Weber’s Summit Charcoal Series hits with mouthwatering features, big price tag

Weber is one of the most established names in the grilling industry, thanks to its long running line of smokers and charcoal cookers. It recently introduced the Summit Series, a high-end group of products for chefs looking to go beyond a basic setup. With brands like Treager introducing new tech-laden grills, it’s no surprise that Webber is making its own push into the upper echelon of this category.

The Summit Charcoal Grill features a 24-inch cook top and can be customized to smoke, grill or char your food to exact specifications. Dubbed a “gourmet BBQ system”, Weber isn’t holding back on this backyard beauty.

At its core, Weber’s Summit Charcoal Grill is an amped up version of its more budget-friendly cookers. Its interchangeable five-in-one system doesn’t come cheap, however. The grill itself has an introductory price of $1,699 and that’s before any of the Gourmet BBQ System (GBS) accessories are accounted for. We’ll get to those add-ons shortly.

The grill has the same iconic shape that you’d come to expect from Weber. But it differs from the classic charcoal cookers in a few key ways. While this model still uses the old-school fuel that many BBQ’ers swear by, it does pack a gas ignition system that cuts down on the mess and potentially troubling start up.

Highlights on the base model start with a 24-inch cooktop and a heavy forged steel grate system. At nearly $1,700, you’d hope that Weber is opting for tough, high-end materials, and that seems to be the case.

It ships with the standard grate cooktop like most grills, but it’s the additional GBS add-ons that have really caught our eye. Swapping out these tops is hardly a new phenomenon as other brands have already adapted this type of accessory. There is a wide selection of GBS cook systems that can be used, depending on your meal, such as pizza, wok, griddle and more. Each of these retail for around $39.

Weber’s unique Summit Grill is capable of handling just about any outdoor meal you can throw at it. Whether it’s low and slow, or a line of burgers and hotdogs, you’re covered here. The main question is, are buyers ready to pony up $1,699 when there are plenty of other more cost-effective options on the market. Only time will tell but we’re certain that the Weber-faithful will be longing after this release.

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