Choosing between the Weber Genesis II and Spirit II Three Burner Grills

Making a purchasing decision on a quality can grill be difficult. Weber offers two very highly rated three burner grills. The premium models are in Weber’s Genesis II line of grills. The three burner Genesis II grills are the E-310 and E-315 models. For those looking to save a little money, Weber offers three burner grills in their Spirit II line. The Weber three burner Spirit II models are the E-310 and the Home Depot exclusive S-310.

Cook area difference between Weber Genesis II and Spirit II three burner grills

The Spirit II E-310 has 424 square inches of primary cooking space with an additional 105 square inches available on the warming rack.

The Genesis II E-310 has 513 square inches of primary cooking space and an additional 156 square inches available on the tuck-away warming rack.

Side by side, the Genesis II clearly has the advantage with 669 total square inches of cooking area compared to 529 total square inches available on the Spirit II 529. That makes the Genisis II about 20% larger overall. But in practical terms, what does this mean?

This blog post on the official Weber site says that the Genesis II three burner models will accommodate 12 hamburger patties. We have to assume this means they are grilling the patties, so the cook area provided by the warning rack is excluded. While I couldn’t find a burger patty capacity for the Spirit II, a little math reveals that you can expect to fit about 10 hamburger patties on a three burner Spirit II.

Advantage: Genesis II

Burner differences between Weber Genesis II and Spirit II three burner grills

While both grills offer three burners, there are differences in the design of the burners on the Spirit II and Genesis II models.

The Spirit II uses the stainless steel tubular burner design that you find on many grills today. For the Genesis II line, Weber went the extra mile and completely redesigned the burner to overcome some of the problems that occur with tubular burners.

Tubular design replacement burner for a Genesis II Spirit E-310.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Genesis II burners is the shape. Instead of round tubes, the burner in the Genesis II are more or less rectangular bars. Look a little closer and you will see that the burner bars are actually tapered to the end of their length.

Genesis II tapered grill burner with raised portholes.

This tapering was added to overcome a problem common with many tubular burners – uneven heating from end to end.

Advantage: Genesis II

What is the best wood for ribs?

The best wood for smoking ribs is really dependent on the type of ribs you are smoking. The flavor of beef ribs and pork ribs can can benefit from the use of different types of wood when smoking.

The best wood for smoking beef ribs

Beef, in general goes best with stronger flavored woods like oak, mesquite and hickory. Personally, I think oak is the perfect wood for beef of any kind, including ribs. The flavor of mesquite, which is excellent on cuts like brisket, can be a little overwhelming on cuts with more exposed surface area like beef short ribs.

The best wood for smoking pork ribs

When it comes to smoking pork ribs, you really can’t go wrong with hickory wood. Pork ribs can also benefit the addition of some from fruit woods such as apple, cherry or peach. You can blend hickory with small amounts of fruit woods to find the perfect combination to suit your tastes. The addition of fruit wood to a base of hickory gives you the opportunity to create unique flavors that can really accentuate the flavor of your pork ribs.

What is the best wood for smoking chicken?

Chicken and most other poultry is best smoked with fruit woods such as apple, cherry or peach. Other woods commonly used in smoking meat such as oak, hickory and mesquite can overpower the flavor of chicken. Fruit woods tend to provide a lighter, sweeter smoke that accents the flavor of chicken instead of overpowering it.

Apple wood is my usual choice for smoking chicken.

Of the available fruit woods, my typical go to is apple wood. It is typically the easiest fruit wood to find on store shelves or online. However, chicken is relatively inexpensive and it doesn’t hurt to experiment with different woods or combinations of wood. It is actually kind of fun to mix and match to find your own signature combinations.

For example, when preparing smoked chicken wings that will be sauced, I like to add a small amount of hickory to the apple wood to add a little extra smokey flavor. This extra flavor provided by the hint of hickory helps adds a little extra complex smokiness to wings that will be covered in BBQ or hot sauces.

BBQ Yeti’s Ultimate Father’s Day 2019 Gift Guide For Millennials

He endured a Wiggles Live stage show for you.


Not once did he pass judgment on you during your “emo” phase.


He opened his basement to you when your Batchelor of Arts with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology degree didn’t exactly lead to an abundance of job offers.

Father’s Day is right around the corner and BBQ Yeti is here with the Ultimate Father’s Day 2019 Gift Guide for the special father that was always there for you.

Father’s Day 2019 will be here on June 16th. It is never too early to start searching for that perfect gift. We have hand selected a list of gift ideas for that father in your life that is passionate about grilling and smoking meals for his family. We here at BBQ Yeti are fathers ourselves, so we can guarantee your Dad is going to love one of these gifts.

1. Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

Meathead Goldwyn is a BBQ legend. His website, AmazingRibs.com should be a bookmark for anyone wanting to understand about all of the tools and techniques for outdoor cooking. In this book you get a ton of Goldwyn’s knowledge that your Dad can leisurely read around the house. Not content with just creating a book of recipes, Goldwyn’s book also delves into the science involved in outdoor cooking. As an added bonus, this hardcover book looks great on a coffee table.

2. YETI Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler

Let’s face it, grilling burgers and brats over an open flame during those hot summer months can be challenging. The key is to stay hydrated. With this YETI tumbler, your Dad can fill it with an ice cold beverage and be sure it’s going to stay cold – even in the toughest conditions. YETI products are known for their quality and this tumbler is no different.

3. Alpha Grillers Heavy Duty BBQ Grilling Tools Set

Sure your father already has some cheap mismatched grill tools around the house, but he doesn’t have a quality set like these. Forged from high quality stainless steel, these tools are designed to last for decades. Other Dad’s on the block are bound to be jealous when they see your Dad rocking this set of master grade grilling tools.

4. Hudson Professional Grade Chef’s Apron

This is an apron made made for a father who loves to BBQ for his family. This is a heavy duty apron made of thick machine-washable cotton material is built to last. It has four pockets which make it the perfect solution for that age old problem “Now where did I put my meat thermometer!?” Most importantly, this apron available in five colors to complement Dad’s favorite Hawaiian shirt.

5. The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauce Sampler Pack

I recieved this gift pack of hot sauces from my parents last Christmas. It was a fantastic gift. The sauces are creatively packaged to look like a bundle of TNT. Very fitting for the explosive flavor contained inside! I haven’t found a sauce in the sampler that I haven’t liked. If your Dad likes to walk on the spicy side from time to time, this sauce gift pack is an absolutely incredible gift.

6. Everyday Barbecue: At Home with America’s Favorite Pitmaster

This book by America’s winningest Pitmaster has a different twist than many of the books on the market. Everyday Barbecue challenges the notion that good homemade BBQ is only something for holidays or special occasions. The book includes techniques and recipes that streamline the process and make BBQ a viable option for your families normal meal planning. If your Dad loves barbecue, but has limited free time, Everyday BBQ will equip him with great BBQ ideas that will fit into his busy schedule.

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