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If you're preparing for a tailgate and don't have a way to reheat your food, try making one of these dishes.
I was recently tasked with preparing food for an outdoor tailgate, but was faced with a major dilemma: The space had no grill, no outlets for plugged-in appliances, and obviously no refrigerator. So, everything I made would have to meet two requirements: It had to be prepared ahead of time and needed to be delicious without being reheated.
I scoured Pinterest for inspiration, but everything that came up required a slow cooker, grill, or stove. If you're like me and all you're working with is your imagination and a cooler, we've got you covered:
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Tart Apple-Hazelnut Chicken Salad
Rotisserie chicken makes preparation a breeze, but feel free to use any leftover cooked chicken you have on hand. Keep it in your cooler and serve over a bed of greens or with a side of multigrain crackers for a satisfying meal.
Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas
Crunchy roasted chickpeas are a cinch to make and take only about 40 minutes from start to finish. They make for a satisfying salty snack that’s high in protein and fiber. To ensure the crunchiest texture, pat the chickpeas dry before tossing with oil. You can play around with other spices for different flavor combinations—try smoked paprika and cumin, Madras curry powder, or even cinnamon and powdered sugar. Store your chickpeas in Tupperware to keep 'em crunchy.
Savory Potato Salad
Simpler and tastier than many old-fashioned potato salads, this version features a fresh lemon-and-oil-based dressing instead of a mayo-laden dressing. The anchovy paste lends a deep umami hit that’s not fishy, just savory.
Cheesy Sausage Balls
To make ahead, cover and refrigerate unbaked balls up to 24 hours; bake before the game and seal them in Tupperware until you're ready to serve.
White Chocolate Cherry Popcorn Balls
Photo: Courtesy of Oxmoor House
Individual desserts like these popcorn balls are absolutely perfect for tailgates. Who wants to cut and plate cake or scoop ice cream when you're trying to prep for the big game? Not us.
The classic Cobb salad is transformed brilliantly here, thanks to a dressing-inspired sauce of tangy yogurt, canola mayo, and buttermilk—bake your pizza the morning of the game and store in Tupperware until ready to serve. If you don't like cold or room-temperature pizza, are you even human?
Spicy, Barely Sweet Supercrunch Granola
We set about creating a supremely crunchy, irresistible granola that feels almost more like party mix than granola but still contains all those great whole grains. Here’s the result: a lightly sweetened crunchfest with a nice hit of spicy heat. The granola stores well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.
Barbados Rum Punch
Use your favorite gold or amber rum, and make sure to purchase a good-quality, low-sugar ginger ale, such as Fever-Tree, because the kick of spice works in concert with lime to balance the sweetness.
Zesty Green Goddess Dip
Because fresh herbs are increasingly available, you can make this tangy, peppery dip year-round. Keep your dip and sliced veggies in tupperware in your cooler until you're ready to serve.
Sesame-Soy Nut and Pretzel Mix
Our healthier version of traditional party snack mix gives you all the salt, crunch, and bold spices of the original with the addition of whole-grain popcorn, toasty whole-wheat cereal, and spicy wasabi peas. The peas inspired an Asian track with toasty sesame oil and reduced-sodium soy sauce, cashews, and pungent ground ginger.
Spiced Whiskey Sour
Five-spice powder turns the classic whiskey sour into something special. You can double, triple, or quadruple the spiced sugar syrup and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
Creamy Black Pepper Coleslaw
Cutting the cabbage coarsely gives the dish a different look from shredded-cabbage slaws. A full teaspoon of black pepper lends pleasant warm heat without overpowering. Make the dish up to one day ahead if you like—the veggies will stay crisp and the flavors will meld as the slaw chills.
Best Stainless Steel Grill [ Updated 2019 ] – A Great Alternative for The Traditional Designs
It’s true that a grill is a must-have accessory that you should build to recharge the battery. However, you cannot build a monster outdoor grill that will be extremely hard to move around. Therefore, you have to find another one to replace this idea.
After having researched on various sources, I found that the stainless steel grill is the best alternative for the huge and bulky traditional grills. This material still guarantees for the great properties of durability and heat resistance so that you can comfortably enjoy your intense baking time. Plus, this type of grill features the higher portability and lightweight for easy transferring.
