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Spring is in the Air – Break out the Tabletop Grill

Spring is the perfect time to get started on the long summer season of barbecued meals served in the great outdoors. Perhaps you already have a big gas or charcoal grill out on the patio, but what about when you want to go on a picnic? Those big grills are perfect for cooking in the backyard, but are not exactly portable. Thankfully today there is a huge market for top quality tabletop grills that fit in the trunk of your car or back of your SUV. You can use them to cook amazing meals at the local park, the baseball field, or out on the balcony of your apartment. Here are three of the most popular tabletop grills on the market today:


Weber Jumbo Joe Gold


This 18 inch round tabletop grill from world leading grill manufacturer Weber is one of the most popular on the market. The whole grill goes from box to ready to use in less than 20 minutes, and can be used to cook everything from burgers and steaks to vegetarian kabobs. All you have to do is add charcoal, light, and wait for the coals to get hot. The Jumbo Joe features 240 sq. inches of cooking space on a chrome plated stainless steel grate. Fully assembled the Jumbo Joe weighs in at 20 pounds making it easily portable. The domed shape helps to keep the heat in and radiate it back evenly to whatever you happen to be cooking.


Coleman RoadTrip LXE


The Coleman RoadTrip LXE heats with propane rather than with charcoal making it a little less messy to carry around. While not exactly a tabletop model as it does come with its own stand, you can fold the stand up and use it on the nearest picnic table.  The RoadTrip offers 285 sq. inches of easy cleaning porcelain coated cooking space. There are two 10,000 BTU burners designed to provide plenty of even heat to your food. When folded up the entire grill measures a mere 36 x 22 x 13 inches, perfect for your SUV or car trunk.


Cuisinart All-Foods

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The Cuisinart All-Foods 12,000 BTU portable outdoor tabletop propane gas grill offers you a combination of outstanding performance along with the convenience of being fully portable. A single loop burner rated at a full 12,000 BTU lets you cook everything from burgers to salmon with ease. This burner can provide you with temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which is more than most grills. With 240 sq. inches of porcelain coated cooking space, there is plenty of room to cook your favorite dishes. One side of the grill is flat which is perfect for leaving grill marks on steaks or chicken, the other side is rounded for use with more delicate foods such as fish. Comes with two 10 inch fold outside trays to make meal preparation easier and weighs in at only 35 pounds.


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