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Best Charcoal Grills

Kamado Joe KJ23RHC Classic II Charcoal Grill
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There's nothing wrong with a little stove and oven action, but the kitchen can get old after awhile. A nice cookout on the grill is a great change not only for the household cook, but also for the whole family. Bring dinnertime outdoors with a classic charcoal grill. We've lined up the best choices so you can decide which one works for you and get your grill on. 

Staff Favorite

Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill

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Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill

Keeping it classic

A classic kettle charcoal grill is the standard of good old-fashioned backyard barbecues. This is the one my family had growing up and it couldn't be easier to light up and use. Even though it's lightweight and easy to move around, the rounded shape allows for a pretty large grilling space; up to 13 burgers fit on this bad boy at once!

Best Splurge

Kamado Joe Classic II Charcoal Grill

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Kamado Joe Classic II Charcoal Grill

For fancy grilling connoisseurs

For serious grill chefs, you can't do better than Kamado Joe. This ultra-modern grilling machine features different cooking surfaces on multiple levels so you can make various foods at different temperatures, all at the same time. Exact temperature control and a cast iron cart allow for precision and perfection in every cookout.

Most Portable

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill

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Everdure by Heston Blumenthal CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill

Perfect for camping

Frequent campers and road-trippers will love the convenience of the CUBE portable grill. The 17" box-shaped grill is lightweight enough to bring along, but it provides a surprising 115 sq. inches of grilling surface area. The CUBE is also easy to clean and store, so it'll never be the headache that some larger grills turn out to be. Just open it, light it up, grill it, and go.

Cook your food the old-fashioned way

If you're ready to take dinnertime outside, a charcoal grill is the perfect solution. It's a natural, old-fashioned way to cook up some grub, and there's no better way to add glorious flavor to your meats and vegetables. Your family will thank you! 

My personal favorite is the Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill because it's simple, inexpensive, and so easy to use. I grew up with this grill and can attest that it puts out a mighty fine steak, burger, and hot dog. If you prefer something a little more upscale and precise, look into the ultra-fancy Kamado Joe. This modern machine will certainly take your grilling to a new level of gourmet. Go over the pros and cons of the choices above; one of them will surely be a perfect fit for your grilling skills.