With the collection below, I’m sure that you can get what you really need right now. However, because this is somehow like the introduction of these grills, you won’t find some information about how to choose a right one, or some reputable brands you should consider. Therefore, to acquire that knowledge, you can consult my buying guide article.
1. Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 Portable TRU-Infrared Liquid Propane Gas Grill
You must love the rugged appearance of this portable BBQ grill. The product has a cast aluminum shell which makes it look very sturdy, strong and bulky to stand with the great heat during baking perfectly. However, this one is quite lightweight, about 20 pounds, so you can easily carry it by holding the two firmly mounted ergonomic handles. Or else, purchase the separate case to store and transfer it flawlessly.
Besides, the grill can provide you with the great space to serve for at least 4 people in one time. The baking room is about 200sq inches to accommodate three huge chicken breasts or up to 4-5 red meats along with some vegetables at the same time. Plus, the grate work greatly to prevent the flare-ups and make some black sear marks on your food to get it much tastier.
The sturdy and thick domed lid can help redirect the heat perfectly to your food to bake them more evenly. Plus, there is a built-in gauge to show you the current temp inside for easy keeping track your food. You can comfortably place it on the table without worrying about the drips because it also has a tray to trap them greatly.
Moreover, the four strong feet can help the grill stand firmly even on a huge rough rock. However, during baking, the feet can become much warm and hot, so you can put a cardboard underneath to prevent any marks on your table.
I feel quite upset about one drawback of the grill which is the limited range of temperature control. Therefore, I sometimes struggle with some foods being just going to burn, especially the fatty ones.
50 Fall Appetizers to Make for Any Occasion
Make these crowd-pleasing finger foods for your next dinner party, or for whenever.
If you're looking for something delicious and fun to eat for dinner, for a snack, or to munch on while chatting with guests, then you are more than likely looking for an appetizer. And luckily, autumn offers many ingredients and flavors that work perfectly as flavorful fall appetizers. Apples, cheese, ham, and all the rich, warming, stick-to-your ribs foods that feel a little too much in the summer are now happily back on the menu. And there are so many menus in the fall.
Any one of these plates would be perfect for a Halloween party. Or, if you're in charge of the Thanksgiving menu this year, whip one up to serve while you're busy preparing the turkey, baking the pies, and serving up all the sides. Or maybe you're hosting a fall dinner party. Your guests will enjoy snacking on these bites while they sip a fall cocktail and wait for supper to be served. If you're a sports fan, any one of these recipes would make for easy tailgating recipe ideas. And sometimes you just need a little snack to eat before making a fall dinner for your family, and one of these dishes would be a yummy pre-supper bite. This list is filled with such a variety of inventive ideas&mdashincluding some super easy party dip recipes&mdashthat both kids and adults will enjoy these plates. These hors d'oeuvres are so delicious, your family will be asking you to make them all season long. Now that we've gotten you hungry, scroll through this list to get all the recipe inspiration you need this fall.
MGoBBQ: Salt Block Grilling (and a Contest)
It rhymes with “Santana”. It’s amazing. It’s at your local Kroger’s, Meijer’s, Busch’s, and hundreds of other stores. Seriously pick up some Sriracha Carrot and maybe White Bean for tomorrow’s game. Seriously.]
The wait is over. The season kicks off in a few days and we can officially fire up the tailgate gear. If you are coming down here to the Dallas area, don’t forget your cowboy hats, leather chaps and spurs. We’d like to thank Matt from Lantana Hummus for sponsoring this years recipes and providing some fantastic goodies to munch on during halftime. It’s going to be a fun one, you can bet on that. We’ve added a new toy to the GOBLUEBBQ grilling arsenal for this season and she needs a name. Name the pit and receive VIP coupons for free hummus and a bag of Lump Charcoal from Fogo. Here are a few pics of the new pit. If you are coming down for the game, check us out in LOT 11 as we are doing a little tailgating for the opener.
Now onto the first weeks recipe, or should I say technique. This is a cool little way to fire up some protein more than a recipe. It’s cooking on a himalayan salt block. This can be done on a gas grill, charcoal grill or even on your gas stovetop. The salt block can also be used a serving plate for hot or cold foods. I’ve read where it has some sort of nutritional and spiritual benefits, but I use it because it’s a little different than just tossing meats on a grill. Today, we fired up the gas grill and had some scallops, ribeye and sausages laying around. We also found a hunk of grilling cheese in the back of the MGOFRIDGE.
