Offset Smokers-Deep Flavor

Offset Smokers Deep Flavor

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Advantages to and Offset

    1. Deep Penetration Smoke
    2. No Electric Needed

Offset smokers are said to make the best product. The reverse flow and reflector plate smoker is the key to excellent results in an offset. Lang has perfected this system. Lang is a best value for the money.  There isn’t any difference between a Yoder and a Jambo really. R&O smokers are very close to a Jambo.  There are some new companies in Texas that are building more smokers everyday. Texas is the home of the offset. They don’t believe in any other kind of smoker in Texas. That is changing now.  The best brisket in The World probably came off an offset. The best Chicken probably came off a pellet grill. When you talk about offset smokers the more you pay for it on the list below the better its gonna cook and than formula really works.

 

Offset Smokers

This chart below is the whole deal. Reverse flow is the magic of every reverse flow in the universe. Yoder has some grills that are on steel wheels. If your a back yard cooker that is the way to go! www.smokinmeatforums.com

Offset Smokers

Offset Smoker were the first line of cookers brought into the Competition Circuit. John Willingham actually has the patent on offset smokers cooking.  Offset smoker have always been a staple of out door cooking. The advantage of an offset smoker is great smoke penetration, and ease of maneuvering. The wood has to be added every hour on most some can go as long as 2-4 hours. The Jambo is the Best of the Best of the Offset Smokers but it cost as much as $25000.00 where as a Lang BBQ Smoker can do the same job with a little more wood for a fraction of that cost.

Offset Smoker are used on cooking trailers many times. Featherbrook, Gator Pits and a few other companies are famous for long trailers with sinks, refrigerators, holding places for wood, several large and small offset smoker. These trailers are great for catering, big BBQ Competitions, large gatherings, and people who cook often. It has everything you need in one pull.

Offset Smoker require a little more work then Gravity Flow Smokers but also give a reward of deep smoke flavor. There was a trend away for offset smokers on the competition trail for a good night sleep which is somewhat true today but some cooks have come back to off sets for Brisket, some have come back for all categories because of that offset smoker deep flavor.

How to buy and Offset

1. Is the metal thick enough to hold the heat? – If the metal is so thin that the heat is just going to blow right through the walls of the cooker don’t buy it. An offset with a little thickness to the walls once the steel is hot it will really cook meat fast and penetrating flavor.

2. How much does it leak? If you close the door is smoke coming out of it every where but the chimney. If it won’t hold the smoke it won’t hold the heat.

3. How heavy is it? If it weights 2500 pounds its gonna be hard to move around and kill you on gas going down the road.

4. How accessible is the chamber? Don’t buy and offset that its like a submarine trying to move meat in and out of the cooking chamber. If you can’t get in it why waste your time buying it.

5.  How much meat can you put on it.  Don’t buy a 60 inch when you need a 100 inch long cooker.  You can’t cater off a cooker that is too small. Buy bigger than you need because you never know where you’ll end up.

6. Has it got enough baffles? Offsets can cook a lot of different ways. You want to make sure that the warming box can become a cooking chamber but is also baffled down if needed to a warming box.  The main cooking chamber can be a holding box if there are enough baffles to control the temperature in the main chamber. Don’t buy a cooker what you have to put you own deflector plate in that is why I named these cookers on this page.

7. Use wood and charcoal.  Wood has to be dried. Wood is full of turpins, aromatic oils, the bark is the worst. Green wood will leave you food tasting bitter. Buy wood that is dried if you don’t have access to any. Dry your wood for a year is best some use it after 6 months. Use charcoal if you don’t have access to dry wood. Wood means flavor. Apple wood is fantastic its won a lot of contest.

8. Buy a BBQ Guru for you offset.- It will change the whole experience. It will maintain a great temperature for you.

9. Don’t buy to cheap. Why buy a cheap offset every 3 years when you can buy once for life. Save up and buy a great Brand Name cooker like is listed below. If its mass manufactured it probably won’t last. Bubba Grills, Lang BBQ Smokers, Jambo Pits, Yoder Smokers, Pitmaker, Gator Pits, Smokerbuilder, Iron Man Cookers, and Meadow Creek are all buy one and your done. These pits last a life time and pass it down to your grand children’s grand children. That is a great value. Buying a tin can every 3 years makes them rich and you poor. You also become part of a family when you buy from these guys. There right there to help you all the time. 

 

 

 

When stoking the fire of an off set you can figure 1 to 2 pieces of wood and hour. Air flow is key to how high the temperature goes in between putting wood on the fire. You can buy a Stoker to control the air flow for you and measure the temperature.

