Smallest Barbecue Options: Top Picks of 2017!

by | Oct 11, 2017 | Reviews

The obligation of owning a large grill was out of the question for us. Our small space required something small in size, which could fit well in our real estate and our minds. We discarded the idea of getting one repeatedly but eventually made up our mind to get one. Since then, we never looked back.

If you’re like us here at BarbequeSmoked, you enjoy being outdoors. These small grills are perfect for people on the go who need something simply for hiking and camping without having to deal with the weight of a larger grill. Let’s take a look at some of the products we’ve used over the years.

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Product


Out&Joy

Set


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Texsport

Over Fire


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WolfWise

Folding


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Smoke Hollow

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Price$$$$
Rating4.9 Stars4.3 Stars4.8 Stars4.0 Stars
Dimensions11 x 2.4 x 16 inches16” x 12” or 24” x 16” or 36” x 18”15.79 x 9.2 x 33.19 inches16.5 x 12.25 x 26.5 inches
MaterialMetalStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless Steel
Weight3.9 lbs7 lbs16.8 lbs22 lbs

Summary Tables

The Smallest Grill Options of 2017!

1. Out&Joy Small BBQ Grill Set

Our Rating:  4.9 Stars (4.9/5)
Extra Tool Set
Easy Setup  
Weight 3.9 lbs

This mini grill has everything going its way. This isn’t to say that it’s perfect in all ways. There is a thing or two that you might not like about this grill. Hang on! We have handy explanations to justify our statements. Without taking absurdly long, let’s discuss everything in this product review.

Product Features:

The grill isn’t an incompetent piece of equipment shipped your way. It actually comes with all the tools and materials needed to run the grill and enjoy the day. It’s built to be ultra-useful and sturdy.

Moreover, it’s very easy to use this camping grill. It fires up quickly and keeps the charcoal burning efficiently for long with no extra efforts from your end. Better yet, it can accommodate everything from a quick meal to a dinner party and everything else in between.

In Use:

To begin with, the design of the grill is definitely praise-worthy. Right off the box, we could tell that it’s smartly constructed. Better yet, it required very little time for setup. Furthermore, it had all the tools to enjoy a nice barbecue outside.

We have cooked all kinds of meals on this unit with great results. Believe it or not, 6 to 8 pieces of charcoal keeps the unit hot for numerous hours. Furthermore, its small size can be deceptive. We have perpetually used it to cook food for 4-5 people.

During our camping tours, this grill has lived under our RV. So, we can vouch for the fact that it can take quite a bit of hit. Yes, this little guy has made many of our camping trips a major success.

Pros:

Due to its compact size, storing the grill won’t prove to be a pain in the butt. The grill folds flat like a book. One can easily slide it back to the canvas case. So, it will barely take any storage room. Therefore, it’s perfect for families with limited spaces.

Cleaning this grill is also easy. Since it’s lightweight, it can be effortlessly hauled from one place to another without any fuss. Having dealt with bulky grills in the past, this one felt like it weighed nothing.

Cons:

The product arrives with a traveling bag. Although the grill is high-quality, the bag isn’t the best. It’s also a tad bit small in length. So, you might not be its fan.

Overall, the grill is impressive for its price point. It’s ideal for guys who are always on the move. They can simply leave this grill in the back of their car trunk and completely forget about it.

2. Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Small Camp Grill

Our Rating: 4.3 Stars (4.3/5)
Material  Stainless Steel
Dimensions  16” x 12” or 24” x 16” or 36” x 18”
Weight 7 lbs

This grill could prove to be the ideal gateway for heavy duty grilling without the ‘drag’ associated with owning a large grill. Yes, this grill is built to make outdoor feasts a hassle-free affair. To know more about this smallest grill, let’s dig into the product review.

Product Features:

The Texsport Heavy Duty Camp Grill is created to accommodate open fire. It’s made from a solid steel frame. The overall production quality is quite good. So, it can serve one for years to come.

The product is sold in three different sizes. You can set case iron cookware and cook on it. The majority of the campers will find the weight and the cooking surface of this grill just right. Now, let’s see how it treated us.

In Use:

The grill worked great for direct cooking under the fire. The best part is that it fitted every pit fire we tried on it. So, it was quite a liberating thing for us. Better yet, it heated evenly, and it cleaned up well too. Moreover, it chills within minutes of discarding the fire. The collapsible legs enabled easy storage.

Also, we must admit that the workmanship on this grill is quite impressive. We have been using this grill fairly regularly for over a year, and it’s still going strong without any visible signs of wear and tear. Of course, the paint has come off a little bit, but that doesn’t impact its usability.

Pros:

Storage won’t remain the utmost concern with this grill because of its small size. Better yet, the underneath legs can be folded for compact storage. It becomes easy to embrace a product when storage isn’t a problem.

Unlike other products in the same spectrum, the legs of this grill are quite sturdy. They aren’t loose like the inferior ones out there, and they stay in position at all times.

Cons:

We found the legs to be tab bit smaller. It would have been great if it was any longer. Also, it’s not a large grill, so don’t expect to feed a crowd with this mini grill. It will suffice to cook meals for 3-4 people at max.

Overall, the Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill is very convenient to use, clean, and haul. For its price and functionality, you can get it without any arguments.

3. WolfWise Small Folding Grill

Our Rating: 4.8 Stars (4.8/5)
Material Stainless Steel
Dimensions 15.79 x 9.2 x 33.19 inches
Weight 16.8 lbs

This is one of the smallest grills out there, which is perfect for camping, picnic, park visit, beach, or home use. This product will give you surefire access to awesome grilled foods on the go without throwing an arm and a leg. Let’s review this product in depth to know more about it.