[hit THE JUMP if you’ve had lunch today. If not…um…you may not want to see this on an empty stomach]
Place your salt block on the grill prior to lighting the burners/coals. You want the salt block to heat up slowly. If you throw a room temp salt block on a super hot surface, it could crack, so heat it up along with the grill. We went HIGH heat on this for about 30 mins. We got the salt block up to about 450 degrees at one point. The hotter, the better for this one.
Once the block is up to temp, you can use it to cook anything. This will add a little salt flavor to your foods, so remember that when you are seasoning the meats. We went all proteins on this one, but could have also added some veggies. They are great on a salt block with asparagus being my favorite.
We tossed on a few scallops to start and seasoned them with a salt-less rub. The sausages didn’t need any rub as they were spicy enough. These went for about 3 mins on the first side and got some nice color and char. We flipped and went to an internal temp of 130 degrees. The scallops can be topped with some melted butter or enjoyed as is.
As these are heating up, grab some pretzel chips and your favorite Lantana Hummus and start dippin’.
The sausages will also get some nice char on them after only a few minutes. You will see the juices start to form under the meat and sizzle as your cooking YUMMMMM. We also tried the grilling cheese that everyone loved last year. You can find this in most grocery stores these days. Whole Foods always has a nice hunk of Halloumi cheese laying around. Buy it and grill it. It’s fantastic.
While you are there, grab a few ribeye and toss them on the hot block.
I will admit, I prefer the reverse sear method for cooking my steaks, but this was pretty cool. We went to 130 degrees internal and let it rest for a perfect medium rare. The flavor was good and tenderness was spot on. You can also use this salt block as your serving tray which gives you that “WOW" Factor when serving to your guests. Just slice and serve.
All of the meats had a little extra salt flavoring from the block, but not too much. I love the presentation on this one. You can also stick the salt block in the freezer and use it to mix your homemade ice cream on or use it as a chilled serving platter. Or even a cold coaster for your barley pop. The options are endless on this one. It’s really just a salty pan that you can cook on. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Mushrooms and shrimp are up next on the salt block.
For those heading down to Dallas for the opener, we will be tailgating in LOT 11. Look for the “Yet to be named” smoker and stop by. We will have plenty of great food and drinks for sure. Look for the Maize and Blue smoke stack. Cant wait to meet you. Also, Submit a name for the new pit in the comments. Winner gets some cool free stuff. GO BLUE.
Design and Features
Constructed of steel and stainless steel, the AS300 has a durable look and feel. The exterior chamber is matte black and the lid and legs come in four finishes: Apple Red, Cinder Black, Pine Green, or Tahoe Blue. The lid has a chrome handle and can be fastened to the chamber using two heavy-duty spring-loaded clamps. Inside is a hopper that holds up to four pounds of pellets, a 14-by-13-inch (WD) cooking rack, and a smaller 12.5-by-5.5-inch detachable upper rack.
At 17.5 by 24.8 by 14.4 inches (HWD), this grill will easily fit on a tailgate or picnic table, and its 45-pound weight is manageable as long as you don&rsquot have to carry it too far. It offers a total of 256 square inches of cooking area, with the main grill providing 191 square inches of that space. That&rsquos enough room to accommodate one rack of ribs, a good-sized chicken, eight burgers, or twelve hot dogs.
The AS300 grill uses the same type of auger drive and hot pot mechanisms used on the Traeger Ranger, Ironwood, and Timberline grills. Pellets drop from the hopper into the auger and are slowly fed into a hot pot with a heating rod where they are ignited and burned as fuel. A draft fan helps maintain an even temperature throughout the cooking chamber.
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Traeger Ranger Pellet Grill
As with the Traeger Ranger, the AS300 is ideal for tailgating, camping, and other portable applications, but isn't designed for 10-12 hour smoking sessions as the firepot becomes filled with ash and needs to be cleaned out. For marathon smoking sessions, you&rsquoll be better off with a bigger model such as the Traeger Ironwood 650.
The front of the AS300 holds a temperature control dial, a small color LED panel, and a temperature probe port, and there&rsquos a grease port on the right side. The grill comes with a probe, a main cooking rack, an upper cooking rack, a broiler plate and broiler slider, and a small grease bucket that hangs off the port on the side. The LED panel displays the current and set chamber temperature, and has a color gauge that tells you how close you are to your set temperature. It also has a No Pellet warning LED, as well as LEDS that tell you if the auger motor and fan are running.
