Don’t like to read? Watch our videos on how to buy a grill or smoker. Each one shows you everything you need to know before you go shopping. Can’t decide between a gas or charcoal grill? Watch both videos to get a handle on the pros and cons of each. Or maybe you’re considering buying an offset smoker. Watch the smoker video to see the big picture on all the different types of smokers available before you take the plunge.
When you’re ready to look at specific cookers, head over to our searchable database of more than 500 grills and smokers that we have meticulously tested, rated, and reviewed. Dial in your search by price, cooking capacity, manufacturer, and other parameters. Only want the best of the best? Then go straight to our Platinum Award winning cookers by clicking the red buttons in each category here. If you want to see our editors’ top picks, then check out this year’s Spring Gear Guide, featuring the top Platinum medal winning cookers available for home delivery today. Or maybe you have specific questions on things like electrics grills or designing an outdoor kitchen. Get answers here in our general buying guide for grills, smokers, hog roasters, pizza ovens, and more. But first, watch these videos so you know the right questions to ask about any type of grill or smoker.
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Published On: 5/11/2020 Last Modified: 4/13/2021
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Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.
If you’re using oven mitts at the grill, it’s time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder’s gloves. They’re heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.
Napoleon’s NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.
The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
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The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.
The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone’s Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all!