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Slow ‘N Sear Travel Kettle Grill Reviewed And Rated

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Max Good

SnS Grills, aka Slow ‘N Sear, continues to expand their catalog with a new, portable 18″ Charcoal Grill called the Travel Kettle. Whether stationed on a small patio, cruising in your RV, or on the go to a weekend cabin rental, this platinum medal grill deserves consideration.

MSRP:$180

Published On: 8/8/2022 Last Modified: 8/25/2022

Green Mountain Grills TREK Review

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Bill McGrath

The Green Mountain Grills TREK is a portable pellet cooker that is small and light enough to use for tailgating but large and sturdy enough for the back patio, too. Well-constructed and with excellent documentation, it is an excellent choice for a portable smoker and earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$349

Published On: 1/6/2022 Last Modified: 4/7/2022

Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review

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Max Good

Self described as “small but mighty” the new PKGO is beautiful, elegant, clever, effective, and versatile, yet a little pricey for a small, portable charcoal grill. Nonetheless, with PKGO, you get what you pay for, and that means top quality. We say, “Go Man Go”, to PKGO and award it our top, Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$399.99

Published On: 12/9/2020 Last Modified: 9/20/2022

Blackstone 17″ Tabletop Griddle Review

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Max Good

Need an inexpensive, no fuss, portable cooking surface? Welcome to short order cooking on the go. Blackstone’s popular 17″ Tabletop Griddle is great for camping, tailgating and RV use. Most people who buy this “liddle” griddle love it. We reviewed this model and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$100.00

Published On: 9/18/2018 Last Modified: 4/26/2021

Pit Barrel Junior Review

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Max Good

Pit Barrel Junior is a smaller version of the popular Pit Barrel Cooker charcoal smoker. Both are designed to produce a cooking environment in which one temperature fits all. This AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winning smoker is one of the more impressive products we’ve tested and reviewed.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 12/21/2017 Last Modified: 7/17/2022

Portable Kitchen PK360 Grill and Smoker Review

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Max Good

PK360 takes all the great elements of the classic 1952 PK, improves the design, beefs up construction and delivers one beautiful charcoal grill. We tested and reviewed this classic, versatile charcoal grill and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king.

MSRP:$999.99

Published On: 3/26/2017 Last Modified: 9/20/2022

Broil King Keg 5000 Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed the Broil King Keg. It’s not a fragile ceramic kamado, but an insulated steel kamado for less money. Originally The Bubba Keg, then The Big Steel Keg until bought by Onward Mfg. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is loaded with extras. An optional trailer hitch let’s you easily transport Keg 5000.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 2/15/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

CanCooker Original Review

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Max Good

Read our review about this upgraded riff on the old practice of slow cooking meat and veggies in a cream can. CanCooker receives our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. The CanCooker Original has a four gallon capacity and is said to feed up to 20. Great for hunters, campers and tailgaters. Just throw it right on an open wood fire and start cooking!

MSRP:$90.00

Published On: 2/9/2015 Last Modified: 3/12/2021

Blackstone 36″ Griddle Cooking System Review

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Max Good

The Blackstone 36″ Griddle Cooking Station is an interesting, low cost, large capacity, portable cook top. Griddles are different from grills and we love our open flames, but boy oh boy….people who own these are nuts about them! And so are we. Check out our review to find why this fun cooker earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$300.00

Published On: 11/26/2014 Last Modified: 3/12/2021

Napoleon TravelQ 285X with Cart Review

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Max Good

Napoleon’s new TravelQ TQ285X is one impressive little clam shell style portable gasser, with some unique features not found from competitors. We reviewed it and award this tailgater our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. The fold out scissor cart is one of the most solid versions we’ve seen.

MSRP:$450.00

Published On: 8/26/2014 Last Modified: 3/12/2021

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this solid portable gas grill that employs Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design. It produces searing temps while preventing flare-ups and retaining foods moisture. Grill2Go earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. Heavy cast aluminum lid and firebox will not rust and will retain heat much better than thin steel.

MSRP:$140.00

Published On: 9/9/2013 Last Modified: 9/11/2022

Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Grills Review

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Max Good

Nothing fancy, just a compact version of one of the greatest inventions in history: the iconic charcoal kettle grill that made Weber famous. We reviewed this popular little tailgater and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. It weighs 18 pounds and has a “Tuck and Carry Lid Holder” for easy transport.

MSRP:$38

Published On: 2/21/2013 Last Modified: 9/23/2021

Portable Kitchen Grill aka PK Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review to find out why PK Grill owners have been in love since 1952. We tested this classic AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winning grill. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king. It has thick aluminum construction that retains and radiates heat, tight fitting hinged lid and the twin dampers in both the top and bottom.

MSRP:$499.99

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 9/20/2022

Meadow Creek BBQ26 Review

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Meathead

Our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal goes to Meadow Creek’s BBQ26. Read our review of this unique grill; designed for fast and hot grilling, there is no better way to cook chickens than flipping them with Meadow Creek’s double sided grates. Though it looks like a simple black box, it is really a killer tailgater in disguise.

MSRP:$600

Published On: 2/14/2013 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Weber Traveler Review

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Max Good

If you need a large portable gasser for camping, tailgating or just grilling around town on the weekend, Traveler is a very good choice. There are both less expensive and more expensive cart models, placing Traveler somewhere in a mid-price range. Quality construction and Weber’s excellent customer service merit every penny. Read our review to find out why we give Traveler our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$349

Published On: 4/19/2021 Last Modified: 11/29/2021

Burch Barrel Review

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

Our Burch Barrel Review shows it’s not your Grandpa’s Cowboy Cooker. It blends an open fire camp grill with a vertical lift Argentine style mechanism. It is well-built, versatile, unique and a ton of fun to use. That’s why it wins our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$985

Published On: 1/11/2021 Last Modified: 11/29/2021

Camp Chef Explorer EX60LW Review

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Max Good

We reviewed Camp Chef’s Explorer EX60LW which is one of their most popular outdoor cooking systems. Two powerful 30,000 BTU cast aluminum burners with wind screens on three sides and adjustable height legs for set-up on uneven surfaces provides plenty of BBQ fire power and earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$171.00

Published On: 9/30/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Son of Hibachi Combo Kit Review

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Max Good

Son of Hibachi is two small Hibachi Grills connected with hinges that can be folded together then zipped up in a heat resistant carrying case for exceptional portability. Moreover the unique design makes starting charcoal a snap. Read our review to learn why we give this clever tailgating cooker our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$100.00

Published On: 9/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Weber Go-Anywhere Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Weber’s Go-Anywhere Portable Charcoal Grill has been copied by other manufacturers, but as usual, no one does it better. Read our review to find out why most owners of this grill are nuts about it. And so are we, giving it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. This little grill is also available in a gas model.