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A probe for your meat, a probe for your cooker and your off. The probes send a signal to the main box and when the temperature goes down or up the fan is cut on of off. More air makes the temperature go up, Less air temperature goes down.

With one of these you can sit back a little you only have to add fuel to the offset smoker. It will tell you the temperature electronically and you can get a remote to carry around you that has alarms for when the temperature goes to high or low.

Offset smoker have always been what America identifies BBQ with. Its the BBQ Man who stays up all night to keep the fire going to make that good BBQ! Its a tradition.

Offset Smoker

Top Ranked Offset Smokers

  1. Tucker Cookers
  2. Jambo Pits
  3. Shirley’s Fabrication
  4. R&O Smokers
  5. Yoder Smokers
  6. IronMan Cookers
  7. Meadow Creek
  8. Lang BBQ Smokers
  9. Bubba Grills
  10. Pitmaker in Houston Texas
  11. Gator Pits
  12. Papa’s Little Cookers
  13. Alvaron Custom Cookers
  14. Koala Wood Fired Oven
  15. Cajun Grills
  16. Weber Grills

 

Tucker Cookers

Tucker Cookers is another Super Offset. Tucker Cookers could be said to be the #1 offset smokers of all time. Tuckers are easy to do temperature control on.  I stayed with a cooking team one contest in McCormick South Carolina and we drank some great whiskey.  They had a Tucker. I seen them load it down with Charcoal about 5 o’clock in the evening and I moved on the next morning they only added some to it once. download (14) His daddy ran a body shop in Memphis down town right up the hill from Memphis in May. Tucker has always participated in Memphis in May. Its right down by the river. If you look at the way the tire is under the fender it looks like its built like a car.  That young man is a seasoned professional steel engineer.  The Tucker Cooker is an amazing piece of machinery.  So many small things that make life easier.  A shelp like cooking surface that you can walk up on like a counter in your house. 

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The pan below if you want to do direct grilling is on a system to raise and lower. You can change the temperature of your direct grill in minutes.  Its got shelves to work on, warming box options, Chrome it out, add what you want when you want Tucker Cookers has magic in their shop. Goerge Karcher took us on a tour of his shop and he makes every part of this cooker himself. The handles, the hardware, he is a metal fabricating engineer.

George Karcher at the beginning of this video say, “I made a machine to produce the parts that go on the Tucker Cooker.” Uh let me say that again, “I made a machine to make the parts that go on the Tucker Cooker.”  Tucker Cookers is family, Tucker Cookers is American ingenuity, Tucker Cookers is the fabric of out nation come alive.

How do you pick between these companies? How do you pick which one you buy a cooker from?  These people listed on this page are the Titans of Offset Cooking.  Everyone deserves an award.  Lang BBQ Smokers, Jambo Pits, Tucker Cookers, Iron Man Cookers, The Shirley’s, Meadow Creek.  You’ll never find them in Walmart, you’ll never find them in Tractor Supply they are too big for that. You’ll find them in the anals of BBQ Royalty.  The Best BBQ in the World. Bubba Grills almost won it all at Memphis in May!  Don’t settle for junk looked for a used one of these till you can buy new.  The difference will change your life. Buy once with these companies or buy once a year or every other year with the 20 gauge junk. Its cheaper to buy a patio model here. Its American! Its a BBQSuperStars Hell Yeah!

Jambo Pits

Jamie Greer came up with something. Its the best offset smoker ever built. Its costs, but anything worth having is worth paying for. Jambo Pits have won more contest than you can shake a stick of wood at. With less wood then your can imagine. The first big champion I ever saw was Tuffy Stone standing beside his Jambo in Dillard Georgia.  He was cooking ribs he looked over at me and said. “You new here?” I said “Yeah.” He said come out here and cook with us. Offset Smokers

They have some great back yard models at Jambo Pits.

Offset Smokers

If you notice the size of the smoker box its big and its real effective. The insulation on these offset smoker is the key. No heat escapes and the air control is easy.  Jambo took it to the next level. If you are serious about cooking BBQ get a Jambo. You won’t be sorry and its the best offset smoker ever made.

Shirley Fabrication

I have confidence that Paul Shirley and Tyler Shirley are two of the most fierce metal fabricators in the nation. I watched in person as these two went at building an offset and a bumper for an F250 fast an accurately. It was unbelievable. I would put them up against any of these smoker company and bet they would come out on top. Offset Smokers are their specialty. Get a hold of Shirley Fabrication and get an offset smoker to your desire built today. Tyler may be the best metal fabricator in the country maybe the world right now. I’d love to have a competition and test that out. My money is on Tyler. I had to add them to the list. Jamie Greer vs Tyler Shirley that would be a television series no on would ever forget.

