When George Stephen, founder of Weber-Stephen Products Co., designed his first kettle-shaped barbecue grill in 1951, he sparked a backyard revolution. Tired of complaining about flat, open braziers that exposed his food to wind, ashes, and charring flare-ups, he decided to put a lid on it–literally.
At the time, George worked at Weber Brothers Metal Works outside of Chicago, welding large metal spheres together to make buoys. It was in these very spheres that his idea took shape. He knew a rounded cooking bowl with a lid was the key to success. He added three legs to the bottom, a handle to the top, and took the oddity home. The neighbors called it Sputnik and had a good laugh–and a taste of deliciously grilled steak.
Suddenly George’s “folly” was in such hot demand he couldn’t make them fast enough. The popular kettle shape quickly became an American icon for food and fun. In 1985, Weber began producing the highly rated Genesis gas grill, offering consumers the convenience of gas grilling without sacrificing flavor. Today, every Weber grill comes equipped with a legacy of caring.
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