A dial is used to turn the grill on and off and set the chamber temperature. The lowest setting, labeled Smoke, sets the temperature to 180 degrees Fahrenheit and the next setting is 200 degrees. After that it goes to 225, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 475, and High (500 degrees). You don&rsquot get the precise temperature control that you get with the Traeger Ranger, which lets you set the temperature in 5-degree increments. You also don&rsquot get any timers, preheating alerts, or warming modes on this grill. Moreover, the ASmoke is devoid of smart tech&mdashit doesn&rsquot offer Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity, and it doesn&rsquot have a mobile app. Everything is controlled manually at the dial.
ASmoke sells pellets for $29.99 for a 5-pound bag and $49.99 for a 20-pound bag, and as of this writing it only offer Apple wood pellets. That&rsquos significantly more expensive than Traeger&rsquos pellets, which generally go for $19 per 20-pound bag. Fortunately, you can use third-party pellets in the AS300 if you want to save some money and experiment with different smoke flavorings such as Cherry, Hickory, and Mesquite wood.
Best Portable Pellet Grill
There’s a huge variety of portable pellet grills on the market, so picking the right match for you can be difficult.
In our portable pellet grill reviews, we have chosen a range of options with different features and price points – so you’re sure to find your ideal model.
Traeger Tailgater Portable Pellet Grills
For deliciously grilled food on the go, the Traeger Tailgater is well worth a look. This model features a compact design with collapsible, wheeled legs for easy portability. You can use it with the legs extended, or while they’re folded up. This makes it especially good for tailgating parties.
The Traeger Tailgater offers 300 square-inches of grill space, so there’s plenty of room to cook 12 burgers, 3 racks of ribs or 2 whole chickens at once. The 8-pound hopper provides enough capacity to cook for between 2.5-5 hours, depending on the temperature you set it at.
Thanks to the “digital arc” controller, the temperature controls are very precise, allowing you to set the heat in 5-degree increments up to 450℉ for perfectly cooked results. This model is very simple to use, even if you’re a beginner. All you need to do is set in and forget it, and in a few hours you and your companions can enjoy succulent meats with a gentle smoked flavor.
There’s a built-in meat probe that comes in handy if you’re unsure your meat is cooked thoroughly, and we also like that this model has a keep warm setting, so your food doesn’t go cold if you’re not ready to eat yet.
As the grill surface is porcelain-coated, this portable pellet grill is durable and easy to clean. Any excess fat drains through the grill grates and into the grease management bucket beneath, so all you have to do is tip it out and wipe the grill when you’re done.
The only drawback to this model is that it’s pretty heavy despite its compact dimensions. This isn’t a dealbreaker, but it means you’ll be unlikely to manage it single-handed.
Overall, this model is a great choice for outdoor cooking with loved ones. It’s well-built, simple to use and the cleverly-designed folding legs make it easy to transport.
Z Grills ZPG-7002E Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker
Another excellent choice for your next trip is the Z Grills ZPG-7002E Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker. Featuring a versatile design, this model can smoke, grill, bake, roast, barbecue and braise all in one.
Ideal for the biggest gatherings, the Z Grills ZPG-7002E Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker boasts a huge grilling surface area of 700 square-inches. Of course, as it has such a large capacity, this model is a little less portable than others on our list, but it does have wheeled legs so you can move it around unhindered.
Due to its size, this model can cook up to 6 racks of ribs and 5 whole chickens at once. The wooden pellet hopper has a generous 20 pound capacity, which is enough to keep the heat going all day long without any refills, so you can grill, smoke or roast for as long as you want. The heavy-duty lid has a great seal, too, so the heat stays in when closed.
Thanks to its stainless-steel construction, the Z Grills ZPG-7002E is very durable and will easily withstand the rigors of transport and outdoor cooking. It starts up at the push of a button, and the digital temperature controls allow you to set the heat level to between 160 and 450 ℉ and forget about it. As it cooks, this pellet grill will monitor the temperature and ensure it stays within 10-degrees of your desired setting, so you won’t have to check on it every few minutes.
Once you’ve enjoyed your meal, the integrated grease collection system makes it easy to clean up afterward. And if you don’t have anywhere sheltered to store this pellet grill out of season, the free waterproof cover will ensure it stays well protected during bad weather.
