Weber Genesis Smart Grill
MSRP $ 1,479.00
Lighting is easy
Smart technology built-in
AC or power bank option for smart module
Lots of storage
Extra burner is convenient
Learning curves with the Weber app
The assembly takes a while
Smart technology has come to almost every home in the smart home, so it is no surprise that it has also come to the barbecue.
Weber Genesis Smart Grill, Model 335 is one of these new high-tech options. Weber sent me a grill for a few weeks of testing and trial. I have tested what this grill is capable of, as well as how well it cooks, how easy it is to use, how the technology helps and if I would recommend it.
Webber Genesis Smart Grill: Unpack and create first
Before you move on to fun things, you need to remove, unpack, and build this grill. It took me about two hours, and there are many parts and components. If you are frustrated by the Ikea assembly, you may want to find out what your options are for an integrated model.
Wheel cart, lots of storage
I found this model has a wheeled cart and lots of storage at the bottom. Below the grill is a two-door cupboard and there is an optional side bogie for more long, slender accessories like extra grills, sheet pans and webber crafted lines (more on one second). There is a ready area on one side and a single burner for cooking with pots and pans on the other side.
Slide-out drip tray with liner
A well-executed feature of this BBQ is the large slide-out drip tray with an included foil pan liner. Tretty grabs all the drops from the BBQ so that no fat falls into a rickettsial tin that your dog can get.
Weber will include a special, optional grate that lets you integrate Weber crafted cookware onto the grill. You can choose from a pizza stone, grill basket, griddle, walk and much more. We have a list Cool grill gadget for added inspiration.
I haven’t picked any of these extra pieces yet, so I’ll stick with the BBQ basics.
Internal temperature sensor
If you choose the smart model grill, there is an ambient temperature sensor under the lid that displays the temperature in the digital readout of the smart module.
Weber Smart Module
The Weber Smart Module is the control center of your BBQ and integral to all its features.
The display can be powered using the included AC power cord or, if you do not have power, you can easily connect a power bank via USB-C connection below. A small shelf at the bottom of the counter and next to the smart module fits perfectly with a power bank.
When the module is operated, you can see the ambient temperature inside the hood. It will also show your food temperature and display a countdown timer.
There are two ports on the front of the module for inserting your cooking probes.
Includes single wired cooking probe
The BBQ comes with a wired webber cooking probe – an in-read meat thermometer – but you can buy an extra one if you want. The probe goes into the flesh, while the other end connects to your BBQ module. These same probes work with the Weber iGrill3 portable smart module.
Genesis BBQ can handle two probes to cook two different cuts of meat at the same time.
Weber Connect app
To get the most out of your grill, you need a web connection app
The application will allow you to:
- See the ambient temperature of the BBQ; Perfect for knowing when it’s pre-hit.
- Observe a certain temperature when you want to maintain a low and slow temperature for a long barbecue or smoking session.
- You can check the condition of your food, the internal temperature of your meat, or the app to estimate how long it will take you to cook.
- Use Weber’s recipe and preset food program.
This BBQ must have a learning curve with technology. I guess it took me a few meals to really get the feeling for things.
I started with a slice of salmon and chose to use Weber’s recipe program, choosing medium-well as a result. The cooking time was short but when I cut the fish, it was definitely done much better than the medium-well.
I like my salmon medium or even rare, but with the recipe program I chose in the Weber Connect app, it wasn’t an option. I made a note to look at the options for fish in the future again.
Then I cooked a steak, medium-rare.
I placed the probe in the beef and placed it on the grill. The app sent a push notification when it was time to reverse.
I did when the app told me it was time to remove it and give it a rest, but when I cut into it it was moderately-rare in my eyes.
This is a good time to talk about caution. For the most part, these warnings are not loud or even audible; They notice push on the phone, and sometimes, they are not immediately.
Caution is not audible
During some chefs I tested how the app could play a loud sound or ring when it was time for something to come from the grill, but I couldn’t find anything effective despite the double. -Checking my notification settings.
I felt the need to hold my phone in front of me and watch the pop-ups. If I get confused (which is, of course) I will miss them and risk overcooking my food.
With this grill it’s important to remember: having smart technology in it doesn’t mean you’re completely out of hand.
For example, when the smart module and probe tell you where the probe is sitting, it’s up to you to check if you’ve worked elsewhere, like when you cook another meal at home.
Also, the app will tell you when it thinks your food is ready, you need to be careful or you may miss your notifications.
You could say that with this BBQ’s design, warmth and smartness you will have a 90% chance of success, but you still need to be present and double check to make sure the food is cooked to the right temperature.
Get it leaked
When I cooked a fourth meal, a whole pork tenderloin, I felt much more confident in both the grill and the technology.
With the pork being prepared and explored, it was time to cook. I looked at the phone for push notifications to turn the meat. The pork was flipped over and then rested, and I sliced into a perfectly medium pork tenderline that was moist and tender.
I chose to make hamburgers for the final cooking before my review.
Before I started this recipe I checked my notification settings and chose to enable Siri to read notifications from the app, hopefully this will give me some more hands-off options. That Siri-voiced warning never came.
I also don’t like the fact that with some of Weber’s pre-set recipes you can’t choose the level of charity; The recipe recommends how it should be cooked and that’s it.
In my case, my burgers were well made, so they were food-safe if cooked a little more for my personal taste.
Do you need a smart grill?
Do you really need a smart grill? There are other ways to get Grilling Smart without having to pay for embedding. I will say it; If you’re shopping for a high-end web grill, there are hundreds of dollars more to add to the smart module. You can also pay $ 120 or more for add-ons, freestanding Webber iGrill gadgets, but it’s best to build technology in the grill.
The price of Weber Grill varies greatly depending on the size, number of burners, whether you include smart modules, and how much storage your model has. Also, there are options for both gas and propane. My version, the Weber Genesis Smart Grill, Model 335 gas grill with three burners, extra storage, and smart modules, sold for about $ 1,479.
There is a lot of love about this grill. While I was certainly happy to complete the assembly, it is possible for anyone with basic tools like Smart. I love the design and all the storage that comes with it; I had nothing to do with the old grill. The Weber Genesis BBQ is durable and well-made, and grill grits don’t look flimsy or cheap. I prefer the option to plug the smart module into AC power or use a power bank, since I have no AC power near my grill area, and the Weber Connect app seems to have plenty of recipes and options for almost every meat cutting, as well as vegetables and even fruits. .
When it comes to the bad aspects, the app’s warnings should be audible and immediate. You really have to pay attention when you cook, as you would if you barbecue without any smart technology.
There is also a learning curve and I would say that it took me about four to five meals before I started to feel confident cooking with this grill. But now that I’m here, I’m really happy about it.
Is there a better option?
In my opinion, in the case of barbecue and smart running web shows. They seem to be leading the market in terms of choices and options, and as a company with a great and lasting reputation, you can trust the whole package here.
Should I buy it?
If you are looking for a new grill on the upper end of the spectrum that has something extra smart to help you grill better, I can recommend you the Weber Genesis Smart Grill. You can also check out our list Smart meat thermometer here.