The 7 best camping barbecues for 2022, according to chefs

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Advantages: The Go-Anywhere offers excellent heat management, and the small form factor makes it easy to store in a variety of places.

The inconvenients: Single grid placement can limit this to high heat and fast cooking items, limiting creativity in your fire building. Also, the handles can get very hot.

Rob Nelson, executive chef and owner of Tusk and Trotter in Bentonville, Ark., is a fan of high-heat cooking and the dissenting voice in the coal-versus-gas debate. Finding an entry-level or low-cost grill for camping that delivers for your dollar spent can be a tricky proposition. Megan Walker, executive chef of Made By Meg Catering and La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, Calif., stresses the need for quality no matter the price. “When you’re camping, you’re on a branch. You have to rely on your grill or you’ll eat twigs. Raw, cold twigs,” she says. Construction, size, and heat handling vary widely with most grills, especially in this category, and the Go-Anywhere offers value in all three departments.

The oblong design allows you to build a good ember bed, although with a little creativity it can be used for offset cooking. The dampers on the sides and top of the grill provide excellent heat regulation capabilities and a convection effect that increases the efficiency of the fire on the food. The porcelain enamel lid and body also improve heat retention while extending the life of the grill. Another notable feature, its coated steel grids are easy to clean and ensure good heat retention. The lid locks in place for travel and the folding legs provide a sturdy base on tabletops or dirty surfaces. Its 160 square inch cooking surface can easily hold food for four to six people.

  • Fuel source: coal
  • Dimensions: 15x20x12 inches
  • Lester: 14 pounds
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