MSRP:$55.00

Published On: 9/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Weber Go-Anywhere Portable Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Weber’s Go-Anywhere Portable Gas Grill has been copied by other manufacturers, but as usual, no one does it better. Read our review to learn why most owners of this grill are nuts about it. And so are we, giving it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. This little grill is also available in a charcoal model.

MSRP:$70.00

Published On: 9/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Weber Jumbo Joe Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Nothing fancy, just a compact version of the charcoal kettle grill that made Weber famous. We reviewed this popular little tailgater and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. It weighs 18 pounds and has a “Tuck and Carry Lid Holder” for easy transport.

MSRP:$89

Published On: 2/21/2013 Last Modified: 8/3/2022

Pitmaker MVP Tailgater BBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Portable charcoal/wood grill mounted on a trailer hitch. Based on Pitmaker’s cabinet smoker designs with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber on top. We give our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to this tough little cooker. The relatively large cook chamber has plenty of headroom for big cuts, like pork shoulders.

MSRP:$795.00

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Weber Q 2000 and 2200 Gas Grills Review

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Max Good

Our Q 2000 and 2200 review of Weber’s large portable gas grills with 280 square inches of cook surface and a single 12,000 BTU stainless steel burner. These portables, originally called Baby Q, were a hit coming out of the gate and receive our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medals.

MSRP:$279.00

Published On: 11/12/2012 Last Modified: 3/6/2021

Weber Q 1000 and 1200 Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

We reviewed Weber’s Q 1000 and 1200 large portable gas grills with 189 square inches of cook surface and a single 8,500 BTU stainless steel burner. These portables, originally called Baby Q, were a hit coming out of the gate and receive our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medals.

MSRP:$189.00

Published On: 11/9/2012 Last Modified: 3/6/2021

BBQube Kamado Go 275

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Bill McGrath

The BBQube Kamado Go 275 is a portable charcoal-fired The BBQube Kamado Go 275 is a portable charcoal-fired smoker/grill that will appeal to tailgaters and backyard chefs who want a dual-purpose cooker that can operate off the grid. Read our review. Kamado Go earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 5/12/2020 Last Modified: 7/28/2022

The Otto Grill Original Review

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Max Good

Otto Grill is tailor made for searing. That’s also why this grill is perfect for any thin food that cooks through fast, such as skirt steaks, fish fillets, shrimp and veggies. Our tests and review demonstrate how Otto grills up these foods beautifully in the blink of an eye. It cooks blazingly fast, is a fantastic sear machine, and useful pizza oven.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 6/1/2019 Last Modified: 3/30/2021

GoBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Constructed of flame resistant, silicone coated, fiberglass fabric, GoBQ rolls up and fits in a backpack or over your shoulder on a carrying strap. Read our review. It’s not for everyone, but if you value extreme mobility, you may be willing to work around its shortcomings. GoBQ earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$150.00

Published On: 7/14/2018 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Kudu Grill Review

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Max Good

Kudu is a fire bowl with adjustable height cook surfaces that position foods closer or further from the fire. Inspired by South African Braais, or BBQ gatherings, and similar to a number of fire bowl cookers already on the market. Many really like their Kudus. We reviewed Kudu and gave it our AmazingingRibs.com Best Silver Medal.

MSRP:$500.00

Published On: 7/3/2018 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Cuisinart Petite Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

The Cuisinart Petite Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill is Portable with a capital P! Small and lightweight the design favors style and mobility over performance. We tested and reviewed this little portable and found it got plenty hot for searing. This attractive, lightweight portable earns our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$130.00

Published On: 9/29/2017 Last Modified: 2/25/2021

Red Box Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed Red Box and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. A similar version of this portable charcoal smoker was previously offered by the venerable Backwoods Smokers as their Patio model. Since the 1980s Backwoods has made top quality smokers for home, catering and competition.

MSRP:$425.00

Published On: 10/1/2016 Last Modified: 2/25/2021

Old Smokey Charcoal Grill #18 Medium Review

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Max Good

The Old Smokey Charcoal Grill #18 Medium is a drum shaped charcoal grill that’s been around since 1953. Read our review of this antique design. There’s something here to love, but is it just nostalgia? Be that as it may, many owners are nuts about their Old Smokeys earning our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. AmazingRibs.com.

MSRP:$70

Published On: 8/26/2015 Last Modified: 6/15/2021

Cabela’s 7 in 1 Cooker/Smoker Review

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Max Good

Cabelas’s 7 in 1 Cooker/Smoker is made by Masterbuilt and is identical to Masterbuilt’s 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill. It can use gas or charcoal as fuel. It converts into a brazier or a tripod for boiling water or deep frying. Versatility offsets the light weight construction earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$200.00

Published On: 12/5/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Coleman Roadtrip Grill LXE Review

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Max Good

Read our review of the Coleman Roadtrip LXE which is a two-burner portable gas grill on a fold-up cart. The two 10,000 BTU burners have a unique round design. They are covered by an oval heat diffuser that evens out heat across the coated cast iron grates and sizzles drippings to flavor foods. Our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal goes to LXE.

MSRP:$190.00

Published On: 9/25/2014 Last Modified: 7/12/2022

Lodge Sportsman’s Grill Review

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Max Good

Our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal goes to the Lodge Sportsman’s Grill cast iron hibachi. We reviewed Sportsman. Even though the seasoned cast iron needs regular maintenance, most owners are crazy about this little grill and love it for camping, BBQ tailgating, picnics and patio use.

MSRP:$145.00

Published On: 9/16/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 14″ Review

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Max Good

The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 14″ is a small version of their popular 18″ charcoal smoker. Read our review. WSMs are high quality, AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winning, charcoal fueled, bullet-shaped smokers. They are often seen competing head to head with large commercial cookers at practically every competition.

MSRP:$219.00

Published On: 4/21/2014 Last Modified: 8/23/2022

Volcano 3 Collapsible Grill Review

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Max Good

The Volcano 3 Collapsible Grill has a unique design that enables it to compress from 17″ height down to 5″ for easy storage and transport. Take it out of the storage bag and pop it open. When finished, the whole unit retracts back to fit in the carrying case. Pretty neat! We reviewed this cool cooker and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$160.00

Published On: 9/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Orion Cooker Review

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Meathead

We tested and reviewed this clever and unusual design. Well, maybe it isn’t that unusual. It is really a hi-tech variation on the cowboy method of cooking in a Dutch oven where the pot sits on coals and coals sit on top of the pot. Orion excels at keeping meat moist and cooking fast., earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$169.00

Published On: 3/19/2013 Last Modified: 4/29/2021

Cook-Air Wood Burning Grill Review

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Meathead

This is one of the coolest grills we’ve tested and reviewed. Although it can cook anything, the unique design makes it a dedicated searing machine. It’s the ultimate lean mean steak machine. We award this Tasmanian heat devil our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$149.00

Published On: 2/12/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Grill Dome Infinity Series Small Review

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Max Good

Grill Dome is known for their beautiful kamados offered in a variety of colors. We reviewed Grill Dome and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The ceramic is Grill Dome’s own creation, called Terapex, which they claim is more durable than traditional ceramic and retains the finish over time.

MSRP:$600.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Mini Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

As the name indicates, Big Green Egg’s Mini Kamado is their smallest model. Big Green Egg popularized kamado cookers in the USA. We reviewed Big Green Egg and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They are mighty good, but many new comers to the kamado market are giving them stiff competition.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Traeger PTG Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

There aren’t many portable pellet smokers and the PTG (Portable Traeger Grill) is the smallest we’ve reviewed. With 169 square inches of cook surface and about 6 inches of head room, cooking possibilities are limited. Still this unique little cooker has some useful applications and earns our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$299.99

Published On: 1/16/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Weber Q 2400 Electric Grill Review

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Max Good

Weber electric grills get pretty hot so we award them our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. Our review describes Q 2400’s two aluminum heat retention liners that prevent heat from escaping. Additionally, the conductive properties of coated cast iron grates on all Q models help produce good sear marks.

MSRP:$349.00

Published On: 11/9/2012 Last Modified: 3/6/2021

Weber Q 1400 Electric Grill Review

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Max Good

We reviewed the Q 1400, Weber’s small, portable electric grill. These Q electrics get hotter than many other brands. Weber attributes this to two interior, aluminum heat retention liners that prevent heat from escaping. Also, the conductive properties of coated cast iron grates on all Q models help make tasty sear marks.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 11/9/2012 Last Modified: 3/6/2021

FireDisc 36″ Red Review

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Max Good

FireDisc claims this device is, “the most versatile outdoor grill in the market today”. We tested and reviewed it. Yes it is a metal surface with a gas burner that will cook whatever you place on it, but it is really not a grill or WOK. It is a Northern Mexican Discada earning our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$400.00

Published On: 4/29/2015 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

Southern Country 2 in 1 Water Smoker and Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

The Southern Country 2 in 1 Water Smoker and Charcoal Grill, as the name indicates, can be used as a bullet style water smoker, or converted to a “lock and go” portable grill. We reviewed this clever design which allows you to place the lid on the base and turn clockwise until it locks. We give it our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$80.00

Published On: 12/3/2014 Last Modified: 2/23/2021

Char-Broil Table Top Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Char-Broil’s Table Top Gas Grill is a burner in a box. Read our review. Lightweight and inexpensive with a single, 11,000 BTU burner that is fueled by 16.4 oz. or 14.1 oz. propane cylinders. Lightweight is the operative word which is good for portability, not so good for durability. We give it our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$29.99

Published On: 9/9/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

BODUM FYRKAT Picnic Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review. BODUM’s FYRKAT Picnic Charcoal Grill is a small, portable kettle with a cool look, available in bright red and lime green. 15 inch diameter and 5.6 pound weight make it slightly smaller than the far superior Weber Smoky Joe which we unequivocally recommend over this product.

MSRP:$80.00

Published On: 4/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Aussie 4106 Swinger Square Utility Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Aussies are great for searing burgers, but not so much for roasting larger cuts, or cooking over a long duration. They have a very shallow lid, little air control and no ash removal system. We reviewed this model and awarded our Bronze Medal. Great portability, but limited for cooking capability.

MSRP:$89.99

Published On: 2/15/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Char-Griller Table Top Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Although these grills are popular and inexpensive, read our review to learn why we suggest you consider Weber’s Jumbo Joe Portable Grill instead. Weber’s superior construction provides much better heat control. It has almost the same amount of cook surface, costs less, and will last forever.

MSRP:$100.00

Published On: 12/3/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Cobb Premier Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Meathead

The Cobb Premier Portable Charcoal Grill is a unique, versatile, stainless steel cooker that claims to do it all. Weighing just 8 pounds and needing only 8 charcoal briquettes to cook for 3 hours, Cobb Premier can grill, smoke, boil, fry or bake. Read our review, however, to learn why we don’t recommend it.

MSRP:$150.00

Published On: 9/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Blowin’ Smoke Cookers Gameday

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Max Good

Blowin’ Smoke’s Gameday is a big trailer smoker for pitmasters with big aspirations. Read our review of this big boy. The 60 inch long smoke box is separated into two sections and the large section is big enough for a whole hog. Blowin’ Smoke adds a charcoal grill on the front and a gas burner on the back for a fry pot.

MSRP:$3775.00

Published On: 6/4/2020 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Mike’s Vertical Grill Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this interesting and unique cube shaped grill that loads charcoal in the left and right double walled sides. Meats are clamped in a grill basket, and then inserted in a slot that runs between the two walls of charcoal where both sides are cooked simultaneously, decreasing cook times and eliminating flipping.

MSRP:$249.00

Published On: 9/12/2014 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

Bayou Classic Fold and Go Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review to learn why we don’t recommend Bayou Classic’s Fold and Go Portable Charcoal Grill. Although lightweight and easy to carry, unfortunately the lightness is achieved by using thin flimsy construction. If you don’t mind schlepping around something a little bigger and heavier you can do better.

MSRP:$55.00

Published On: 9/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review. These small grills are searing machines that can sizzle steaks, burgers and shrimp, but lack the ability to perform at low to moderate temperatures. With only 155 square inches of cook surface, you’ll pay a lot for a little grill, but if searing steak while traveling light is your wish, Solaire will oblige.

MSRP:$389.00

Published On: 9/10/2013 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Napoleon Travel Q Portable Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Napoleon’s Travel Q Portable Gas Grill folds up and can easily be carried by integrated handles that also act as a latch to keep the lid shut during transport. They are virtually identical to the Iroda O-Grills. We reviewed both brands. They are marketed for camping, tailgating, picnics, beach parties, apartment decks and balconies.

MSRP:$199.00

Published On: 9/10/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Crown Verity Tailgate BBQ Grill tg-1 Review

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Max Good

Read our Crown Verity review. Tow this crowd pleasing 6-burner beast where you like. With almost 1000 square inches of cook surface and a large 46″ x 21″ hood this baby is feast capable and can even handle a whole hog.

MSRP:$11000.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Iroda O-Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Pro-Iroda O-Grills; a line of stylish portable gas cookers that fold up and can easily be carried by integrated handles that also act as a latch to keep the lid shut during transport. These suitcase size grills are marketed for camping, tailgating, picnics, beach parties, apartment decks and balconies.

MSRP:$189.95

Published On: 12/6/2012 Last Modified: 3/5/2021

Green Mountain Davy Crockett Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Green Mountain’s Davy Crockett. Green Mountain describes their small portable smoker as the Ultimate Tailgater Pellet Grill. It’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it smoker to their BBQ arsenal. We tested Davy Crockett and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$329.00

Published On: 6/19/2014 Last Modified: 6/2/2022

GoGalley Eagle 100 Grill Review

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Meathead

Packed with innovation, this AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winner is the best rig we’ve tested for tailgating or camping. All-in-one mobile grill, smoker/oven and fryer, on a trailer hitch. It is not cheap at about $2,000, but it is a bargain for what it has under the hood and what it does.

MSRP:$1395.00

Published On: 2/27/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Broil King Keg Review

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Max Good

We tested the Broil King Keg. It’s not a fragile ceramic kamado, but an insulated steel kamado for less money. Originally The Bubba Keg, then The Big Steel Keg until bought by Onward Mfg. This AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winner is loaded with extras. An optional trailer hitch let’s you easily transport the BKK.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill Fryer

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Max Good

The Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill Fryer is one of the more versatile, unique and fun compact portable cookers we’ve tested. It’s a 360 degree party with an Infrared Grill, Griddle and Warming Tray wrapped around a Fry Pot.

MSRP:$250.00

Published On: 6/20/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Masterbuilt 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill Review

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Max Good

You gotta love the versatility and price of Masterbuilt’s M7P 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill. It can use either gas or charcoal as fuel. It converts into a brazier or a tripod for boiling water or deep frying. Versatility offsets the light weight construction earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$180.00

Published On: 3/28/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Char-Broil CB500X Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

If you just need a large portable charcoal grill that will last a few years, the CB500X deserves your attention. It has a couple of nice features we like.

MSRP:$154.99

Published On: 2/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/14/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers TG-300 Review

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Max Good

TG-300 is the smallest smoker in Louisiana Grill’s Country Smokers line. The tabletop body has short legs and no wheels. At 26.5″ H x 36.5″ W x 19.5″ D weighing 94 pounds it is big enough to smoke a turkey and small enough to transport in a truck or van. Our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal goes to this tailgater.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 1/21/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Party King Varsity Swing ‘N Smoke Varsity PKG VJV-6412 Package Review

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Meathead

Party King’s Varsity SWING ‘N Smoke is a single burner gas grill mounted on a steel arm attached to your trailer hitch. The arm swings out and an adjustable stand folds down for added support and stability. We tested this model and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Bronze Medal

MSRP:$642.00

Published On: 9/10/2014 Last Modified: 1/25/2022

Party King SWING ‘N Smoke MVP Hitch Mount Swing Out Grill Review

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Meathead

Party King’s SWING ‘N Smoke MVP Grills are their most popular models consisting of a 3-burner gas grill mounted on a steel arm attached to your trailer hitch. The arm swings out and an adjustable stand folds down for added support and stability. We tested a smaller model and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal

MSRP:$829.00

Published On: 9/15/2013 Last Modified: 1/25/2022

Brinkmann Roadmaster Review

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Max Good

The Brinkmann Roadmaster is their Dual Function Charcoal/Gas Smoker and Grill on wheels. We don’t care for these combo side-by-side grills. That said, if you want a grill on a trailer, you’ll be hard pressed to find a package like this for $1000. We give this our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$1000.00

Published On: 4/5/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Go Grill Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

With no lid or dampers to control heat, the Brinkmann Go Grill Portable Charcoal Grill is only suitable for thin meats that cook fast like burgers and steaks. If that’s all you plan on cooking, the 17″ diameter chrome plated steel grate provides a fairly large cooking surface

MSRP:$30.00

Published On: 9/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Holland Companion Portable Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Holland Gas Grills are outdoor ovens that will bake your chicken, fish and sausage with no fear (or hope?) of charring. Be sure to bring a bag of chips because cook times are longer with Holland.

MSRP:$269.00

Published On: 9/10/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Element Portable Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

This small Element Portable Grill has been discontinued, but it is still available from many retailers. It is an interesting, very stylish, lightweight cooker that folds up like a briefcase for easy transport. Various tech blogs have referred Element as “the iPhone of grills”.

MSRP:$149.99

Published On: 12/6/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Char-Broil Grill2Go Ice Realtree Portable Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

On paper this discontinued system looked good. But true to Char-Broil form, for everyone who loved the Grill2Go Ice, there was another who suffered extreme buyer’s remorse. Our review found that some loved the collapsible design and ease of transport, others complained the telescoping legs and handle were rickety and the entire unit was too heavy to lift.

MSRP:$199.99

Published On: 11/16/2012 Last Modified: 2/8/2021


Slow ‘N Sear Travel Kettle Grill Reviewed And Rated

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Max Good

SnS Grills, aka Slow ‘N Sear, continues to expand their catalog with a new, portable 18″ Charcoal Grill called the Travel Kettle. Whether stationed on a small patio, cruising in your RV, or on the go to a weekend cabin rental, this platinum medal grill deserves consideration.