Green Mountain Davy Crockett WiFi Control Portable Wood Pellet Grill
If you like your smart gadgets, then this wifi enabled model from Green Mountain Grills could be your perfect match. The Davy Crockett WiFi Control Portable Wood Pellet Grill is packed with hi-tech features that make grilling on the go a breeze.
The stand out feature of this model is its wireless temperature controls. Without leaving your seat, you can preset or adjust the cooking temperature to within 1-degree using your smartphone or tablet. This means you can sit and enjoy a drink with your camping companions and not have to check on the grill temp every few minutes. That said, if you prefer the old-fashioned way of doing things, you can make use of the manual control panel – which allows you to set the temperature in 5-degree increments.
Great for camping, tailgating or RVing, this portable pellet grill can be powered from a car battery, external generator or cigarette outlet with the included power adaptors. It features a good-sized 219 square-inch grilling area and has a 9 pound pellet hopper that can fuel the grill for several hours. It has a temperature range of between 160 and 550℉, so you can cook all of your favorites and more.
We like that this model comes with additional useful features, such as a built-in meat probe and a handy tray with hooks to hand your grilling tools within easy reach. There’s also a grease collection bucket underneath the base for simple cleanup.
The Green Mountain Davy Crockett weighs just 68 pounds, which is pretty lightweight for a pellet grill packed with features. The legs also fold down for easy transportation and storage, so you can bring it along in your trunk on your next trip.
Overall, this model is a fantastic choice for hands-off grilling at the tap of a screen. The Wifi controls are intuitive to use and sure to be the envy of your grilling friends, but if your cell phone runs out of charge, you can still get stuck in and use the range manual controls, too.
Camp Chef Pursuit Portable Pellet Grill
Next up on our list of the best portable pellet grills, we have the Camp Chef Pursuit Portable Pellet Grill. This popular model boasts an impressive 501 square-inches of cooking space, all packed into a compact and portable design.
One of the best features of this pellet grill PID digital controller. This ensures consistent temperatures throughout your cooking time for perfect results. There’s also adjustable smoke settings so you can tweak the intensity of smokey flavor and a built-in meat probe to prevent any guesswork.
The cooking temperature range of between 160 and 500⁰F gives you flexibility in your meal options. You can choose to cook low and slow for tender meats that fall off the bone, or use the “Slide and Grill” direct flame technology for a fast and hot sear at 650⁰F.
The pellet hopper has a capacity of 10 pounds, which for a portable pellet grill, is plenty large enough to keep you cooking for hours. The grill body is made from stainless-steel for a durable, relatively lightweight finish that won’t rust over time.
In terms of portability, this pellet grill features collapsible, folding legs (which double as a handle) and wheels – so you can easily take it with you on your adventures. The hopper lid also locks securely to keep the contents safe during transport. Cleaning up is a breeze, too – thanks to the integrated ash clean-out and grease collection system.
To sum up, it’s difficult to find fault with this model. If you’re looking for a versatile pellet grill that offers plenty of cooking space, has an impressive temperature range and is easy to transport, the Camp Chef Pursuit has everything you need.
PIT BOSS Portable Wood Pellet Grill
Another worthy choice is the PIT BOSS Portable Wood Pellet Grill. This model features a 387 square-inch cooking area and versatile temperature range, all packed into a compact and portable design.
The PIT BOSS grill grate is made from cast iron with a porcelain coating, so you can be sure that it’s durable, resistant to rust and your food won’t get stuck. It can cook at temperatures between 180°F and 500°F and features digital controls for ease of use. There’s even a built-in meat probe, so you can be certain that your meat is thoroughly cooked through before serving.
The 19 pound pellet hopper offers enough capacity to keep the heat going for hours, so there’s plenty of time to cook for everyone without needing to refill. Food is cooked evenly and efficiently, thanks to the fan convection technology and you can opt for direct or indirect heat as desired. We also like that the latching hood seals securely to keep the heat and smoke inside for optimum flavor.
The exterior of this portable pellet grill is crafted from lightweight, premium gauge stainless-steel for toughness without weighing you down. The foldable legs with attached wheels and side handle make the entire unit simple to transport, and it will easily fit in your car trunk, RV or even aboard an ATV to your chosen grilling spot in the fresh air.