This is an interesting design but the two stacks at the top gives you the options of reverse flow or direct flow with the release of the smoke.

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Yoder Smokers

Yoder Smokers Offset Smoker look act walk and talk just like a Jambo. There is no difference. Jambo came first so we can’t give Yoder Smoker the lock on the concept.  Yoder has its own quality. Its a top of the line smoker. There is not five cents worth of difference in a Yoder and a Jambo so it all comes down to the price.  Yoder is one of the best.

A little competition is a good thing. Especially when you’re competing at something that really matters. Like barbecue. And let’s face it, whether you’re competing against the top smoke masters, the guy next door, or yourself, barbecue matters. So, for all you folks who like to win – the smoke pit crews, the Backyard Chefs the apron-wearing, tong-carrying people who live to “Grill” – it is YOU for whom we build our Yoder Smokers.

Yoder Smokers are NOT the typical barbecue pit you buy down at the local department store. These pits are designed for use at the biggest BBQ competitions, and in your own backyard where the competition can be just as stiff. We construct our line of competition-grade smoker pits to last a lifetime. In fact, that’s how long we guarantee them against burnout. Our pits have so much steel in them that even the smallest pit we make weighs in at 255 pounds… and our biggest pits weigh well over 1,200 pounds, before we even add a trailer to the weight. So, when your neighbor’s shiny polished-steel grill has burnt through and is headed for the dump, you’ll still be smoking away.Offset Smokers

Go to a sanctioned BBQ competition and ask any owner of a Yoder Smoker why they chose one of our pits and you’re likely to hear things like: “It keeps an even temperature for a long time;” “It really keeps in the heat;” or “It uses less wood than the other pits.”

In other words, people who really know BBQ recognize the quality workmanship we put into our line of smoker pits, and how those “extra details” can make all the difference in turning out mouthwatering BBQ. They appreciate why our pit doors are all fully welded, and how our offset chamber design – perfected by award-winning smoke masters – keeps a flowing smoke and even temperature.

I have to agree with every word of that Yoder Delivers.

Iron Man Cookers

Iron Man Cookers is headed up by Frank Cox. Frank is a genius.  I mean that seriously. Frank can build any kind of smoker there is on the planet. He knows what all the pit falls are of any cooker that has been engineered.  Why did I make him fourth on the list? He is a good friend of mine and I don’t want people to think I just gave him first place because he didn’t deserve it.  What is an Iron Man Off Set? The cutting edge of new technology that has never been dreamed of before.  Its the most well engineered and manufactured offset to ever be rolled out. For those of you who don’t know Frank Cox is let me introduce you to him. offset smokers Frank Cox could put a Pellet apparatus on a offset smoker and make it more efficient than the best wood fire offset ever made.  He could put an offset box on gravity flow and make it work better than the best gravity flow.  Frank Cox may be a man before his time.  I suggest you call him (573) 578 6180 and don’t just settle for a simple offset or a gravity flow.  Get Frank to make you a mega cooker that everyone will drool over! Smokerbuilder.com, Smokerplans.net, Smokerbuilder Hell Yeah! (Oops got carried away) now I let you have the whole story. Frank Cox is the most able man in this country to change the whole equation.

Meadow Creek Smokers

Meadow Creek is the best built offset smoker for the money. Meadow Creek will put out top notch BBQ.  Its built well and not so heavy you can’t handle it. Meadow Creek has some models that are the only one of its kind. Meadow Creek has a chicken cooker that cooks 40 pounds every hour.  mcw_bbq42_1

 

Their offset smoker are awesome. They hold temperature good, it doesn’t talk a lot of charcoal or wood to keep them going and they move around easy.

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There pull be hind trailers are unbelievable. The best BBQ out there can be produced on these trailers. The amount of configuration of these trailers are limitless, Chicken cooker on the front and 84 inch cooker on the back.

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The Reverse Flow action of this offset smoker makes it a great cooker.

 

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Meadow Creek call

941 343 0936 Call and get a quote.

 

 

 

 

Lang BBQ Smokers

Lang an offset smokers  was the first competition cooker to hit the circuit in mass amounts. During the 80’s and 90’s everybody on the BBQ Competition Circuit would probable be cooking with a Lang or a Backwoods. Everyone started with a Lang. Ben Lang hails out of Nahunta, Georgia. Nahunta is in the Southern Most part of Georgia and is an Island.

