The Weber Smokey You charcoal grill has been around for many years and is still a very popular Weber grill.
There are two versions of this portable Go-Anywhere Weber charcoal available and we will look at both of them to help you decide if you need the Gold or the Silver smokey Joe.
You can first read our summary of the two, or go to the full reviews by clicking here: Read the Silver Full Review – Read the Gold Full Review – Or read our opinion our opinion here.
Smokey Joe Silver and Gold Summary
Both have some thing in common like:
The Silver version of this Weber portable charcoal grill is very popular and the opinions are a little divided on this grill.
Some people like the ash catcher underneath the grill and other people think it is just blowing the ashes all over the place while cooking. The holes are also used as the damper and a few users mentioned that the holes got clogged up with pieces of charcoal and this prevented the air from going in at the bottom. Read the full review here
The Gold version of the Smokey Joe is different. It has no ash catcher and the air holes are on the side of the grill.
Some people wondered if this would prevent the grill from getting hot, but we could just find a few people complaining about that.
The handle on this grill that secures the lid during transporting and can be used to store the lid and at the same time use it as a wind catcher got some good remarks.Read the full review here
Smokey Joe Silver Review
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The price of the Weber 10020 smokey Joe does in my opinion not reflect the quality. You will get a very well produced grill for a very affordable price.
we have found over 850 people who took the time to write about there experience with this grill and they gave it 4.7 stars our of 5. Great result!!.
The most mentioned pros we found in these writings were about:
durability. Someone mentioned he had the same grill for over 15 years.
Heats up fast with the vents on the bottom.
Cheap on the use of charcoal. Read this several times.!!
Acts like a smoker with the lid closed. Can be used to cook a whole chicken with liquid smoke or wood chips.
The most mentioned Cons we found were about:
Size limits the use and you can cook not to much on it.
Handle to secure the lid would be a nice feature.
Ashes sometimes fly around and clog up the vent holes
For the rest we were not able to find to many cons for the silver version of the Weber smokey
Smokey Gold Review
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Just like the Silver version you get a lot of value for a small price.
The Gold version of the Smokey Joe got a little lower rating with 4.5 stars out of 5 from over 280 users that took the time to share there experiences with the readers.
Most of the pros we found were:
The locked lid is great for transportation and secures very well.
The closed base prevents ashes and hot pieces of charcoal from falling on your deck.
Indirect cooking is doable with the vents on the meat side closed and on the charcoal side open.
The most mentioned cons we found are:
Air holes are to high. This came back several times as a con to control the airflow over the coals and not getting to hot because of that. On the other hand many wrote that they did not have any problem with keeping this grill getting real hot.
Our opinion about the Weber Smokey Joe silver and gold grills
Products we recommend for the Weber Smokey Joe Grills
Like we read in some of the remarks people made it is good to use a grill mat if you use this portable grill at home on your deck.
The one recommended was the following one:
This will take care of anything you spill in, under and around you grill.
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Comes in the four colors: Black, Brick, Brown and Grey to match your deck or patio.
Second one is the Weber Charcoal starter.I have this one myself and used it for at least 5 year now with no problem.
I tried the cheaper no brands first, but that was a disaster.
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