If you don't have a lot of space for a grill or love to travel, then a portable grill, sometimes called a hibachi, ensures that you always have the ability to barbecue close at hand. A sturdy cast-iron grill is great for camping, tailgate parties or even just a quiet, airy night on your balcony, barbecuing under the stars.
You can get a portable grill in almost any type, including table-top, folding and compact standing models, as well as grills with wheels. They can be fueled by charcoal or electricity, or you could use propane tanks. They also come in many different sizes, depending on your needs. Typically, the price for portable grills ranges from $30 to $500, depending on the quality.
Portable grills offer enough cooking space for a small gathering and cook just as well as a regular-sized grill. In fact, portable grills are often better at cooking small items like kabobs because the heat is distributed more easily over a smaller space. Still, you can grill that perfect steak, fillet or burger easily on a portable grill. Plus, you'll get your cooking done faster and more efficiently with fewer items to keep an eye on. Your dinner party guests will thank you when they get to eat faster! If you have a charcoal portable grill, try mixing the charcoal with flavored wood chips to spice up the flavor of your meat.
One popular model for camping, picnics and tailgate parties alike is the Thermos Grill2Go portable gas grill. This Thermos barbecue is made by Char-Broil. Char-Broil used to manufacture full-sized grills under the Thermos name as well, but only this portable model endures due to its popularity and versatility. The Grill2Go is available in several models, ranging from the Express tabletop grill to the Advantage, with stable locking legs which convert into a wheeled cart for easy transport.
A variation on the portable grill is the kettle grill. These operate like wood-fired ovens by igniting with intense heat and then gradually reducing the temperature during the cooking time. For example, a kettle grill is ideal for roasting a turkey – the result is a thoroughly cooked bird with a juicy, succulent center. However, a portable kettle grill takes awhile to heat up – about 30 or 40 minutes to heat and then another 2 hours roasting time. They're not exactly ideal for a quick dinner, but if you want to be patient, you can have a great meal.
If you like the idea of a kettle-grilled meal, you can also try using these grills as barbecue smokers. Food is infused with its own smoke and flavor because of the grill's domed shape and strategically-placed exhaust vents. Any way you use a kettle grill will result in delicious food for you and your family.
If you're looking for an indoor grill, there are several electric grills you can choose from. Panini grills and George Foreman grills allow you to grill both sides simultaneously. These electric indoor and outdoor grills are perfect for hotdogs, sandwiches, and burgers. If you're in the mood for a new grilling experience, why not try using a raclette grill. These special tabletop grills have individual trays used to heat tasty morsles and melt cheese. This do-it-yourself grilling style is similar to a fondue and makes a great choice for a fun dinner party.