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Best Portable Charcoal Grill – You’re Gonna Want These!

The way I see it, the only thing stopping portable grills from gaining mass popularity is the lack of cooking space. Because, believe it or not, some of these portable grills cook food as good as any grill in the market today. Here’s my list of the very best portable charcoal grills (take a look here for the best portable gas grills):

1. Weber Jumbo Joe 18-Inch Portable Grill

Weber 1211001 Jumbo Joe 18-Inch Portable Grill

As far as portability goes, it doesn’t get any better than the Jumbo Joe, which is actually an updated version of the Smokey Joe. So what are the changes? Well, Weber’s well known bowl design is still there, but the Jumbo Joe is 18 inches in diameter vs 14 inches on the Smokey Joe, and the Jumbo Joe is a little heavier, at 17.80 pounds vs 10 pounds on the Smokey Joe. Weber have also fixed the rather annoying problem with the legs, so they’re not as flimsy, and easily bent as before. All in all, these are huge improvements, with the weight change being so small, it’s hardly noticeable. So what you end up with is a Performer Deluxe, you can just pick up and take out with you. Anyone whose experienced the splendour of food on the Performer Deluxe will know exactly how good that is. For a portable grill, there some excellent dampers and vents on this, and also you have a brilliant ash catcher for ease of cleaning, so it’s the whole package; a tremendous deal. Read Full Review…

 

2. Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill and Side Fire Box Review

Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill and Side Fire Box Review

The Firebox is your complete outdoor portable grilling experience, that ticks all boxes for portability. It’s only 39 pounds so can be transported easily, but it’s also made of very durable heavy steel, and has a massive 250 square inches of cooking space. It’s basically a large cylinder shape, on sturdy legs, with its standout feature being its glorious cast-iron grates. These grates are what makes it the ultimate outdoor camping grill, and they help you create some phenomenal steaks and ribs. If you have a table top Char-Griller, you can even attach the Firebox to it, making your own side firebox for beautiful Texas Style Smoking. There’s good heat control, and one thing people hate when camping is the cleaning process, but the Char-Griller ash-catcher makes cleaning a breeze. Read Full Review…

 

3. The Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill

Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill Review

Entering at number 3 the Sportsman, is a camper or tailgaters dream. Everything is simplified and easy. Its pre-seasoned so you don’t need to wash the cast-iron before use, and it also comes pre-assembled, so you’ll be able to grill straight away. At 31 pounds, the weight is within the portable range, there’s a very small footprint, and they’ve gone for shorter, thicker legs, instead of the slightly longer, thin and flimsy ones you see on some portables. This lends itself to greater durability. While it’s not a beautiful design, it’s functional, and heats up quickly, enabling evenly cooked excellent meats. You won’t be waiting around the campsite for dinner with the Lodge L410, as burgers can be done within 5 minutes. An all around excellent portable charcoal grill. Read Full Review…

 

4. Weber Go-Anywhere

Weber 1141001 Go-Anywhere Gas Grill ReviewWith the Go-Anywhere you literally pull it out of the car, flip out the legs, and get to grilling. It’s that simple, and when you’re done grilling, you just wipe the porcelain-enamel surface clean, close the lid, and take it home. You can literally ‘go anywhere’ which incidentally was the idea. While there have been some questions over how quickly it heats, a general rule with this grill is to place the charcoal in a heap, and it’ll heat up to full power in less than five minutes. Weber departed from the bowl design of their other portable grills, instead opting for box shape; but, it does roughly the same job, although the standard is not quite that of the Jumbo Joe, hence the number four slot. It is very reliable though, and will produce some amazing food. Read Full Review…

 

5. Coleman Sportster Table Top Charcoal Grill

Coleman Sportster Table Top Charcoal Grill ReviewThe legs fold up flat for easy storage, and it weighs a very impressive 17.8 pounds, so the Coleman enters the list on the back of a huge portability rating. But, that’s not enough alone, to make the top five; it also grills great meats on some pretty good steel grates. While the grates are pretty good however, they’re not what makes the Coleman Sportster special. It’s the ventilation that really stands out, and you have multiple temperature control options, so you’ll be able to grill meats exactly to your liking. Just because your out camping, that doesn’t mean your standards should slip right? There’s also 225 square inches of cooking space, and when your done cooking, flip the latch, close the lid and carry it away. This is a little box, that goes a long way to culinary camping bliss. Read Full Review…

 

Cheers Guys!

 

Updated: March 7, 2016 — 10:09 am

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Chris

Chris

I've enjoyed grilling and outdoor cooking since I first discovered them. Some of my first food memories are meals at neighborhood barbecue parties. I enjoy writing about grilling food and that's what I do on this site :)

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