Articles in: portable grills

10 Things Every Tailgating Rookie Needs

Posted by: on September 17th, 2012 | 6 Comments

10 Things  A Tailgate Rookie Needs

If you’ve ever seen a massive, logo-plastered tailgating RV wheel into the parking lot unloading smokers, tents, TVs and more, you know that tailgaters are a dedicated bunch. And we love them for it. But if you’re just getting started, we have the top 10 tailgating essentials to get the pre-game party started. Gather these 10 items (which happen to fit in the trunk of a sporty but small hatchback) and get going!

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Grill It: What Makes a Good Portable Grill?

Posted by: on July 7th, 2012 | Make A Comment

A small, portable grill on a tabletop

Q: What should I look for in a small, portable grill?

A: The best thing about grillers is that they will work their magic absolutely anywhere, undeterred by terrain or the elements. A boat, a fire escape, a rooftop, the beach. If you can get there, grilling can happen.

For portable grills, the golden combination is being lightweight and easy to tote while having the maximum amount of useable grate space. The Weber Smokey Joe is a no-nonsense favorite, with almost 150 square inches of grill space. For propane, the Cuisinart All Foods portable grill is a winner. If you are looking for something that you won’t have to hunch over, the Aussie Walk-a-Bout portable worked nicely at a recent BBQ: It folds up into an easy-to-roll suitcase and was big enough to feed a whole picnic party full of hungry people.

When choosing a portable grill, keep your location in mind. Most apartments don’t allow charcoal—along with some beaches and parks that don’t have facilities for hot coal disposal.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at 

Fourth of July Grilling Spectacular

Posted by: on July 4th, 2012 | One Comment


Brick flag centerpiece and kebabs


There’s no better day to bask in the sun and show some patriotic pride than Independence Day. Throw a 4th of July bash in style at a local park—or right in your backyard. Here’s our three-step plan for throwing a grill party decked out in red, white and blue.


Brinkmann grills, ready for action


Get the right grill.

Getting the right grill for the job is priority one. A portable, lightweight number with the maximum grate size is what you should be hunting. The Aussie Walk-A-Bout Charcoal Grill is one winner for an outdoor throw-down.  We liked that it folds flat so that you can wheel it in and out with ease. Also, the wheels are sturdy enough to take on off-road terrain to the perfect spot. The festive red top added a splash of color that definitely fit the theme.

The lightweight but tough Brinkmann Barrel Charcoal Smoker is also a solid choice for a sizeable outdoor party.  The temperature gauge and adjustable damper allowed us to get the heat just right for juicy beef kebabs. (Steal this marinade recipe: Apple butter, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper.)

If you are having your picnic at the park, check out the grilling policy ahead of time: Some locations do not allow charcoal, so you may need to opt for an electric grill. (Also, check out where charcoal disposal is located before you get going.)  Check out the Brinkmann Portable Propane Gas Grill for an easy set up. The porcelain-coated grate make for an easy exit as well, since food won’t stick to the grates.

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