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Top 10 Grills for Tailgating

Support your team with one of these grills for the best party of the season


Every fall thousands of fans pour into parking lots and parks to support their favorite team by throwing a serious party before the game. These grills will give you the cooking power to do some serious tailgating no matter the sport or the time of year. On this list you will find both the large and the small, the expensive and economical. You will also find charcoal and propane grills here so read the whole list to find the grill that is right for you and your situation.

1. GoGalley Portable Kitchen

GoGalley Portable Tailgating Kitchen
It isn't hard to find a product that will grill up some steaks in the tailgating lot, but suppose the menu includes smoked ribs, a fried turkey, and three dozen burgers. The GoGalley is a complete cooker that binds together a full sized 4-burner gas grill, 25,000 BTU sunken side burner, and 6,000 BTU box style gas smoker. Mounted on a mechanical winch, this cooker fold up into a box shaped unit that lifts up on the tailgate of most any vehicle so it can be taken virtually anywhere. This is a highly unique product and certain to be the envy of all those others standing around the tailgating lot. It is an investment at around $1,700, but for those who insist on being able to cook it all, anywhere, this is the only product of its kind on the market.

2. Party King Grills Swing 'N Smoke MVP-8400 Tailgate Grill

Party King Grills Swing 'N Smoke MVP-8400 Tailgate Grill
Party King Grills

This is a trailer hitch mounted 3-burner propane gas grill on a swing arm that not only lets you tote your grill pretty much anywhere but swings away from your vehicle far enough to open a tailgate or access your trunk. The Party King MVP-8400 grill is built for tailgating but can be used as a standard patio grill. Not only do you get the swing arm mounting, but this grill can be put on an optional cart and used year round. While okay as a patio grill it is a large, powerful tailgating grill that will let you grill up more than just the typical burgers and dogs.

3. Epicoa Seven Skewer Silver

Epicoa Seven Skewer Silver
Epicoa Rotisseries, Inc.
If Q, the James Bond weapons maker, was invited to a cookout, he might show up with one of these. This is a 7-skewer, charcoal fired, Brazilian style rotisserie cooker, that folds up into a metal suitcase. Literally in minutes you can set this unit up, light the charcoal, and start cooking. Pull off the skewers and just like in the Brazilian steakhouses you can walk around carving steak, sausages, vegetables, and pineapple onto peoples plates. Of course at around $900USD this isn't an inexpensive solution to churrascaria style cooking, but it certainly is cool.

4. Broil King Steel Keg

Big Steel Keg Charcoal Grill
Onward Manufacturing Company
The Broil King Steel Keg is so closely modeled on the size and shape of the Big Green Egg that grates and accessories are interchangeable, yet this metal version has some truly impressive innovative features and design. Capable of hitting very high temperatures while staying cool on the outside with great temperature control, this grill really is an amazing unit. You can even mount it onto your trailer hitch and take it tailgating, something you would have trouble doing with similar ceramic kamado cookers. While a great grilling grill there are some small problems with the design that might give you issues.

5. Weber Smokey Joe Silver

Weber Smoky Joe Gold Portable Charcoal Grill
Weber-Stephen Products Co.

This is the classic portable charcoal grill that sits on more little patios than nearly any other grill in history. At a price under $50 UDS, this mini-Weber kettle grill is perfect for the person who doesn't have enough space for a big grill but still wants great grilling. This unit may not be able to grill a lot of steaks but it does a great job with anything you put on it. Simply put this is a great little grill, but it is very little and you need to make sure you put it on a stable surface.

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6. Blacktop 360 Party Hub

Blacktop 360
Blacktop 360
When cooking away from home you either take several pieces of equipment to use, or one that has it all. Usually, a do it all portable grill has interchangeable components like a grill, a griddle, and perhaps a pot warmer. Often these components were sold separately. The Blacktop 360 is a round, gas powered cooker with a grill, a griddle, a deep fryer, and a warming space. This provides the versatility that lets this unit do practically everything that one might want while away from the house. The limitation is, that by dividing up the space, this grill ends up as more of a sampler of these cooking methods.

7. Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared

Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared Gas Grill
Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc.

Imagine the power of an infrared grill in a portable. This 14,000 BTU infrared grill packs more heat than any other portable grill and at 20 pounds you can take it almost anywhere. All stainless steel construction you can even get this grill in marine quality steel with a railing mount for boating. 155 square inches of grilling area. Uses either disposable propane bottles or can be converted to a full 20 pound tank or even natural gas.

8. Cobb Premier Grill

Cobb Grill BBQ Cooking System
Cobb America, Inc.

The Cobb grill has been repeatedly praised as one of the most unique and versatile portable grills on the market. This unit will run on eight charcoal briquettes for up to three hours, will never flare-up, and can cook a whole chicken as easily as burgers. Light weight, easy to light and operate, this grill is perfect for virtually every outing. It doesn't even get hot on the exterior so you can pick it up while cooking to move it. The only real draw back is the relative small size. The cooking area is a little under 12 inches and doesn't give you a lot of space. Other than that this is a great little grill.

9. The Orion Cooker

Orion Cooker
Orion Cooker

Describing what The Orion Cooker is may be the most difficult thing about it. Basically this is a charcoal fired roasting oven. The completely enclosed cooking chamber completely separates the flame from the food. This does not mean that you can not add smoke flavor and it does not mean that this is no better than your oven at cooking everything from racks of ribs (8 at a time) to whole turkeys. This is a great "cooker" for large meals, tailgating and for getting foods cooked quickly (a 20 pound turkey in 2 1/2 hours). So while not a grill or a smoker, it is definitely a good cooker.

10. Weber Q-220 Portable Grill

Weber Q 220 Portable Gas Grill
Weber-Stephen Products Company

This portable grill is a master of design. It packs up to be less than 32 inches long, yet it's seven inch lid means this grill is big enough to cook a whole chicken. It uses standard 14 ounce propane tanks (not included) and has a 280 square-inch porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grate that's almost big enough to be called a full sized grill. At under $200 this grill has Weber's durability and a unique design that has won awards. Not only a great grill to cook on, it's cool looking too.

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