Lang offset smoker has a few major selling points. It has enough steel to hole the heat. Lang BBQ Offset Smoker are made from 1/4 inch rolled steel. Do not say gauge when talking about a Lang. They are the heaviest cookers in the business. I’ve spent a lot of time with Lang Smokers and they are simply magic.images (3)

Lang BBQ Smokers have the right to be #1 on this list. I love Lang Offset Smoker I love Ben Lang he is a hard working guy. His offset smoker have cooked for NCAA Final Four on site. PGA Tour, Augusta Nationals, Super Bowl, Las Vegas ACM awards, Ben Lang has taken his cookers from one end to the other of this nation and been really successful.

Paul Kirk is one of his cooks that does schools for Lang BBQ Smokers. Its a lot of work. The quality is there. They are beautiful.1005420_492510597490646_1745673081_n

Brad Kay of BK BBQ is Ben Lang’s Professional BBQ Team. Brad Kaymaxresdefault on 2012 worked with BBQ Pitmastere’s and cooked for them at every stop on a Lang Offset Smoker. If you watch BBQ Pitmaster’s beside each side of the stage where Myron, Tuffy, and the Other Judge sits you’ll see a Smoking Lang Patio Model.

Lang’s Patio Model is second7822754 to none.  This is where the rubber meets the road. When you say quality in backyard cooking and you add the words Lang BBQ Offset Smokers to it. Your talking about the best there is across the world. To have a Lang 36 Patio Model in your backyard is like having Dale Earnhart’s racing car in your driveway as a mode back and forth to work its that good.

When you put wood in a Lang it starts smoking from out the door, from out the chimney, from out the air vents and you know magic is about to happen. Its when you transition from stressful life to BBQ Magic Life. Its when you kick off your shoes and take life a little easier compliments of Ben Lang. Hell Yeah.

On thing about Langs is the 108. That is 108 inches in length of pure “T” cooking power. The 108 heats up as fast as the 36 and it is a train. A huge train coming down the track. Its the biggest offset on the market and the most impressive.108DeluxeChar01

Lang 108 is a cater-ers dream. Lang has a bunch of different models now everyone of them are great, Hybrids, 36, 48, 60, 84 (a big favorite), 108, its a BBQ Lovers Dream. Lang BBQ Smokers “Get a Lang.” Hell Yeah! It got a little Hell Yeah in this Lang write up that is a real buyers guide to buying a smoker.

Bubba Grills

Bubba is the nicest guy in BBQ. Bubba has won some of the biggest contest in the country. in 2011 Bubba was in the Final 3 at Memphis in May to win it all. maxresdefault (1)
Bubba is a retired engineer. He doesn’t have to make cookers he just loves doing it. He took one to the Caribbean and hung out and ate some great food.

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Bubba Grills is a great smoker. With large warmer boxes big enough to cook a major amout of more BBQ. Bubba Grills is proven. Bubba Grills can make a grill for any application he’s a big time engineer.

Bubba Grills has a MBN attack trailer.417561_10150573562426816_1624658097_n Pull up with this trailer and in 10 minutes you are set up to do onsite judging and big time cook. This trailer has been designed to do an MBN contest and take the work and worry of the set up.

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Catering Delight make some money, make your job happy! Get a hold of Bubba this cooker is Pro-League cookers. Bubba has come up with a toy loader dream cooker when the tow part on the front comes off and will allow you to put it in most all toy haulers. Its 84 inches from front to back with the tow off it.

Gator Pits

Gator Pits is another offset that is outstand. Its just as good as any on this list. You know Gator Pits likes building big trailer cookers.GatorPit11

Gator Pits has the top quality offset smokers that earned its way onto this list. Gator Pits is a the choice if you live in Texas, and surrounding states why pay for shipping get the quality your looking for right there in Texas. Gator Pits trailers are second to none. There cookers are second to none and they will create what ever your BBQ dream is.

BBQSuperStars endorses Gator Pits Offset Smokers as I’m endorsing everyone on this description list. This is a buyers guide will not let you down. Invest in quality that is proven on the BBQ Competition Circuit.

Alveron Cookers

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John Haney is a great BBQ Cook. He doesn’t advertise. He doesn’t promote himself he just builds a great cooker. Its a direct grill that does magic to whole hogs, butts, and anything you put on it. I can’t see how he has been able to make a direct grill that does the magic it does.

