The Weber Smokey Joe was first introduced in 1955. Retailing for $12.95, the “New Smokey Joe” was Weber’s first entry into portable, tabletop grills. With a kettle diameter of 14.5 inches, it was small enough to take camping or to the beach, a key feature for Americans that were becoming increasingly mobile. The 1955 model SJ-100 had a offset metal handle, removable tripod legs, and “Flavor Control Features” – marketing speak for the daisy wheel vent in both the bowl and lid. The name “Smokey Joe” is a Weber legend. Apparently, back in the day George Stephen and others from Weber used to hang out in a cozy bar near Chicago. Their favorite bartender was named Joe and the Smokey Joe was named after him.