In recent decades, a new tradition among sports fans has come to fruition. The tradition of tailgating. Originally started as an ah hoc means of spending time before the game, it has blossomed into a full tradition with its own concepts and means of having fun.
One of the biggest parts of tailgating is enjoying delicious grilled food like burger and hot dogs. Naturally, you are not limited to those but those foods are the most commonly found. In either case, to get the best results, it takes a quality grill but one that is compact and portable so you can enjoy the time with family and friends.
Cheap Versus Quality
When tailgating first became a thing, many folks just went the cheap, dime store grills that were flat, thin-walled and were barely stable on three or four legs. The advantage was that the grills were very inexpensive, less than thirty dollars in many cases, and were essentially disposable grills.
Other folks would take their home grill and load it up but that took a lot of effort to both load, unload then load again and then unload back at home. Obviously, there was a need for a better option.
For many manufacturers, it didn’t take long to realize that is a little adjustment they existing table top grills would be excellent for use as a tailgating grill. Thus, the portable grill moved from a camping grill to one that would be great for using at a tailgate party.
These grills are lightweight but still compact enough to be portable while having good heat production and retention to evenly cook the food. Some use charcoal while others use propane so you have a choice in fuels that better suits your specific needs and desires. Grilling at a tailgating event is a fun time for all and with a good grill, it is even better.
Five Great Portable Grills
Best Value Kettle Charcoal Grill
Essentially a kettle style grill, this Weber is perfect for tailgating. Lightweight and portable, this grill – Weber Model #1211001 Grill has a 18.5 inch cooking grate and uses charcoal. There is an ash catch pan under the grill for keeping ash from blowing around and making clean up easy.
The enamel black coating helps keep the heat where it needs to be and the top vent opens for good air control. It has a carry handle and a handle for the lid as well. People who have purchased this grill have used it for both camping and tailgating and love the size for cooking plenty of food.
Bestselling Outdoor Tabletop Charcoal Grill
Extremely tough and versatile, the Lodge Model #L410 Grill is a preseasoned, cast iron grill that is perfect for tailgating, camping and for using has a hibachi at home. The grates are also cast iron for superior heat distribution and the 17X9 cooking grate offers plenty of room for burgers and hot dogs.
The grill has a draft front door for easier coal checking and for providing the right air flow mix for the perfect results. The grill is fast to cool down and easy to clean, just wipe and go. People who have purchased this grill love the heavy duty nature of the grill and the superior heating characteristics.
Best Portable LP Grill for Tailgating
Approved for use and recommended by the National Park Association, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Series Grill is a propane grill that folds down to a compact and easy to carry package. The legs fold and the side shelves also fold making it easy to use while still offering plenty of work space.
There are two internal burners, both controlled from the outside and use a matchless ignition for fast starting. Best of all, the gas flow system allows for good heating even in temperature that are lower than expected or would hinder other gas grills. People who bought this grill love the easy to use nature of the grill and how easily this unit is to clean and carry.
Best Outdoor Tabletop LP Gas Grill
The Cuisinart Model #CGG-200 Grill is a highly capable gas grill that is a table top model but would also work great for tailgating events. The burner produces over 12K of BTU heat and the knob has a twist on ignition for fast lighting.
The grill is lightweight enough for one person to carry and it has cast iron grates that are porcelain coated for superior heat distribution. People who have purchased and used this grill love how easy this grill is to light and how even the heating is for their needs.
Top Rated Propane Grill
As Weber is the leading manufacturer of grills and grilling accessories, it should come as no surprise that they would have two models in the list. The Weber Model #51010001 Grill is a gas fueled grill that comes fully assembled so there is no need to put things together.
It is highly portable, as the entire unit can be easily carried and for those industrious types, you can make a carrier. It has a built in temperature gauge and offer over 180 square inches of cooking space.
Tailgating can be a fun activity as long as you practice a safety first attitude. This includes being around your grill. Make sure the grill is on an even surface, even gas grills, before grilling and be sure to let people know when the grill is hot.
For the best results in both cooking and cleaning your grill, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines.