George Stephen
The man behind the kettle

Grill master, inventor, and father of 12. His love of barbecue was almost as big as his love of life.

1952 Born from a buoy.

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.

  • 1952 Weber Kettle created
  • 1956 George redesigns the kettle to look more like today‚Äôs iconic shape
  • 1957 Weber Brothers Metal Works acquired by George Stephen.