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Weber Q 1200: The Perfect Grill for Empty Nesters

Updated on September 5, 2014

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A view from the top. Available for purchase below.
A view from the top. Available for purchase below. | Source

My Review of the Weber Q1200 Portable Grill

We just finished cooking for the first time with our new Weber Q 1200 and it feels like I have an old friend back.

You see, this is the second one we bought. We originally purchased the Baby Q about 10 years ago and I really loved it but several years in, my kids decided we needed a bigger grill and gave us one for Christmas. We gave the Q to our oldest when he moved out and he's still using it today.

With our youngest just about to move on, and the big grill giving me a hard time, I decided to treat myself to another little one.

They've made some improvements, like the taller dome on the 1200 model, but this new one is very similar to the old one and I'm loving it just the same.


Why I Love This Little BBQ Grill

For one thing, they come almost all the way put together right out of the box and I was able to finish off all of the little details all by myself... which for me is a pretty big accomplishment.

I also feel comfortable replacing the propane gas containers by myself, something I would never even attempt on our large stationary BBQ. I guess you're picking up that I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to propane and I am... and I have lots of good reasons to be but for some reason changing out the little 16.4 oz. canisters the Weber Q uses doesn't bother me at all and it's easy to pick up a 6 pack of them at my local warehouse store. And speaking of propane, this grill uses a lot less of it because it only has one burner that wraps around the bottom of the grate.

The grill is small and made to be portable. We don't really travel with ours but it's nice to know that we can if we ever wanted to take it along to the beach or for tailgating. It's the perfect size for my empty nest, just the husband and I, but we were able to get by using the first one as a family of 4 so it's a bit bigger than it appears to be. Tonight I cooked 6 burgers on it and I could have easily fit two more. If that's not large enough to feed your family, you'll want to look into one of their larger sized models such as the 2000 which is also made to be portable, or something from their stationary 3000 series. All Qs have a similar look and design style.

In my opinion, Weber's quality is unbeatable. I've already told you that our first one is still in use 10 years later. It's also really easy to clean (the cook top is separated into two halves, so it's easy to remove and carry into my kitchen) and because of it's size, it doesn't take up much room on our deck.

Oh, and the burgers turned out great too! The flame is easy to adjust perfectly for any thing you're cooking and the built in thermometer lets you know when it's hot enough to begin.

I'm really very happy to have my little Weber back and if you're looking for something small, or portable, I highly recommend you take a closer look at this line of grills. I think you'll like what you see.

Get Yours Here

Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill
Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill

This is the 1200 model that I love so much.


Here's a video about the Weber 1200

This is a must-have for either of the Grills

Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart for Grilling
Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart for Grilling

You'll probably want a rolling cart to go with your Q. We did. This one is the perfect fit for either the 1000 or the 2000 models. When purchasing your grill, they will provide you with the correct model number for all of the carts that match.


The Griddle Comes in Handy

Weber 6558 Griddle for Q1000 Series Grill
Weber 6558 Griddle for Q1000 Series Grill

I haven't tried it yet but I also purchased this griddle to go with mine. I think it will be great for veggies and fish. Please note, you can only use one griddle on your grill at a time. Using two would block the necessary airways.


Introducing the Weber 1000

The Weber Q1000 is Similar with a Flatter Top

Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill
Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

We opted for the 1200 because of the higher domed top it has but if you're not looking to cook anything tall, you can save a few bucks by purchasing the model 1000 shown here instead.


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