Have you ever tried to find the perfect portable grill, one that would be ideal for your car, boat, or RV? Not easy, is it? First, you need to decide what’s important to have in a portable grill, then you need to find it. Let’s lay out the top seven things you should look for in a portable grill.
First, your portable grill should be… well, portable! That means it should be compact and fit in a relatively small space for packing purposes. You want a grill that takes up less than two square feet, and one square foot is even better. Anything bigger than that, and you’ll be struggling to find room when you pack, and most likely deciding to leave your grill behind.
Second, your portable grill needs to be lightweight and easy to carry. Anything heavier than 10 pounds or so and you’ll hate lugging your grill from place to place. What good is a grill that sits at home on a shelf because you just can’t bear the thought of carrying it?
Third, Your grill should be very efficient, using very little fuel to get the cooking job done. Why? Because if you have to carry around a large bag of charcoal, or a big propane cylinder, that negates all the benefit of having a small, portable grill in the first place. The ideal grill for travel will use just a few briquettes per meal, or a small amount of propane.
Fourth, your portable grill should come up to cooking temperature lightning fast, and cool down for cleaning and storage in a jiffy. You don’t want meals on the road or in your boat to slow you down any more than necessary. A grill that gets ready to cook quickly and cools down just as fast will be a grill you’re glad to take along no matter where you’re headed.
Fifth, any portable grill should be a snap to clean up. The cooking surfaces should all be non-stick, and everything else should be made of durable, long-lasting, easy-clean materials that don’t make clean-up a drudgery. Ideally, you should be able to wipe your grill off on the road, and give it a thorough cleaning when you get to your destination. Look for a grill that comes with a nice carry bag to store and carry your grill in. That makes stowing a greasy grill much easier.
Six, Your portable grill should be really flexible, able to handle just about any type of cooking chore you throw at it. Getting one grill to do many tasks, like roasting, steaming, smoking, pan-frying, and of course grilling, makes your portable travel grill a true workhorse, and worth having around. A grill that can only accomplish one, or at most two of those tasks just isn’t worth the trouble.
Finally, the portable grill you choose really ought to be made to last a long time and withstand years of hard use. It’s best if your grill is made of durable materials like aluminum, stainless-steel, and teflon. You’ll probably need to invest a few dollars in any grill that can do everything we’ve talked about, and you want it to last a long time to make your investment worth it.
In your search for a portable grill, if you look for one with these seven features, you will have found a grill that will give you years of cooking pleasure and reliable service, no matter where your travels take you. If you haven’t found one yet, why not take a look at The Cobb Portable Grill.