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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.
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.
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.
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.
Pair of sturdy holders for charcoal or wood chunks. These briquet baskets are made from sturdy aluminum steel and make indirect cooking both easy—who doesn't want that—and safe. These get to grill heat faster and saves time moving stacks of heated charcoal around.
When these adonized aluminum cooking grates were first introduced they revolutionized grilling. The design amplifies heat, creates infrared cooking and produces amazing searing and grill marks. These cooking grates have become the not so secret weapon of competition steak cooks around the world and this set is specifically cut to fit a 22-Inch round grill. These are definitely a grate upgrade worth considering.
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.
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.
The best accessory depends on your needs, but for rotisserie cooking, we recommend the Weber 2290 Charcoal Kettle Rotisserie. For cooking grates, go with Craycort's modular cast iron model or the Weber 8835 Gourmet BBQ System, which is great for barbecuing.
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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.
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.
Versatility: 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.
Durability: 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.