Get Yourself A Grill – Check Out These Charcoal BBQ Grills

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Charcoal BBQ Grills

Which grill suits you best?

 A great cookout can be enjoyed by all sorts of folks. But in order to get the party going, it all starts with the grill. And we here at believe that authentic cookouts are only achieved by cooking with charcoal. Therefore, in this post we’re going to take a look at some bbq charcoal grills that will satisfy the needs of you budding outdoor chefs.

 A personal grill is a sacred thing. When you have yours, it becomes the tool that will feed the family and/or circle of friends for years to come. As a newbie, you want to give some thought to your intended objectives up front, because that will determine how you approach your decision.

  • Is this going to be the first grill you’ve ever bought?

  • Are you single? Do you invite the crew over for different activities?

  • Do you already have a family? If so, how big are your events/gatherings?

  • Will your grill see constant use, or is it only for the mandatory backyard holidays?

  • What will you cook? Burgers, Dogs, and Steak – or a wide variety of stuff?

 Please don’t fret about this decision. The point of the above questions are simply to function as a guide for considering your needs. For instance, if you plan on remaining a bachelor for some years, then you may need something a little more personal. On the other hand, maybe you’ve already got yourself a family (I do). Maybe you also intend to have more kids someday. If that’s the case, factor it into your decision-making. Also, if you don’t mind hosting 4th of July cookouts and fight parties and such, then you may want to think about something else entirely. Get my point? Good, let’s take a look at some grills.


A Look at Some BBQ Charcoal Grills

 This first grill is the American original. Weber is an iconic name that has some fierce brand loyalty to it. Trust me, if you think I’m passionate about grilling, talk to some Weber folks. You’ll see how seriously many grillmasters take their barbecue in a hurry.


Weber Charcoal BBQ Grill

The American Icon.

This is the Weber 741001 Silver One-Touch 22-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill. Weber has a well earned reputation of making a grill that can last for many years. This grill is a high quality investment that’s made in the USA. This kettle grill comes equipped with

  • 363 square inches of total cooking space

  • A 22-1/2-inch-diameter plated-steel cooking grate and rust-resistant vents

  • A Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with glass-reinforced nylon handles

  • An aluminum ash catcher, and

  • Weber’s aluminized-steel One-Touch cleaning system


This next grill is the Char-Griller 2123 Wrangler 640 Square Inch Charcoal Grill / Smoker. It’s almost identical to the grill I have, except mine has four cast iron grates instead of three. This piece of equipment may not have the Weber name, but don’t let that fool you. Here is a quality grill in its own right that gives you the flexibility to do some smoking. What I particularly like are the cast iron grill grates. They can be a hassle to clean (and you must care for them properly, because they can rust), but food cooks up amazingly on them.

The Char Griller grill/smoker

There’s a soft spot in my heart for this baby.

 Making this your personal grill would be a good decision indeed. The char griller features

  • An airtight flanged hood with heat gauge (also on the hood)

  • Features 635 inches of cooking space–435-square-inch main grill plus 200-square-inch warming rack

  • 3 shelves for storing utensils, spices, and sauces

  • Cast iron grates distribute heat evenly and lock in flavor, and

  • Its made with a heavy gauge steel with double bottom


This grill comes from the Meco corporation. You may know them as the guys that make the folding chairs, or for their grills. Interestingly enough, for most of my time growing up when I thought of a charcoal grill, these guys’ product is what I pictured in my mind’s eye.

Meco Charcoal BBQ Grill

The classic Meco grill


 To be honest with you, I consider this more of a ‘starter grill’. I mean its fine for a single guy or gal that wants to barbecue occasionally, alone or with a couple of friends. It’s fine for that. However, if you plan on really throwing down, you may want to look into other options. That being said, this is a great tailgating or beach option. And there are plenty of folks that swear by these grills. I am confident you can decide for yourself. These babies are

  • Easy to take anywhere charcoal grill for fast starts and quick cleanup at events

  • Comes with 3 position cooking grid grills rare and well done simultaneously

  • Have 342-square-inches of nickel plated grilling surface and elevated fire grate

  • They have stay cool knobs and adjustable air vents, and

  • 2 handy folding wood side tables (you have to put that together yourself)


Next, we have a Kamado type charcoal bbq grill. For those who are unfamiliar, Kamado style grills have a very ancient and rich history. Originally out of Japan, these grills are famous for their egg shape and blazing hot cooking temperatures. What makes these grills noteworthy is that they are typically made with a ceramic shell casing that can insulate your food and cook it with efficiency. Did I mention that these bad boys get hot (600+ degrees)?

Char-Griller Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker BBQ Charcoal Grill

Take BBQ grilling to a whole new level.

 With that information in mind, be prepared to make a serious investment – these grills can go as high as FOUR GRAND. However, we are talking about getting you your first grill of your very own. We ain’t looking to buy a used car! Take a look at this Char-Griller Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker. It represents an excellent value and will still deliver reliably on Kamado style grilling. This grill has

  • A cooking space is 306-inch and a warm rack of 165-inches

  • Has an insulated design, which means more heat – uses less charcoal (and less airflow means insulated heat for juicy meat)

  • The cooking surface is cast iron and will hold up to 23 burgers

  • Cart is constructed of tubular steel with rubber wheels

  • It features locking lid, two folding wood shelves, easy dump ash pan, double wall insulation, heat gauge


And last, but not least is a nostalgia pick. Have you ever enjoyed a cookout with your family in a beach or park? If you have, then you will instantly recognize this baby. That cast iron grill from the public park!

Park-Style Charcoal BBQ Grill

Believe it or not, you can have one of your very own.

 I tell you what – if you want to get people talking, invite them to a barbecue at your house and cook the meal on this sucker. If you don’t get points for originality, throw those fools out! Anyhow, feel free to learn the old school way if you like.



 Now these models we’ve reviewed represent the different classes of charcoal bbq grills that are currently on the market. Which type you decide to go with is entirely up to you. The most important thing is the get yourself something that can sustain your cookout lifestyle. Good luck, and as always Happy Grilling!


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11 thoughts on “Get Yourself A Grill – Check Out These Charcoal BBQ Grills

  1. Max says:

    I love this article. I actually have to brands of grill I’m partial to–Weber and Broil King. I think both offer great value for money. My family and I grill year-round and we absolutely love the taste of charcoal-grilled foods; however, our last one gave up the ghost year before last (it was a no-name anyway), so we have been making do with a propane grill.

    I miss my charcoal!

    • Otis says:

      Ah, you must fix that my friend! For my way of thinkin, if you want to eat a meal off a gas grill, then cook in the kitchen on your stove. Charcoal is reserved for the great outdoors. It brings us back to our kinship with our forefathers, and outdoor grilling is just really fun.

  2. Ben says:

    Wow! Great information on those grills, especially the Kamado type. I’m not sure how much steak or chicken you can get on one of those, but I’ll bet it does a heck of a job!

    • Otis says:

      Yes, those Kamados are something. I’m seriously thinking about getting myself one, but I also really want a dedicated smoker. Oh well. I guess I’ll be that guy with a charcoal bbq grill showroom in his backyard.

  3. Ryan Ibara says:

    Great article, you certainly know your grills, and even though I am not currently on the market for grills, I really enjoyed reading and will make a more informed decision when I decide to get one!

    • Otis says:

      Glad you enjoy the site Mike. And yes, outdoor cooking is with charcoal (or lump). But definitely not gas. That’s my personal opinion.

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