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Portable Grills That Go the Distance: The Best Portable Grills of 2019

…outdoor adventure. Here is a short list of some of our favorites. The Best Portable Grills of 2019 1. Weber Jumbo Joe 18-Inch Charcoal Grill If you’re in the market for a grill that’s always up for a road trip, you couldn’t do better than the Weber Jumbo Joe. Built like its big brothers, this portable kettle grill (18.5 inches in diameter and 240 square inches of grate space) can accommodate enough food to serve eight, making it one of the most co…


The Best Portable Grills of 2019

…Happily, there are many portable grills on the market (charcoal- or wood-burning, propane, and even electric) that can assure the culinary success of your outdoor adventure. Here is a short list of some of our favorites….


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Buying a Grill or Smoker? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself

…ze and ease of set-up are important considerations. There are several good portable grills on the market. Check out Coleman’s RoadTrip LXE, a 2-burner propane grill that gets high marks from tailgaters, or Mini Big Green Egg, or Weber’s Q or Jumbo Joe charcoal grills. How much space can I dedicate to a grill or smoker? Unless you have a large patio or backyard, the grill’s footprint will influence your buying decision. Kettle grills, water smokers…


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New Kid on the Block: Pellet Grills

…ght for you? Here are their advantages and drawbacks: Advantages of Pellet Grills Pellet grills are versatile. You can barbecue, smoke, roast, grill (sort of—more on that below), and even bake or braise in a pellet grill. At BBQ University, we have used them to cook everything from crisp chicken wings to braised short ribs to smoked pork chile verde and crème brulee. Like gas grills, pellet grills preheat fast (10 to 15 minutes). The design discou…


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Before You Buy: Answers to Your Questions About Pellet Grills

…iller grill marks when laid on top of the pellet grill grate.   Are pellet grills portable? Some manufacturers have added “portable”  pellet grill models to their lines, but these sometimes weigh 50 pounds or more. Definitely not for backpackers. More importantly, all pellet grills rely on electricity to power their digital controller, ignition system, and the augur that delivers pellets to the burn pot. They can be powered with car or boat batter…


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8 Things You May Not Know About Z Grills’ 700 Series Pellet Grills

…and much more.   2. Convenient Prep Times Beat Traditional Grills Like gas grills, pellet grills preheat fast (10 to 15 minutes). This means you’ll spend less time preparing the grill and more time getting down to the cook! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dVhjFeq_tU&feature=youtu.be   3. Smoke Flavors are Subtle from Pellets (With a Variety of Options!) You can’t usually over-smoke food on a pellet grill. The smoke flavor is more subtle than the…


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Essential Tailgating Grills and Equipment for the Best Tailgate Food

…Joe Gold Charcoal Grill This is one of America’s favorite “grab it and go” portable grills, just the thing when your party is small or you need extra grill space. With 240 inches of cooking space on its stainless steel grill grate, the Jumbo Joe is best-suited for direct grilling. A wire bale secures the lid. Weighs less than 18 pounds. GCI Slim Fold Outdoor Cook Station An outdoor kitchen needs flat spots—a place to accumulate barbecue tools, hol…


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A Gazeteer of the World’s Great Grills

…ed as an indoor grill in northeastern Italy. Hibachi: One of world’s great portable grills, featuring a metal bowl or box (often cast iron) with a grate of the same material. (Hi means “fire” in Japanese; bachi, means “bowl” or “pot.”) Infrared grill: For people who crave a steakhouse-quality char on meats grilled at home. That is to say, a gas grill with propane-heated ceramic honeycomb burners, which enables you to attain temperatures of up to 1…


Shopping For a New Grill

…2003 when that book was published, infrared grills and hybrid, multi-fuel grills—grills that can cook with a charcoal, wood, gas, and infrared—have also appeared in the marketplace. In a nutshell, infrared grills use a gas-fired ceramic mesh or plate to generate the heat and they burn hot. Real hot. Screaming hot. Like 800 to 1000 degrees. Today, many grills have infrared burners. They’re great for searing and putting a steakhouse-quality char on…


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Crash Course: The 6 Major Types of Grills

…. You could group them by fuel, for example: charcoal grills, wood-burning grills, gas grills. You could organize them by region of origin—the grills of South America, for example, or Southeast Asia. But the most useful way, from a griller’s point of view, is by the configuration of the fire and where to place the food for cooking. This is what determines at what temperature and how quickly the food will grill. Understanding and controlling these…