Summer is coming! We’re already thinking of pool parties, beach days, and summer barbecues. Elevate your next vacation, day trip, or outdoor activity with a portable barbecue to bring great food along to your summer social gatherings. Portable grills are not just great for people on the go– they also work well for small spaces such as patios or backyards. Whatever you choose to use your new grill for, stay prepared with all the essentials and accessories you might need for a delicious, fun outdoor event.
We’ve compiled a list of everything you might need to have the perfect portable grilling experience.
To begin, you’ll need a portable grill. That may seem obvious, but there’s tons of things to consider before you make your purchase. You’ll want to make sure that your new grill fits comfortably in your vehicle. If you’ll be traveling in a car, you’ll want to look for a compact appliance or portable propane option that will be able to feed yourself and a few people. If you are traveling in an RV, you might have a little more space. Look for grills you can install directly in your vehicle so you can create an easy-to-use outdoor kitchen wherever you decide to set up camp. There are a variety of portable grills and smokers for every budget, allowing anyone to find the perfect style for their next beach bonfire, camping trip, or backyard BBQ party.
Consider the Time and Location
Before you head out on your next adventure, consider the time and location of your event. You don’t want your next grill excursion to be ruined by poor planning! Make sure to set your grill up far away from flammable items like trees and bushes, and know the time it takes to warm up your grill so everything can run smoothly.
Consider element exposure, too– if you’ll be grilling in the heat of the day, bring along a canopy, tent, or fan alongside your grilling supplies. If you’ll be preparing your food in the evening, make sure you have blankets or outdoor heaters on hand to keep guests warm as the temperatures drop.
Bring a Fuel Source
When creating the perfect outdoor barbecue, you’ll want to consider and make sure to pack the fuel source of your portable grill. You’ll typically have a few options– gas or charcoal. Gas is by far the most convenient. Once you attach your fuel source to the grill, you’ll be able to start cooking right away. Using gas is a great way to control the temperature of the grill for consistent cooking results, and for smaller grills on the go, compact propane canisters help.
You can also consider using charcoal to power your portable grill. While this option might be a little more work up front, it does produce a more flavorful result for your favorite meats and veggies. It also requires minimal upkeep– once started, it will last a long time. This means there will be more time for creating special memories with your loved ones.
Your Favorite Foods and Utensils
Whether you’re bringing your portable grill to a camping trip, sports tournament, or tailgate, you’d be surprised at the different types of foods you’ll be able to cook outdoors. Consider your family’s tastes, and plan accordingly. We love a classic hamburger and hotdogs combo, but you can get creative with beer can chicken or bacon-wrapped jalapenos. For dessert, make classic cookout s’mores or grill delicious fruit and cake kabobs.
Make sure you bring utensils along too– cups, napkins, silverware, and grilling accessories like a spatula, tongs and a grill fork are must haves.
Emergency Supplies and Disposal
Part of the fun of unplugging and going off-grid is being prepared for the unexpected. Make sure you’re prepared in case of a sudden weather change, fire, or other emergency. Pack a fire extinguisher or keep a water bucket or hose near at hand in case of any wayward fire. You’ll also want to consider clean-up– detach your portable gas container and grab a grill brush, scraper and dish cloth. While the grates are still warm, use your brush to scrape away any burnt food or other residue from your grill. As it cools, use dish soap and water to wash the grates and then wipe them dry.
Cleaning your grill regularly ensures that it will stay in good condition for any future trips you might take.
Portable grills are a great way to elevate your outdoor cooking and are easy to transport in a camper van, RV, or car. Bring along your favorite foods and delight your guests and families with a delicious meal cooked in the great outdoors. Make sweet memories with family and friends this summer and consider our packing list for a perfect portable grill experience!