Product Features:

Expect heavy duty industrial grade stainless steel construction on the grill. It’s a strong message that the grill is built to last. Given the strength and durability, one could expect a compromise on weight, which is not the case here. The grill weighs only 4.41lbs.

Unlike the competition, this portable grill features an independent charcoal tray, which enables one to easily add charcoal. The tray slides out to allow a person to add charcoal conveniently.

Furthermore, the product doesn’t require any tool for assembly. Nor is it required to hire a professional. It comes with an instruction manual that can help one get started within minutes. Also, the product features double side air intake.

In Use:

When the product reaches your door, it might surprise you. It comes inside a nice carry bag. It’s crazy to believe that a decent size grill could easily fit inside such a small pouch. It’s only when you open the bag, you realize how collapsible this unit really is.

It’s damn easy to set this thing up. We used to carry it to our designated camping site and set it up at a safe spot within no time. Yes, you can forget about the long and annoying setup process. We have cooked both veggies and meat on this grill. Believe it or not, we never had to throw any food that came out of this tool.

Pros:

Easy setup is one of the hallmarks of this product. It’s smartly designed to make the setup process a breeze. Also, the feet of the grill is highly adjustable, so you can place the grill for cooking on uneven surfaces too.

It weighs only 4lbs, so it can be moved around easily even by a teenager. Since it’s fully-foldable, you can take it anywhere without any struggle. Of course, you can use this grill at home. You don’t have to necessarily carry it with you.

Cons:

The price seems to be a tad bit on the higher side of the spectrum. Make no mistake, the grill offers great value for money. However, not many people out there may have a high-end budget for some of the smallest grills out there. Overall, it’s worth getting this grill to serve the needs of 2-3 people.

4. Smoke Hollow Small Propane Gas Grill

Our Rating: 4.0 Stars (4.0/5)
 Material Stainless Steel
Dimensions 16.5 x 12.25 x 26.5 inches
Weight 22 lbs

The Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel TableTop Propane Gas Grill is an ideal choice for individuals who don’t want to restrict themselves to barbequing in the backyard. Yes, this portable grill can make your on-the-go grilling wishes come true. Let’s get to know more about this grill including its pros and cons.

Product Features:

It features a unique locking hood to prevent undesirable spills. Furthermore, the construction of this grill is next to none in its class. Also, it features a temperature gauge to help you measure the temperature inside the hood to prevent overcooking or undercooking of the food.

Better yet, it offers a generous cooking space of 305 square inches. With 12,000 BTU, one can expect good performance for a portable grill. It’s perfect for tailgating, little leagues, picnic, and other events.

In Use:

Right off the box, we liked the outside appearance. The inner working did live up to the expectations as well. The grill generates enough heat to cook all kinds of food. Furthermore, we love the fact that it offers plenty of cooking area. The grill can feed 5 to 6 people at a time.

The compact size and lightweight makes it easy for us to carry this unit at various places without too much of a fuss. So far, it has been happily doing its job. Overall, we found it to be a splendid little grill.

Pros:

It’s sharp looking and made from high-quality stainless steel. Furthermore, the grill works well. Also, it lights up nicely and the legs can be folded for convenient transportation and storage. When the legs are folded, it doesn’t look any bigger than a cooler.

Unlike the competition, this Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Grill has a U shape burner, which ensures uniform heat while cooking. So, one won’t have to keep rotating the food to the center of the cooking surface all the time.

Cons:

The heat can escape if you keep the grill open for too long to check on the food. Also, some customers have reported that the ignition fails to light up at first attempt over a period of time.

In some cases, one might have to make numerous attempts to fire the grill. Although these instances are rare, it’s advisable to be prepared for such minor hiccups down the road.

Overall, this grill has been road-tested by tens and thousands of individuals out there. The majority of them consider it to be a hit. Given all the features and positive reviews, this grill is definitely worth getting.

Final Thoughts on the Small Grill Options

This tiny round-up will walk you through a short brief on each of the reviewed products above. Basically, it will help you cut corners and come up with a purchase decision in a moment’s notice. So, let’s press on with the summary.

If you need something that’s compact, easy to use, foldable, and extremely functional, you can’t go wrong with the Out&Joy BBQ Grill Set. For the price point, this mini grill can easily scare the majority of its competition.

If you need a small grill that’s perfect for camping in all seasons, the Texsport Heavy Duty Camp Grill could prove to be a safe bet for you. It can be more satisfying than the other grills out there that cost far more than this one.

Especially great for travel, the WolfWise Portable Folding Stainless Steel Charcoal Grill is compact, lightweight, and durable. Furthermore, it’s easy to clean and carry. If you are willing to spend a little more than usual for a quality product, you can’t go wrong with the WolfWise Portable Folding Stainless Steel Charcoal Grill.

If you are looking for powerhouse grill in the smallest grill category, the Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel TableTop Propane Gas Grill should fit the bill for you. The product is lightweight, versatile, durable, and functional. On the whole, it’s ideal for those who are looking for a large cooking space in a small grill.

Billy StewartBilly Stewart

Founder of BarbequeSmoked.com

My dad is a true mans man, and has owned a number of grills. Ranging from gas to charcoal. Growing up with him allowed me to see what different types of rubs, spices, brines, etc went into making the best BBQ. Although my dad was a truck driver, and I had a degree in Information Technology I knew that I wanted to do something about grilling and our recipes.  That’s where Barbeque Smoked comes in.

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