloth that will keep the grill color from fading in the hot sun, and the sturdy fabric will protect the grill from rain, snow, and wind. While the cover 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.

Fits: 22-inch Weber grills

Best Charcoal Holder: Weber Char-Basket Charcoal Briquet Holders

Weber Char-Basket Charcoal Briquet Holders

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Adjustable baskets for direct or indirect heat

  • Uses fewer briquets

What We Don't Like
  • Construction feels a little flimsy

Weber Char-Baskets is 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.

Fits: 18-, 22-, and 26-inch Weber charcoal grills| Dimensions: 5.2 x 4.8 x 16 inches

Best Starter: BBQ Dragon Chimney of Insanity Charcoal Starter

BBQ Dragon Chimney of Insanity Charcoal Starter
courtesy of Amazon.
What We Like
  • Starts charcoal faster

  • Doesn’t need lighter fluid

What We Don't Like
  • Handle may overheat and melt

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 windy. While starter fluid can make fire starting a little more reliable, it can also 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. Thanks to the 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. Additionally, you can 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.

Holds: 4.5 pounds of charcoal | Material: Galvanized steel

Best Thermometer: Weber iGrill 2 Thermometer

Weber iGrill2

Courtesy of Home Depot

What We Like
  • Heat resistant to 716 degrees

  • Free app

What We Don't Like
  • Possible limited wireless range of 20 feet

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 the Weber iGrill 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 the Weber brand.

Power: Battery operated | Accommodates: Up to four meat probes

Best Charcoal: Jealous Devil All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal

Jealous Devil All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Pure hardwood

  • Long burn times (4+ hours)

  • Burns hotter than traditional charcoal briquets

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

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. 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.

Material: Hardwood without fillers

Best Smart: Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub

Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub

Courtesy of Weber

What We Like
  • Compatible with any grill

  • Notifies when food needs to be flipped

  • Taken off grill

What We Don't Like
  • Users say battery drains quickly

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 features both a meat probe and ambient temperature probe, allowing you to more accurately monitor the temperature of your grill and the 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.

Power: USB rechargeable battery | Tech: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled

Best Charcoal Rake: Weber 7649 Charcoal Rake

Charcoal Rake

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  •  Long handle

  • Feels sturdy in the hand

What We Don't Like
  • Very sharp edges

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 depth of the rake is 21 inches, 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.

Length: 14-inch-long handle | Material: Stainless steel

What to Look for in Weber Kettle Grill Accessories

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, a tool you’ll use every time you cook might be worth buying than just one you’ll only use a few times a year.

Versatility

Some accessories have multiple uses, while others are designed to do a single thing exceptionally well. When shopping, think about versatility and whether the value meets your needs and budget. 

Durability

No matter what you’re buying, you want it to last. Anything used with a grill is 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.

FAQs

What can you cook on a rotisserie?

Besides the juiciest chicken you’ve ever tasted, you can also rotisserie cook pork tenderloin, glazed ham, leg of lamb, and roast beef. Basically, anything that benefits from a slow, self-basting roast will do well with rotisserie cooking.

How far should coals be from the cooking grate?

Most standard kettle grills sit about 4 to 6 inches above the coals. Some have adjustable racks, or you can purchase one for greater cooking flexibility.

How can you tell how hot your charcoal grill is?

If you need to figure out how hot your grill is, hold your hand about 5 inches above the grate. If the temperature of your coals is high, you can hold your hand there for about two to four seconds; for medium, it’s five to seven seconds; and for low, it’s eight to 10 seconds.

Do you need a grill cover?

It’s not entirely necessary, but protecting your grill from the elements is always a good idea. A grill cover will keep rain and snow out of your grill to protect your investment and extend your grill’s lifespan. Not to mention, it will also prevent other gunk, such as bird droppings and pollen, from building up on your grill.

When it comes to shopping, this is typically a case of you get what you pay for. Cheap covers tear easily and last a season or two. Consider one that’s made by your manufacturer, which also ensures a better, more snug fit so the cover won’t blow off with every light breeze.

How do you calibrate a grill thermometer?

It’s a good idea to periodically check to see if your grill thermometer is accurate. Fill a glass with ice water. Place the tip of the thermometer in the ice water; the reading should be 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If not, use the little screw on the back of the thermometer to adjust the needle, then recheck the temperature in the ice water. Keep tweaking the needle until the reading on the thermometer is within a degree or two of 32 degrees when submerged in the ice water.

How do you light a charcoal grill?

Pile the charcoal into a mound or pyramid shape. Some manufacturers make coals infused with lighter fluid already, so you can light them with a match. If you’re using traditional coals, squirt lighter fluid on the top and sides of your cold charcoal pile. Read the lighter fluid directions because the manufacturer may suggest a recommended ratio of fluid to coals for lighting. Never, ever squirt lighter fluid onto hot or burning coals  because you can have a dangerous flare up.

After the lighter fluid burns off, the edges of the coals turn whitish-gray. The ash eventually covers each briquet. When the briquets are mostly ash-covered, spread out the coals to begin cooking. You also can use a charcoal chimney to expedite the process. With this device, set the chimney on your grill, place crumpled up scrap paper on the bottom of the chimney, then stack coals in the chimney. Light the paper, and the charcoal will catch fire. Once the coals are mostly ashy, pour the hot coals into the grill.

What can you cook on a charcoal grill?

Pretty much anything. Beyond hotdogs and hamburgers, try sides, such as french fries and sweet potatoes, veggies, such as bell peppers, portobello mushrooms, and broccoli, vegan black bean burgers, pork tenderloin, or even desserts, such as grilled cinnamon apples or honey grilled apricots.

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: Surefire Recipes and Foolproof Techniques" 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.

This roundup was updated by Arricca SanSone, who has been grilling since she owned her first tiny hibachi in college. She’ll grill anything, but her favorite food to grill is homemade pizza with veggies and herbs from her own garden. She is a health and lifestyle writer for Prevention, Country Living, Veranda, House Beautiful, PureWow, and many others.

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