Weber Ranch Kettle Charcoal Grill

Weber is one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of barbecue accessories in the world. With great reputation for quality, reliability and outstanding customer support, the company enjoys worldwide popularity. You can read more about the Weber-Stephen brand in our detailed article here.

The Weber Ranch Kettle charcoal grill is another great example of the company’s superior quality products.

Cooking Performance & Features

According to Weber, their Ranch Kettle charcoal grill is a “Weber kettle on steroids” and considering its generous cooking surface we agree. Originally designed for ceterers and country chefs, the 1104 sq.in. cooking surface is great for picnics and large family reunions. The cooking surface is large enough for cooking multiple turkeys, roasts, chickens, up to 19 Cornish hens in the same time or approx. 54 burgers. This is also the grill used in Weber Grill restaurants.

Aluminum damper system on the Weber Ranch Kettle charcoal grill
Aluminum damper system

The closed lid cooking systems is a signature of Weber products. The four rust-resistant dampers allow for easy heat control without lifting the lid. Made of rust-resistant aluminum, the damper system is not only functional but also durable. The Weber Ranch Kettle grill does not feature a built-in thermometer. We recommend the use of a special meat thermometer for perfect cooking results.

The grill comes equipped with a rack (Tuck-Away lid holder) which can be used for holding the lid while you are tending on the food. It is a nice option, especially considering the large lid dimensions.

Made of heavy-duty plated steel, the cooking grates are durable, easy to clean and can hold enough heat for giving your stakes great sear marks. The Weber Ranch Kettle feature hinged grates, which are great for easy access to fuel without lifting the whole grate or removing food from the grill. Adjusting charcoal quantity as needed is super easy.

 

Large cooking area on the Weber Ranch Kettle grill
Large cooking area

The Ranch Kettle charcoal grill also features heavy-duty plated steel charcoal grates, durable and capable of withstanding the high heat of any charcoal fire. By using the charcoal grates and the charcoal baskets you can set up your grill for direct or indirect heat, according to your preference. You can even use the charcoal baskets with chips or chunks for extra smoke and flavor.

Construction

Built on a heavy-duty steel cart frame and porcelain-enameled bowl and lid, the grill has a solid construction and the large wheels and small locking casters are great for positioning it as desired. Ash is easily collected in the ash catcher system, made of an aluminum removable bowl. This is an open system and not an enclosed one, as on the Weber Performer grills.

The Weber Ranch Kettle also features two glass reinforced nylon lid handles and three tool hooks, useful for keeping your cooking tools close.

The grill is well sealed and even if it does have a very large cooking space, it does not consume so much more fuel than a regular charcoal grill.

It is 42″ high, 37.75″ wide, and 44.75″ deep.

Help & Support

All Weber charcoal grills are covered by a 10-year limited warranty, as follows:

  • Cooking /charcoal grates – 2 years warranty;
  • Stainless Steel One-Touch Cleaning System – 10 years warranty;
  • Bowl and lid against rust trough or burn through – 10 years warranty;
  • Nylon handles – 10 years warranty;
  • Thermoplastic/ thermoset parts – 10 years, excluding fading;
  • All other parts – 2 years warranty.

The Weber website has an extensive FAQs page that features information about gas grills and charcoal grills. You’ll also find product manuals, general tips on grill maintenance and grilling itself on this site. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, there is a search feature to help you find it quickly.

Summary

Even if it may seem a bit expensive at around $1,200.00, if you are looking for a large charcoal grill for your big barbecue party, you can be sure the Weber Ranch Kettle will make your guests happy.

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