Alveron Cookers has changed South Carolina BBQ. The South Carolina BBQ Association cooks have all bought into Alveron Cookers because it does such a good job of cooking Butts. South Carolina BBQ is all about Boston Butts and different parts of that Butt and John 61039_130848783630791_6999345_nHaney has made it his business to cook those Butts to perfection. He has come out now with a patio model that is second to none. What is Alveron Cookers all about. Simply the best. All these offsets on this description list are the best ever made. Don’t drink the tea, Don’t buy junk. Buy a life time of smiles and family fun. Be the man at the Tailgate, at the church function, at the moment no one will ever forget. These offset smokers will never let you down BBQSuperStars will guarantee.

Tucker Cookers

Tucker Cookers is another Super Offset. Tucker Cookers could be said to be the #1 offset smokers of all time. Tuckers are easy to do temperature control on.  I stayed with a cooking team one contest in McCormick South Carolina and we drank some great whiskey.  They had a Tucker. I seen them load it down with Charcoal about 5 o’clock in the evening and I moved on the next morning they only added some to it once. download (14) His daddy ran a body shop in Memphis down town right up the hill from Memphis in May. Tucker has always participated in Memphis in May. Its right down by the river. If you look at the way the tire is under the fender it looks like its built like a car.  That young man is a seasoned professional steel engineer.  The Tucker Cooker is an amazing piece of machinery.  So many small things that make life easier.  A shelp like cooking surface that you can walk up on like a counter in your house. 

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The pan below if you want to do direct grilling is on a system to raise and lower. You can change the temperature of your direct grill in minutes.  Its got shelves to work on, warming box options, Chrome it out, add what you want when you want Tucker Cookers has magic in their shop. Goerge Karcher took us on a tour of his shop and he makes every part of this cooker himself. The handles, the hardware, he is a metal fabricating engineer.

George Karcher at the beginning of this video say, “I made a machine to produce the parts that go on the Tucker Cooker.” Uh let me say that again, “I made a machine to make the parts that go on the Tucker Cooker.”  Tucker Cookers is family, Tucker Cookers is American ingenuity, Tucker Cookers is the fabric of out nation come alive.

How do you pick between these companies? How do you pick which one you buy a cooker from?  These people listed on this page are the Titans of Offset Cooking.  Everyone deserves an award.  Lang BBQ Smokers, Jambo Pits, Tucker Cookers, Iron Man Cookers, The Shirley’s, Meadow Creek.  You’ll never find them in Walmart, you’ll never find them in Tractor Supply they are too big for that. You’ll find them in the anals of BBQ Royalty.  The Best BBQ in the World. Bubba Grills almost won it all at Memphis in May!  Don’t settle for junk looked for a used one of these till you can buy new.  The difference will change your life. Buy once with these companies or buy once a year or every other year with the 20 gauge junk. Its cheaper to buy a patio model here. Its American! Its a BBQSuperStars Hell Yeah!

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This an example of a poor smoker. When the smoke goes almost straight out the exhaust heat is lost easy, smoke doesn’t stay in the smoker long enough to work on the meat.  If you buy a cheap grill at the big box store the side the box is on should be the side the smoke stack is on! Case in point below that smokers gonna take a lot of wood and time to cook that meat.

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Weber Ranch Kettle

1952

Born from a buoy.

In 1952 George Stephen Sr. was working at Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing marine buoys when he came up with an idea for a better grill. His invention: a dome-shaped grill with a lid to protect food from the elements, while sealing in that only-from-the-grill barbecue flavor.

George Stephen cut a buoy in half, added some air vents and legs and, in the process, invented the grill that would spark a backyard revolution.

Original Grill

George Stephen, Sr.The man behind the kettle, George Stephen. Grill master, inventor, and father of 12. His love of barbecue was almost as big as his love of life.

Weber Stories

The Birth of American Grilling

After World War II, our heroes of the free world came home asking very little in return for their bravery: a bungalow with a small backyard… more

George’s idea of “covered cooking” caught on like wildfire.

It caught people’s attention with its unusual shape.

And it became part of the American fabric.

Milestones

1952 Weber Kettle created
1956 George redesigns the kettle to look more like today’s iconic shape
1959 Weber Brothers Metal Works acquired by George Stephen

Weber’s First AdTopper, the Weber “covered cooking” mascot from the early days.

Logos

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You can never go wrong with a Weber Grills. Weber Grills has been featured on BBQ Pitboys of 500 cooking video’s. You can do offset cooking, direct grilling, backing, brazing, any kind of cooking there is can be done on a Weber Grills.