All in all, this model is an excellent option for outdoor cooking with groups of friends and family. The grill space is large enough to cater to several people, and the hard-wearing construction, generous hopper capacity, temperature range and portability features make it a worthy choice for any passionate grillmaster.
REC TEC WiFi Enabled Portable Wood Pellet Grill
Last on our list we have the REC TEC WiFi Enabled Portable Wood Pellet Grill. Another hi-tech option, this model boasts WIFI capabilities for hands-off temperature controls and convenience cooking.
This model has a cooking area of 340 square-inches, so you have enough space to fit up to 3 racks of ribs for yourself and plenty of guests. The main body and cooking grates are crafted from top-quality, 304-grade stainless steel, which keeps the overall weight down without compromising on durability.
With a temperature range of between 200°F and 500°F, this portable pellet grill is powerful enough to cook whatever you wish. The temperature can be set in precise, 5-degree increments, either remotely or directly for accurate cooking, and the WIFI technology enables you to adjust the heat from your seat by the campfire. It also comes with two built-in meat probes, so you can be absolutely certain your food is cooked before handing it to your campmates.
The pellet hopper can hold 20 pounds, which is an impressive amount for a portable grill. We also like that the lid of the hopper is a flat surface, so you can opt to use it as a handy side shelf for food preparation and utensils.
This portable pellet grill has foldable legs that sit flush with the base of the grill when folded to save storage space. The wheels are well-built and tough enough to handle bumpy ground, and the built-in side handle makes it easy to tow this model along behind you to your destination.
As an added bonus, the REC TEC WiFi Enabled Portable Wood Pellet Grill is also available as a starter pack that includes two mesh grilling mats, pellets and a high-quality grill cover, so you have almost everything you need to get started.
Buyer’s Guide to Buying the Best Portable Griddle
If you’re new to griddles, deciding which model is best for you can be difficult.
In our in-depth buying guide, we break down the most important features to look out for, so you can make your purchase with confidence.
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Budget is usually one of the top considerations we have in mind when purchasing new outdoor equipment. Luckily, there’s such a wide range of portable griddles to choose from, no matter your budget, you should be able to find a good match.
That said, it’s important to think about how you plan to use your table top griddle before deciding on a particular model. If you’re only likely to use it a few times a year, does it really make sense to go for the most expensive one you can afford, when a cheaper option would do the job just fine?
On the other hand, if you’re an avid camper, hiker or RV owner and hit the road on a regular basis, we would recommend choosing the absolute best model in your price range. Keep in mind that this isn’t always the priciest choice, though. Take another look over our best portable griddle reviews to find the right match for you.
Griddle Surface Area
After price, griddle surface area is the next big consideration.
Ask yourself how many people you’re likely to cook for on a regular basis. If you’re just grilling for yourself, your partner and a couple of friends, there’s no point in opting for a large model. This will just reduce the portability and you’ll end up with lots of wasted space. In this case, we recommend going for a model that has around 225 square-inches of griddle space.
However, if you’re a fan of tailgating or are expecting to cook for groups of friends and family, you should look for a model that offers at least 300 square-inches of cooking space.
Size, Weight & Portability
Of course, when shopping for a portable griddle for camping, hiking or days out on the beach weight, size and overall portability are key features to keep in mind.
You should make sure to choose a model that is compact and lightweight enough for you to store and transport comfortably. Otherwise, you’ll be less likely to want to use it.
Many portable flat top grills have a tabletop design which is particularly easy to carry with you to your destination and will fit into your car trunk without any issues. You should look for one which has sturdy carry handles so you can get a good grip on it.
Other models feature a collapsible design, so you can extend the legs during use but fold them down for transport and storage. These types of portable griddles are often more comfortable to use than tabletop models if you don’t have a suitable solid surface to place them on. However, they also usually take up more space when in storage.
We recommend looking for one that has wheeled legs and built-in handles, so you have the option of pulling it behind you rather than carrying it.
Number of Burners
Just like griddle space, the number of burners you’ll need depends on how you intend to use your portable griddle.
We would recommend opting for a model that has at least two burners. This allows you to cook a full meal at once, as you can set a high heat on one burner, for meats and fish, and a lower heat on the other for side dishes such as vegetables. Alternatively, you can use one burner on low as a “keep warm zone” so your food doesn’t go cold once cooked.
