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