The best thing about fall is football. The second best thing is tailgating prior to the game. While some fans are happy to eat cold sandwiches and spreads while they gear up for a day of cheering, the pros know it’s all about the grill. Whether you like to keep it simple or craft an entire feast, one of these five grills will make this season’s grub better than ever.
1. The Minimalist: Weber Smokey Joe Silver Charcoal Grill
You don’t need tons of attachments or accessories to turn out perfect burgers and brats, just a reliable grill. It’s hard to go wrong with Weber’s 14½-inch charcoal grill. It’s easy to use, clean, and transportable. A porcelain enameled coating makes it rust resistant, so this piece of equipment will last you a lifetime. Be sure to pick up a chimney starter as well, because it’s the best tool to get the charcoal blazing hot. We like GrillPro’s simple model.
2. The Barbecue Guru: Char-Griller Smokin Pro Charcoal Grill and Smoker
If your go-to football food tends toward slowly smoked foods, Char-Griller’s combination grill and smoker is the ultimate tailgating equipment. It can do hot dogs and hamburgers as well as any grill, but the attached smoker box makes it ideal for smoking ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. The temperature gauge give you precise measurements, which takes the guesswork out of smoking. A convenient storage rack makes it easy to set up all your tools and seasonings for a full day of barbecuing. Just give the nonstick grate a quick clean at the end of the day, and you’ll be good to go for the next game. Order one here.
3. The Safety Obsessed: Meco Aussie Deluxe Electric Cart Grill
Guys who have kids running around might not want to risk dealing with live flames. Some men might want to avoid it due to buzzed fans who act like they’re small children. For the grilling experience without needing to keep a fire-extinguisher glued to your side, try an electric grill from Meco. This is a small, but versatile, tool that even operates as a rotisserie for some of the juiciest chicken you’ll ever eat. Foldable tables give you shelf space while you’re prepping, then easily pack away for storage. Another good reason to give electric a go? If you get rained out, this grill is perfectly safe to use inside. You can get yours here.
4. The Traveling Fan: Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill
Every team has a handful of dedicated fans who follow them to even the most rural, obscure locations. Lugging around a heavy piece of cooking equipment just isn’t practical for mobile fans, so we suggest they try this portable model from Coleman. Cast-iron grates give a great sear without causing foods to stick and the heating system provides steady heat no matter how cold it gets. When you’re done for the day, it folds into a compact shape that’s as easy to wheel around as a suitcase. Get a Coleman here.
5. The Guy Who Wants it All: Dyna-Glo Dual Fuel Grill
For some guys, tailgating is better than the actual game. If you’d rather spend the entire day whipping out culinary delights for a crowd, this monster grill from Dyna-Glo is could be exactly what you need. You get the ease of propane grilling, but also the taste of charcoal when you want it. With a 952-square-inch cooking surface, it’s large enough to grill 38 burgers at the same time. You can even adjust the level of the charcoal with a crank for ultimate precision. Buy the Dyna-Glo grill here.
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