MSRP:$180

Published On: 8/8/2022 Last Modified: 8/25/2022

Green Mountain Grills TREK Review

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Bill McGrath

The Green Mountain Grills TREK is a portable pellet cooker that is small and light enough to use for tailgating but large and sturdy enough for the back patio, too. Well-constructed and with excellent documentation, it is an excellent choice for a portable smoker and earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$349

Published On: 1/6/2022 Last Modified: 4/7/2022

Portable Kitchen PKGO Camp and Tailgate Grilling System Review

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Max Good

Self described as “small but mighty” the new PKGO is beautiful, elegant, clever, effective, and versatile, yet a little pricey for a small, portable charcoal grill. Nonetheless, with PKGO, you get what you pay for, and that means top quality. We say, “Go Man Go”, to PKGO and award it our top, Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$399.99

Published On: 12/9/2020 Last Modified: 9/20/2022

Blackstone 17″ Tabletop Griddle Review

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Max Good

Need an inexpensive, no fuss, portable cooking surface? Welcome to short order cooking on the go. Blackstone’s popular 17″ Tabletop Griddle is great for camping, tailgating and RV use. Most people who buy this “liddle” griddle love it. We reviewed this model and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$100.00

Published On: 9/18/2018 Last Modified: 4/26/2021

Pit Barrel Junior Review

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Max Good

Pit Barrel Junior is a smaller version of the popular Pit Barrel Cooker charcoal smoker. Both are designed to produce a cooking environment in which one temperature fits all. This AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winning smoker is one of the more impressive products we’ve tested and reviewed.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 12/21/2017 Last Modified: 7/17/2022

Portable Kitchen PK360 Grill and Smoker Review

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Max Good

PK360 takes all the great elements of the classic 1952 PK, improves the design, beefs up construction and delivers one beautiful charcoal grill. We tested and reviewed this classic, versatile charcoal grill and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king.

MSRP:$999.99

Published On: 3/26/2017 Last Modified: 9/20/2022

Broil King Keg 5000 Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed the Broil King Keg. It’s not a fragile ceramic kamado, but an insulated steel kamado for less money. Originally The Bubba Keg, then The Big Steel Keg until bought by Onward Mfg. This AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winner is loaded with extras. An optional trailer hitch let’s you easily transport Keg 5000.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 2/15/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

CanCooker Original Review

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Max Good

Read our review about this upgraded riff on the old practice of slow cooking meat and veggies in a cream can. CanCooker receives our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. The CanCooker Original has a four gallon capacity and is said to feed up to 20. Great for hunters, campers and tailgaters. Just throw it right on an open wood fire and start cooking!

MSRP:$90.00

Published On: 2/9/2015 Last Modified: 3/12/2021

Blackstone 36″ Griddle Cooking System Review

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Max Good

The Blackstone 36″ Griddle Cooking Station is an interesting, low cost, large capacity, portable cook top. Griddles are different from grills and we love our open flames, but boy oh boy….people who own these are nuts about them! And so are we. Check out our review to find why this fun cooker earns our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$300.00

Published On: 11/26/2014 Last Modified: 3/12/2021

Napoleon TravelQ 285X with Cart Review

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Max Good

Napoleon’s new TravelQ TQ285X is one impressive little clam shell style portable gasser, with some unique features not found from competitors. We reviewed it and award this tailgater our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. The fold out scissor cart is one of the most solid versions we’ve seen.

MSRP:$450.00

Published On: 8/26/2014 Last Modified: 3/12/2021

Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this solid portable gas grill that employs Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design. It produces searing temps while preventing flare-ups and retaining foods moisture. Grill2Go earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. Heavy cast aluminum lid and firebox will not rust and will retain heat much better than thin steel.

MSRP:$140.00

Published On: 9/9/2013 Last Modified: 9/11/2022

Weber Smokey Joe Portable Charcoal Grills Review

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Max Good

Nothing fancy, just a compact version of one of the greatest inventions in history: the iconic charcoal kettle grill that made Weber famous. We reviewed this popular little tailgater and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal. It weighs 18 pounds and has a “Tuck and Carry Lid Holder” for easy transport.

MSRP:$38

Published On: 2/21/2013 Last Modified: 9/23/2021

Portable Kitchen Grill aka PK Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review to find out why PK Grill owners have been in love since 1952. We tested this classic AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winning grill. The rectangular shape makes it a 2-zone king. It has thick aluminum construction that retains and radiates heat, tight fitting hinged lid and the twin dampers in both the top and bottom.

MSRP:$499.99

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 9/20/2022

Meadow Creek BBQ26 Review

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Meathead

Our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal goes to Meadow Creek’s BBQ26. Read our review of this unique grill; designed for fast and hot grilling, there is no better way to cook chickens than flipping them with Meadow Creek’s double sided grates. Though it looks like a simple black box, it is really a killer tailgater in disguise.

MSRP:$600

Published On: 2/14/2013 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Weber Traveler Review

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Max Good

If you need a large portable gasser for camping, tailgating or just grilling around town on the weekend, Traveler is a very good choice. There are both less expensive and more expensive cart models, placing Traveler somewhere in a mid-price range. Quality construction and Weber’s excellent customer service merit every penny. Read our review to find out why we give Traveler our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$349

Published On: 4/19/2021 Last Modified: 11/29/2021

Burch Barrel Review

By:

John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

Our Burch Barrel Review shows it’s not your Grandpa’s Cowboy Cooker. It blends an open fire camp grill with a vertical lift Argentine style mechanism. It is well-built, versatile, unique and a ton of fun to use. That’s why it wins our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$985

Published On: 1/11/2021 Last Modified: 11/29/2021

Camp Chef Explorer EX60LW Review

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Max Good

We reviewed Camp Chef’s Explorer EX60LW which is one of their most popular outdoor cooking systems. Two powerful 30,000 BTU cast aluminum burners with wind screens on three sides and adjustable height legs for set-up on uneven surfaces provides plenty of BBQ fire power and earns our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$171.00

Published On: 9/30/2014 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Son of Hibachi Combo Kit Review

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Max Good

Son of Hibachi is two small Hibachi Grills connected with hinges that can be folded together then zipped up in a heat resistant carrying case for exceptional portability. Moreover the unique design makes starting charcoal a snap. Read our review to learn why we give this clever tailgating cooker our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award.

