With the New Year come and gone, many of us may have resolved to become better cooks while some of us just want to cook better barbecue this year. Whatever the reason, you need a good grill to produce above average barbecue. Mediocre equipment tend to cook your meat unevenly or worse, burn it. Whether you're looking for a small gas grill, good value for your dollar, or simply the best barbecue of 2015, look no further. Here are some of the best portables this year:
Best Value Grill: Charcoal
Ask any barbecue enthusiast what the best value and they'll have the same answer: the Weber 10020. What makes this little Smokey Joe so great? For starters, the 10020 retails at about $30. The price alone may make some question this beauties quality, but you can be assured that the quality is top-notch. Many of us got our start with this fine little charcoal masterpiece. It doesn't matter if you are headed to tailgate, camping, or cooking for the family out back. This Weber has a glass reinforced nylon handle that stays cool as you're cooking your meat. The cooking grate measures 14 1/2 inches, which allows you to cook up to six burgers at once. It was meant to be used outdoors, and as such, was designed with a porcelain-enameled coating to endure the elements. If the price hasn't won you over, perhaps the 10 year warranty will.
- One of the longest running best portables around
- Light weight and easy to transport
- Drip pan included
- Will sear your steaks
- No lid lock
- Holes on bottom can become clogged restricting airflow
Best Small Gas Grill 2015
Most propane gas grills are large and space-consuming, but Cuisinart managed to create a small and portable gas cook top. This little propane marvel is the best choice for families who like to cook as they travel. For you bachelors, this unit is an essential tailgate party tool. You'll be able to cook up to eight burners or steaks at once with the 145 square-inch heated area that's offered. The CCG-180T features a folding table base which allows for it to be carried around like a suitcase. Getting this thing fired up is as easy as unlocking the legs, plugging in the propane tank, and turning the control knob. My personal favorite feature is how the gas tank was designed to be plugged in; no more worrying about it falling off from awkward positioning. Despite its petite size, you'll find that its one burner has more than enough power to thoroughly cook meat and vegetables.
- Folding Legs
- Large cook surface
- Locking lid
- Good heat compared to similar sized products
- Harder to maintain consistent heat in windy conditions
- Legs can be stubborn especially if left outside for longer periods of time
Best Indoor Outdoor Grill
Don't laugh. I know visions of late night TV is in your head right now. This electric cooker by George Foreman is one of the most versatile bbqs on the market. The GGR80B is an electric and performs equally well indoors and outdoors. You can choose to use it on a pedestal that it comes with if you're outdoors, or on your counter-top if you're indoors. Like all electrics, this unit heats up in a matter of seconds. Grease is never easy or fun to clean up. The GGR50B features a sloping grate base that draws grease away so you can just toss it out after you're done cooking. It is incredibly versatile, is easy to set-up, easy to clean, and evenly cooks your meat like a pro. It's not hard to see why we think this is one of the most versatile, and low cost of 2015.
- Grate designed to pull fat away
- Adjustable electric heat
- Easy assembly
- Can be used indoor and outdoor
- Drip pan can overfill depending on what you are cooking
- Works best on even surface
This is your year to make unforgettable barbecue. Don't settle for a sub-par; you'll never achieve the results you want. These are tried-and-true and will open up a new world of barbecue.
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