Portable griddles rarely have more than three burners, otherwise, they wouldn’t be very portable! Models with three burners are the best option if you plan to cook for larger groups of friends and family, so everyone can enjoy their food together at the same time.
Efficient heat distribution is crucial to avoid hot and cold spots that cause uneven cooking.
To ensure your table top griddle has good heat distribution, you should look for models that use high-quality, heat-conductive materials for the griddle plate. The best options are cold-rolled steel and stainless steel. Some models may also have a protective coating, such as porcelain, which can also enhance heat distribution across the griddle.
We also recommend looking for models which have a thick griddle plate for more consistent heat in all areas.
Temp Ranges & Temp Control
Unlike electric models, gas griddles don’t have temperature settings. Instead, you can adjust the heat level by twisting the dials on the control panel and turning up the flames.
If you’re looking for high-powered cooking, the most reliable feature to keep in mind is “BTU’s” or “British Thermal Units”. This unit of output should be given for all gas griddles and tells you how powerful the burners are. The higher the BTU the hotter the griddle can get.
We recommend 18,000 BTU as a minimum, but if you want fast and hot cooking you should look for a model that offers a higher BTU of between 22 and 28,000.
Spicy, Sweet, and Smoky Oven Ribs with Double-Dill Pickles
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Grilled or barbecued ribs are always delicious, but if you don’t have a grill or smoker, oven braised or baked ribs are just as good. This easy Cajun-influenced rib recipe for the oven, from New Orleans chef Isaac Toups, employs a couple smoky spices for the rub and braises the ribs with beer, honey, and hot sauce. They’re served with double-dill pickles to cut through the richness of the meat. (The method of making the pickles is genius and you’ll have plenty extra for sandwiches and snacks.)
See a video demo of the recipe for more pointers, check out our guide to the best baby back ribs and spare ribs ever, and don’t forget the best rib sides to serve along with your meaty masterpiece.
Shopping Note: Aleppo pepper has a smoky flavor but if you can’t find it, you can substitute more smoked paprika or chili powder if need be.
Game Plan: Make the pickles at least a day in advance, if not more like a week they’ll keep a while and taste good with lots of other things.
BTU's what are they exactly?
What in the world is a BTU anyway? BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and is used in North America as a way to measure energy output. One BTU is equivalent to the energy released by burning one match.
Most household kitchen burners are around 10,000 BTU&rsquos.
For basic cooking needs and cooking for only a few people, we recommend that you look for a cooking system that has burners that put out at least around 10,000 BTU/hr. This is about the minimum amount of heat to use in these cooking settings.
Most of our cooking system&rsquos burners feature output of 30,000 BTU/hr each. If you&rsquore cooking for a family or larger groups, we recommend a two or three burner cooking system in which each burner features 30,000 BTU&rsquos. The heat produced by these cooking systems as well as the cooking area supplied, will make greatly simplify your cooking tasks. These burners also supply enough heat for canning needs as well.
A couple of our cooking systems feature high-output burners that pump out 60,000 BTU/hr each. That&rsquos a ton of power! These are best for use with home brewing, high capacity boiling, and use in extreme cold temperatures. Camp Chef does not recommend the use of griddles, grill boxes, or pizza ovens on 60,000 BTU burners. The higher output can cause warping of griddles and can burn out grill boxes.
Whether you&rsquore tailgating, camping, or just doing some backyard grilling, the ASmoke Portable Pellet Grill is small enough to fit on a tabletop and makes it easy to cook delicious food with a smoky wood-fired flavor. Simply fill the hopper with pellets, select your desired temperature, and relax while the AS300 maintains your ideal smoking, baking, or roasting temperature. You don&rsquot get any smart features or timers with it, and temperature settings are somewhat limited, but it does a fantastic job of infusing a nice smoky flavor into whatever you're cooking. That said, we slightly prefer the Traeger Ranger, which offers more precise temperature settings, a cooking timer, and a mode that keeps your food warm, but it costs $100 more.
If money is no object and you want to take your smoking skills to a professional level, check out the Traeger Ironwood 650, a big smoker that offers 650 square inches of cooking space. It's outfitted with all the bells and whistles you can think of, including Wi-Fi connectivity, a multi-speed fan, a killer mobile app, and a huge library of recipes that can be programmed right into the grill.