MSRP:$100.00

Published On: 9/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Weber Go-Anywhere Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Weber’s Go-Anywhere Portable Charcoal Grill has been copied by other manufacturers, but as usual, no one does it better. Read our review to find out why most owners of this grill are nuts about it. And so are we, giving it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. This little grill is also available in a gas model.

MSRP:$55.00

Published On: 9/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Weber Go-Anywhere Portable Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Weber’s Go-Anywhere Portable Gas Grill has been copied by other manufacturers, but as usual, no one does it better. Read our review to learn why most owners of this grill are nuts about it. And so are we, giving it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. This little grill is also available in a charcoal model.

MSRP:$70.00

Published On: 9/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Weber Jumbo Joe Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Nothing fancy, just a compact version of the charcoal kettle grill that made Weber famous. We reviewed this popular little tailgater and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. It weighs 18 pounds and has a “Tuck and Carry Lid Holder” for easy transport.

MSRP:$89

Published On: 2/21/2013 Last Modified: 8/3/2022

Pitmaker MVP Tailgater BBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Portable charcoal/wood grill mounted on a trailer hitch. Based on Pitmaker’s cabinet smoker designs with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber on top. We give our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to this tough little cooker. The relatively large cook chamber has plenty of headroom for big cuts, like pork shoulders.

MSRP:$795.00

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Weber Q 2000 and 2200 Gas Grills Review

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Max Good

Our Q 2000 and 2200 review of Weber’s large portable gas grills with 280 square inches of cook surface and a single 12,000 BTU stainless steel burner. These portables, originally called Baby Q, were a hit coming out of the gate and receive our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medals.

MSRP:$279.00

Published On: 11/12/2012 Last Modified: 3/6/2021

Weber Q 1000 and 1200 Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

We reviewed Weber’s Q 1000 and 1200 large portable gas grills with 189 square inches of cook surface and a single 8,500 BTU stainless steel burner. These portables, originally called Baby Q, were a hit coming out of the gate and receive our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medals.

MSRP:$189.00

Published On: 11/9/2012 Last Modified: 3/6/2021

BBQube Kamado Go 275

By:

Bill McGrath

The BBQube Kamado Go 275 is a portable charcoal-fired The BBQube Kamado Go 275 is a portable charcoal-fired smoker/grill that will appeal to tailgaters and backyard chefs who want a dual-purpose cooker that can operate off the grid. Read our review. Kamado Go earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 5/12/2020 Last Modified: 7/28/2022

The Otto Grill Original Review

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Max Good

Otto Grill is tailor made for searing. That’s also why this grill is perfect for any thin food that cooks through fast, such as skirt steaks, fish fillets, shrimp and veggies. Our tests and review demonstrate how Otto grills up these foods beautifully in the blink of an eye. It cooks blazingly fast, is a fantastic sear machine, and useful pizza oven.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 6/1/2019 Last Modified: 3/30/2021

GoBQ Grill Review

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Max Good

Constructed of flame resistant, silicone coated, fiberglass fabric, GoBQ rolls up and fits in a backpack or over your shoulder on a carrying strap. Read our review. It’s not for everyone, but if you value extreme mobility, you may be willing to work around its shortcomings. GoBQ earns our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$150.00

Published On: 7/14/2018 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Kudu Grill Review

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Max Good

Kudu is a fire bowl with adjustable height cook surfaces that position foods closer or further from the fire. Inspired by South African Braais, or BBQ gatherings, and similar to a number of fire bowl cookers already on the market. Many really like their Kudus. We reviewed Kudu and gave it our AmazingingRibs.com Best Silver Medal.

MSRP:$500.00

Published On: 7/3/2018 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Cuisinart Petite Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

The Cuisinart Petite Gourmet Tabletop Gas Grill is Portable with a capital P! Small and lightweight the design favors style and mobility over performance. We tested and reviewed this little portable and found it got plenty hot for searing. This attractive, lightweight portable earns our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$130.00

Published On: 9/29/2017 Last Modified: 2/25/2021

Red Box Smoker Review

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Max Good

We tested and reviewed Red Box and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. A similar version of this portable charcoal smoker was previously offered by the venerable Backwoods Smokers as their Patio model. Since the 1980s Backwoods has made top quality smokers for home, catering and competition.

MSRP:$425.00

Published On: 10/1/2016 Last Modified: 2/25/2021

Old Smokey Charcoal Grill #18 Medium Review

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Max Good

The Old Smokey Charcoal Grill #18 Medium is a drum shaped charcoal grill that’s been around since 1953. Read our review of this antique design. There’s something here to love, but is it just nostalgia? Be that as it may, many owners are nuts about their Old Smokeys earning our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. AmazingRibs.com.

MSRP:$70

Published On: 8/26/2015 Last Modified: 6/15/2021

Cabela’s 7 in 1 Cooker/Smoker Review

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Max Good

Cabelas’s 7 in 1 Cooker/Smoker is made by Masterbuilt and is identical to Masterbuilt’s 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill. It can use gas or charcoal as fuel. It converts into a brazier or a tripod for boiling water or deep frying. Versatility offsets the light weight construction earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$200.00

Published On: 12/5/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Coleman Roadtrip Grill LXE Review

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Max Good

Read our review of the Coleman Roadtrip LXE which is a two-burner portable gas grill on a fold-up cart. The two 10,000 BTU burners have a unique round design. They are covered by an oval heat diffuser that evens out heat across the coated cast iron grates and sizzles drippings to flavor foods. Our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal goes to LXE.

MSRP:$190.00

Published On: 9/25/2014 Last Modified: 7/12/2022

Lodge Sportsman’s Grill Review

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Max Good

Our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal goes to the Lodge Sportsman’s Grill cast iron hibachi. We reviewed Sportsman. Even though the seasoned cast iron needs regular maintenance, most owners are crazy about this little grill and love it for camping, BBQ tailgating, picnics and patio use.

MSRP:$145.00

Published On: 9/16/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 14″ Review

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Max Good

The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 14″ is a small version of their popular 18″ charcoal smoker. Read our review. WSMs are high quality, AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winning, charcoal fueled, bullet-shaped smokers. They are often seen competing head to head with large commercial cookers at practically every competition.

