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Portable bbq grill 2012 reviewed and compared

Updated on December 23, 2012

How to choose the best portable bbq grill

The portable bbq grill is an awesome invention. There is nothing better than grilling a freshly caught trout on the river bank, or barbecuing some burgers under the stars on a camping vacation, and the portable bbq grill allows you to do this. The portable barbecue is a versatile cooking gadget and one that all outdoor enthusiasts should own.

With a charcoal and a gas portable bbq to choose from it can be difficult to know which is best going to suit your needs however since each one is reviewed in this lens please read on to help you decide which one is best for you.

Portable bbq grill - Charcoal barbecue

Cooking over coal gives you a chance to step back in time and cook over an open flame, and it is this that makes grilling with a charcoal barbecue so popular. As we all know setting up a charcoal barbecue takes time and effort, but the end result is well worth it.

If you enjoy a charcoal barbecue and are keen to take a charcoal bbq with you on a fishing trip or camping expedition there are plenty of charcoal portable bbq grills to choose from. These portable bbq grills are small and lightweight but sturdy. Whilst the bbq is lightweight you have to remember you have to carry the coals around with you, as long as a few other essential accessories such as a lighter, some fire lighters or fuel, all of which add to the overall weight.

Out of the two different types of portable bbq the charcoal grill is the cheapest, but given the lack of technology this is to be expected. So, let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of charcoal portable bbq grills.

Advantages of a charcoal grill:

1) It allows you to cook over an open flame

2) The smells are amazing

3) The food is going to have a rich and smoky flavour

Disadvantages of a charcoal grill:

1) You have to carry coals, a lighter and fuel around with you

2) It takes a long time to get the coals up to temperature for cooking

3) You can't easily control the temperature of the coals

4) You have to safely dispose of the hot coals after grilling

Cooking over a charcoal bbq is easy to learn but difficult to master and cooking over a charcoal portable bbq grill is no different.

Charcoal portable bbq grill to order from Amazon

For two fo the best charcoal portable bbq grills check out the products below.

The Esbit is a folding grill that is reasonably small and very tough and durable. It really is an excellent charcoal grill that is great for outdoor use on the move.

The Grilliput is the smallest and lightest portable grill currently on the market, which makes it perfect for people that want to travel ultra light. The grilliput is simply a frame on which you put the meat that is put over a heat source. Because the grilliput is so small it is not ideal if you want to cook more than a couple of food items.

Esbit portable folding grillBUY NOW

GrilliputBUY NOW

How to assemble the Grilliput portable bbq grill

If you want to see how to assemble the Grilliput which is world's smallest portable bbq grill check out the following video footage, courtesy of Youtube. As I am sure you will agree, it really is an excellent protable grill for the person who likes to travel light.

Portable bbq grill - Gas barbecue

Barbecue purists will argue the gas barbecue is not a true barbecue at all however there are plenty of other people who would disagree. The gas grill is an awesome portable bbq grill and it is very useful for all outdoor excursions.

With a portable gas barbecue you have everything you need in a small and compact unit. There's no charcoal to carry about, no fuel or firelighters to bother about and no lighter to spark it up. You do, however, need to ensure there is enough gas in the built in gas canister to ensure you have enough fuel for grilling, but the gas seems to last forever.

If you are looking for a portable bbq grill the small gas grills are well worth looking in to.

Out of the two different types of portable grills the gas portable bbq grill has the most technology and features therefore it is also the most expensive. That said, portable gas barbecues are not too expensive and there are plenty of deals around so you will be able to get one at a good price. Let's look at the advantages and disadvantages of the portable gas bbq;

Advantages of a gas grill:

1) All you need is the grill and a gas bottle, which is usually built in. There is no need to carry additional items such as coals, fuel or a lighter

2) Gas grills have a built in igniting system and they are easily lit, even in the worst of weather

3) A gas grill has an adjuster which allows you to easily control the temperature

4) Grilling on a gas grill is easy and requires little skill

5) There are no hot coals to dispose of after grilling

Disadvantages of a gas grill:

1) There is no flame with a gas grill which means you can't flame grill burgers

2) The food doesn't have the same rich and smoky flavour, or smell, when grilled on a gas grill

3) Grilling on a gas grill is not a "proper barbecue"

Gas portable bbq grill to order from Amazon

Coleman and Cadac are two well known manufacturers of portable gas grills and these two models are the best currently available. Both of these gas grills are tough, durable and well made. Both of these gas grills are light and easily transpoable (which is very important for a portable bbq grill) and both of these gas grills are easy to use.

It doesn't matter whether you decide to go for the Coleman or the Cadac, both of them are exceptionally good and you won't be disappointed with either of them.

Coleman 9940 Party GrillBUY NOW

Cadac Safari grillBUY NOW

Portable bbq grill – which is best?

Grilling a juicy piece of meat over an open fire is very historic and the modern way of replicating this is to use a charcoal bbq grill. Grilling meat on a charcoal grill is visually exciting, the smells are amazing, the food look great and there is a rich and smoky taste. Given the choice I would grill using a charcoal barbeque over a gas barbeque any day of the week, however in order to use a charcoal bbq you need charcoal to cook over, a lighter or some matches to light the bbq, some fuel to get the bbq going in the first instance and a lot of time to get the coals up to temperature.

In reality you are only ever going to be using a portable bbq grill when out in the wild, where using a charcoal barbecue is impractical. In these circumstances I would opt for the gas portable bbq grill each and every time.

Duel Debate Module

The charcoal/gas debate is one which has been going on for a long time and it is one that is unlikely to ever be resolved, however what side of the fence do you sit on, and more impotantly why?

What is the best bbq grill - Charcoal or gas?

If you have any comments, rants or raves please feel free to note them here. Similarly, if you have any other portable bbq grill products you want to share, either charcoal or gas, please feel free to do so here. Thanks.

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