Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless GrateThe @WeberGrills Smokey Mountain Smoker and Weber Rib Rack Review

After purchasing the Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Charcoal Baskets I was so impressed with how well they were built and the quality of the material I wanted to upgrade the grates on my 18.5 inch Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker.

I planned to cook up four racks of pork ribs for yesterday’s Pats/Texans playoff game.

Only problem was that fitting four slabs of spare ribs on an 18 inch WSM I was going to need to use a rib rack. The Weber Rib Rack for $12.99 is a nice value, purchase here.   It’s well built and designed.  The slots are spaced enough apart that the ribs don’t lean up against each other.  When comparing them to the Char Broil ones they both had nice builds but the Char Broil one had six slots instead of five which would have placed the ribs closer together and if the ribs are leaning up against each other they won’t develop bark where they touch.

Trimmed the spare ribs into St Louis cuts which basically squares them up.

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The Quality Grill Parts  Heavy Duty Grate for 18.5 inch Weber Smokey Mountain did not disappoint in terms of quality compared the the charcoal baskets I bought from the company.  Same over built, high quality 304 stainless construction.  Comparing the build to the grates that come with the WSM it’s night and day.  They cost $40 on Amazon- purchase here

Check out the short video review here-

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Here are some comparison photos between the Quality Grill Parts 18.5 Heavy Duty Grate and the Stock Weber Unit-

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Here are the ribs on the new grate and racks-

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Video- Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Charcoal Baskets vs Stock Weber Baskets

Buy The Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Charcoal Baskets On Amazon At This Link 

For comparison, the stock Weber aluminum charcoal baskets vs the Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Charcoal Baskets.  A pair of the Weber charcoal baskets weighed in at 1.9 lbs vs the Quality Grill Parts baskets at 3.15 lbs. the Quality Grill Parts Baskets cost $29.99 with free Prime shipping on Amazon at this link vs $14.99 for Weber aluminum Charcoal baskets which ship for free with Amazon Prime at this link

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You can see the difference in thickness in these photos.

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So my conclusion is this- If you want the best and BBQ often then these lifetime charcoal baskets are a no-brainer.  If all you do is throw burgers on the grill occasionally you probably don’t even know what the charcoal baskets are for in which case the stock baskets would work out just fine.  Seeing as the charcoal baskets are such a large part of my BBQ routine these were at the very top of my BBQ wish list.  there are many BBQ accessories that are frivolous and end up being used once and then stuck in a drawer.  these get used about 85% of the time I fire up teh kettle.  no-Brainer purchase!