MSRP:$219.00

Published On: 4/21/2014 Last Modified: 8/23/2022

Volcano 3 Collapsible Grill Review

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Max Good

The Volcano 3 Collapsible Grill has a unique design that enables it to compress from 17″ height down to 5″ for easy storage and transport. Take it out of the storage bag and pop it open. When finished, the whole unit retracts back to fit in the carrying case. Pretty neat! We reviewed this cool cooker and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$160.00

Published On: 9/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Orion Cooker Review

By:

Meathead

We tested and reviewed this clever and unusual design. Well, maybe it isn’t that unusual. It is really a hi-tech variation on the cowboy method of cooking in a Dutch oven where the pot sits on coals and coals sit on top of the pot. Orion excels at keeping meat moist and cooking fast., earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$169.00

Published On: 3/19/2013 Last Modified: 4/29/2021

Cook-Air Wood Burning Grill Review

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Meathead

This is one of the coolest grills we’ve tested and reviewed. Although it can cook anything, the unique design makes it a dedicated searing machine. It’s the ultimate lean mean steak machine. We award this Tasmanian heat devil our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$149.00

Published On: 2/12/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Grill Dome Infinity Series Small Review

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Max Good

Grill Dome is known for their beautiful kamados offered in a variety of colors. We reviewed Grill Dome and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The ceramic is Grill Dome’s own creation, called Terapex, which they claim is more durable than traditional ceramic and retains the finish over time.

MSRP:$600.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Big Green Egg Mini Ceramic Cooker Review

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Max Good

As the name indicates, Big Green Egg’s Mini Kamado is their smallest model. Big Green Egg popularized kamado cookers in the USA. We reviewed Big Green Egg and award our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. They are mighty good, but many new comers to the kamado market are giving them stiff competition.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 2/8/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Traeger PTG Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

There aren’t many portable pellet smokers and the PTG (Portable Traeger Grill) is the smallest we’ve reviewed. With 169 square inches of cook surface and about 6 inches of head room, cooking possibilities are limited. Still this unique little cooker has some useful applications and earns our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$299.99

Published On: 1/16/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Weber Q 2400 Electric Grill Review

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Max Good

Weber electric grills get pretty hot so we award them our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal. Our review describes Q 2400’s two aluminum heat retention liners that prevent heat from escaping. Additionally, the conductive properties of coated cast iron grates on all Q models help produce good sear marks.

MSRP:$349.00

Published On: 11/9/2012 Last Modified: 3/6/2021

Weber Q 1400 Electric Grill Review

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Max Good

We reviewed the Q 1400, Weber’s small, portable electric grill. These Q electrics get hotter than many other brands. Weber attributes this to two interior, aluminum heat retention liners that prevent heat from escaping. Also, the conductive properties of coated cast iron grates on all Q models help make tasty sear marks.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 11/9/2012 Last Modified: 3/6/2021

FireDisc 36″ Red Review

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Max Good

FireDisc claims this device is, “the most versatile outdoor grill in the market today”. We tested and reviewed it. Yes it is a metal surface with a gas burner that will cook whatever you place on it, but it is really not a grill or WOK. It is a Northern Mexican Discada earning our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$400.00

Published On: 4/29/2015 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

Southern Country 2 in 1 Water Smoker and Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

The Southern Country 2 in 1 Water Smoker and Charcoal Grill, as the name indicates, can be used as a bullet style water smoker, or converted to a “lock and go” portable grill. We reviewed this clever design which allows you to place the lid on the base and turn clockwise until it locks. We give it our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$80.00

Published On: 12/3/2014 Last Modified: 2/23/2021

Char-Broil Table Top Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Char-Broil’s Table Top Gas Grill is a burner in a box. Read our review. Lightweight and inexpensive with a single, 11,000 BTU burner that is fueled by 16.4 oz. or 14.1 oz. propane cylinders. Lightweight is the operative word which is good for portability, not so good for durability. We give it our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$29.99

Published On: 9/9/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

BODUM FYRKAT Picnic Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review. BODUM’s FYRKAT Picnic Charcoal Grill is a small, portable kettle with a cool look, available in bright red and lime green. 15 inch diameter and 5.6 pound weight make it slightly smaller than the far superior Weber Smoky Joe which we unequivocally recommend over this product.

MSRP:$80.00

Published On: 4/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Aussie 4106 Swinger Square Utility Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Aussies are great for searing burgers, but not so much for roasting larger cuts, or cooking over a long duration. They have a very shallow lid, little air control and no ash removal system. We reviewed this model and awarded our Bronze Medal. Great portability, but limited for cooking capability.

MSRP:$89.99

Published On: 2/15/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Char-Griller Table Top Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Although these grills are popular and inexpensive, read our review to learn why we suggest you consider Weber’s Jumbo Joe Portable Grill instead. Weber’s superior construction provides much better heat control. It has almost the same amount of cook surface, costs less, and will last forever.

MSRP:$100.00

Published On: 12/3/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Cobb Premier Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Meathead

The Cobb Premier Portable Charcoal Grill is a unique, versatile, stainless steel cooker that claims to do it all. Weighing just 8 pounds and needing only 8 charcoal briquettes to cook for 3 hours, Cobb Premier can grill, smoke, boil, fry or bake. Read our review, however, to learn why we don’t recommend it.

MSRP:$150.00

Published On: 9/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Blowin’ Smoke Cookers Gameday

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Max Good

Blowin’ Smoke’s Gameday is a big trailer smoker for pitmasters with big aspirations. Read our review of this big boy. The 60 inch long smoke box is separated into two sections and the large section is big enough for a whole hog. Blowin’ Smoke adds a charcoal grill on the front and a gas burner on the back for a fry pot.

MSRP:$3775.00

Published On: 6/4/2020 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Mike’s Vertical Grill Review

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Max Good

We reviewed this interesting and unique cube shaped grill that loads charcoal in the left and right double walled sides. Meats are clamped in a grill basket, and then inserted in a slot that runs between the two walls of charcoal where both sides are cooked simultaneously, decreasing cook times and eliminating flipping.

MSRP:$249.00

Published On: 9/12/2014 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

Bayou Classic Fold and Go Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review to learn why we don’t recommend Bayou Classic’s Fold and Go Portable Charcoal Grill. Although lightweight and easy to carry, unfortunately the lightness is achieved by using thin flimsy construction. If you don’t mind schlepping around something a little bigger and heavier you can do better.