Weber has found its way onto the BBQ Competition Circuit also. Weber has won its share of Grand Championships in the past and I’m sure it will win a few more.

Weber has a small grill called The Smoky Joe7431B

 

The Smoky Joe is 14 inches across but is a great individual to cook for yourself and a couple friends. You would be surprise at how effective it is. The larger Weber Grills are great also, Weber has come out with a top of the line Gas Grills now. Weber has it all from Competition to BacyYard.

The Weber Smoky Mountain was quite a winner for Weber when they came out. It created a cooking chamber much like your over and very effective in maintaining a good temperature. B001I8ZTJ0-inside

 

Once Weber came out with the Smoky Mountain it changed BBQ forever. For a few hundred dollars any BBQ Cook could get a hold of a top knotch BBQ Cooker to create those dishes that no one could resist.

Weber is as American as Apple Pie. Its a sign of true American Ingenuity. How did a buoy maker come up with this.

 

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The Turkey is on one side with the air vent above it. The charcoal is on the other side. The smoke has to travel to the air vent and therefore makes and offset situation in a Weber Grill.

 

 

The Weber-Stephen Products LLC is a privately held American manufacturer harcoaland gas grillsgrilling accessories and other outdoor room products, primarily under the Weber name. In 2004, Weber-Stephen acquired competitor Ducane, which markets high-end gas grills.[1] It also operates four restaurants located in Illinois and Indianapolis, and publishes grilling-related recipe and cook books. The company was family owned, but sold a majority stake to BDT Capital Partners in 2010.[2]

Weber-Stephen sells its products in 30 countries throughout the world (AustraliaAustria,BelgiumCanadaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkFinlandFranceGermany,GreeceHungaryIndiaItalyMexicoNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRussia,Slovak RepublicSloveniaSouth AfricaSpainSwedenSwitzerlandTurkeyUnited KingdomUnited States[3]

Weber-Stephens was incorporated on May 8, 1893 as Weber Bros. Metal Works.[4]

Replica of the original 1951 Weber kettle grill

The original round kettle grill was built by George Stephen Sr., a part-owner of a sheet metal shop inChicago who sought to improve on the brazier he had been using to cook with at home.[5] The grill was produced using two sheet metal half-spheres normally used as parts of buoys built in his shop. George’s neighbors called it ‘Sputnik‘.[6] Shortly thereafter he began selling the invention, which he called ‘George’s Barbecue Kettle’, for which there was considerable demand.[7]

Because the grill became so successful after he began selling it in 1952, Stephen formed the barbecue division of the Weber Brothers factory. In the late 1950s, Stephen bought out the Weber Brothers factory and became the sole owner, devoting all his professional time to manufacturing and selling the Weber kettle. Soon thereafter, Stephen changed the company’s name to Weber-Stephen Products Co.[8]

 
Weber Grill Restaurant inChicago, Illinois
 
Weber Grill Restaurant inSchaumburg, Illinois

In March 2004, Weber-Stephen acquired competitor Ducane, moving the company into high-end propane and natural gas grills.[1] At the time, Weber stated that it would continue to manufacture Ducane gas barbecue grills at the Barnwell, South Carolina facility. However, Weber outsourced production of Ducane models to China, along with itseponymous grills.

Current operations

Restaurants

In 1989, the company opened the first Weber Grill Restaurant in Wheeling, Illinois. Later, three more locations were built in Lombard, Illinois (1999), downtown Chicago (2002), and Schaumburg, Illinois (2005). Another Weber Grill Restaurant opened in Indianapolis in July 2007.[9]

The meats and other items at the restaurant are cooked with charcoal on custom-made stainless steel Weber grills. The kitchens are oriented in an open format so that customers can see meals being prepared.[10] The menus feature steaks, hamburgers and regional barbecue, along with grill-fired pizzas.[11]

Ducane

Ducane markets gas grills through big box home improvement and specialty outdoor product stores. In 2007, Ducane introduced the Affinity Series, which was part of the largest launch in Weber-Stephen’s history.[12]

Ducane history

The Ducane Products company started out as Ducane Brothers Metal Fabricating in 1946. It moved three years later to Little Ferry, New Jersey, where made warm air furnaces. In 1968, the name was changed to the Ducane Company and moved the base of operations to Barnwell, SC. In 1975, they started making Ducane Gas Grills.[13] However, Ducane filed for bankruptcy in 2003 and was acquired by Weber Stephens in 2004 for $13.6 million.