MSRP:$55.00

Published On: 9/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review. These small grills are searing machines that can sizzle steaks, burgers and shrimp, but lack the ability to perform at low to moderate temperatures. With only 155 square inches of cook surface, you’ll pay a lot for a little grill, but if searing steak while traveling light is your wish, Solaire will oblige.

MSRP:$389.00

Published On: 9/10/2013 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Napoleon Travel Q Portable Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Napoleon’s Travel Q Portable Gas Grill folds up and can easily be carried by integrated handles that also act as a latch to keep the lid shut during transport. They are virtually identical to the Iroda O-Grills. We reviewed both brands. They are marketed for camping, tailgating, picnics, beach parties, apartment decks and balconies.

MSRP:$199.00

Published On: 9/10/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Crown Verity Tailgate BBQ Grill tg-1 Review

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Max Good

Read our Crown Verity review. Tow this crowd pleasing 6-burner beast where you like. With almost 1000 square inches of cook surface and a large 46″ x 21″ hood this baby is feast capable and can even handle a whole hog.

MSRP:$11000.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Iroda O-Grill Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Pro-Iroda O-Grills; a line of stylish portable gas cookers that fold up and can easily be carried by integrated handles that also act as a latch to keep the lid shut during transport. These suitcase size grills are marketed for camping, tailgating, picnics, beach parties, apartment decks and balconies.

MSRP:$189.95

Published On: 12/6/2012 Last Modified: 3/5/2021

Green Mountain Davy Crockett Review

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Max Good

Read our review of Green Mountain’s Davy Crockett. Green Mountain describes their small portable smoker as the Ultimate Tailgater Pellet Grill. It’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it smoker to their BBQ arsenal. We tested Davy Crockett and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$329.00

Published On: 6/19/2014 Last Modified: 6/2/2022

GoGalley Eagle 100 Grill Review

By:

Meathead

Packed with innovation, this AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winner is the best rig we’ve tested for tailgating or camping. All-in-one mobile grill, smoker/oven and fryer, on a trailer hitch. It is not cheap at about $2,000, but it is a bargain for what it has under the hood and what it does.

MSRP:$1395.00

Published On: 2/27/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Broil King Keg Review

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Max Good

We tested the Broil King Keg. It’s not a fragile ceramic kamado, but an insulated steel kamado for less money. Originally The Bubba Keg, then The Big Steel Keg until bought by Onward Mfg. This AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal winner is loaded with extras. An optional trailer hitch let’s you easily transport the BKK.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 2/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill Fryer

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Max Good

The Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill Fryer is one of the more versatile, unique and fun compact portable cookers we’ve tested. It’s a 360 degree party with an Infrared Grill, Griddle and Warming Tray wrapped around a Fry Pot.

MSRP:$250.00

Published On: 6/20/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Masterbuilt 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill Review

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Max Good

You gotta love the versatility and price of Masterbuilt’s M7P 7 in 1 Smoker and Grill. It can use either gas or charcoal as fuel. It converts into a brazier or a tripod for boiling water or deep frying. Versatility offsets the light weight construction earning our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$180.00

Published On: 3/28/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Char-Broil CB500X Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

If you just need a large portable charcoal grill that will last a few years, the CB500X deserves your attention. It has a couple of nice features we like.

MSRP:$154.99

Published On: 2/12/2013 Last Modified: 2/14/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers TG-300 Review

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Max Good

TG-300 is the smallest smoker in Louisiana Grill’s Country Smokers line. The tabletop body has short legs and no wheels. At 26.5″ H x 36.5″ W x 19.5″ D weighing 94 pounds it is big enough to smoke a turkey and small enough to transport in a truck or van. Our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal goes to this tailgater.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 1/21/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Party King Varsity Swing ‘N Smoke Varsity PKG VJV-6412 Package Review

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Meathead

Party King’s Varsity SWING ‘N Smoke is a single burner gas grill mounted on a steel arm attached to your trailer hitch. The arm swings out and an adjustable stand folds down for added support and stability. We tested this model and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Bronze Medal

MSRP:$642.00

Published On: 9/10/2014 Last Modified: 1/25/2022

Party King SWING ‘N Smoke MVP Hitch Mount Swing Out Grill Review

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Meathead

Party King’s SWING ‘N Smoke MVP Grills are their most popular models consisting of a 3-burner gas grill mounted on a steel arm attached to your trailer hitch. The arm swings out and an adjustable stand folds down for added support and stability. We tested a smaller model and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Bronze Medal

MSRP:$829.00

Published On: 9/15/2013 Last Modified: 1/25/2022

Brinkmann Roadmaster Review

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Max Good

The Brinkmann Roadmaster is their Dual Function Charcoal/Gas Smoker and Grill on wheels. We don’t care for these combo side-by-side grills. That said, if you want a grill on a trailer, you’ll be hard pressed to find a package like this for $1000. We give this our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$1000.00

Published On: 4/5/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Go Grill Portable Charcoal Grill Review

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Max Good

With no lid or dampers to control heat, the Brinkmann Go Grill Portable Charcoal Grill is only suitable for thin meats that cook fast like burgers and steaks. If that’s all you plan on cooking, the 17″ diameter chrome plated steel grate provides a fairly large cooking surface

MSRP:$30.00

Published On: 9/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Holland Companion Portable Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

Holland Gas Grills are outdoor ovens that will bake your chicken, fish and sausage with no fear (or hope?) of charring. Be sure to bring a bag of chips because cook times are longer with Holland.

MSRP:$269.00

Published On: 9/10/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Element Portable Gas Grill Review

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Max Good

This small Element Portable Grill has been discontinued, but it is still available from many retailers. It is an interesting, very stylish, lightweight cooker that folds up like a briefcase for easy transport. Various tech blogs have referred Element as “the iPhone of grills”.

MSRP:$149.99

Published On: 12/6/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Char-Broil Grill2Go Ice Realtree Portable Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

On paper this discontinued system looked good. But true to Char-Broil form, for everyone who loved the Grill2Go Ice, there was another who suffered extreme buyer’s remorse. Our review found that some loved the collapsible design and ease of transport, others complained the telescoping legs and handle were rickety and the entire unit was too heavy to lift.

MSRP:$199.99

Published On: 11/16/2012 Last Modified: 2/8/2021

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