Use some of the best grills and tools to cook outside every way you please.

By Megan Soll
July 03, 2019
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The 4th of July is right around the corner and summer is in full swing, so it’s prime time for one of our favorite activities: grilling. It’s hard to choose one “best” grill as we like different styles for different reasons, so we’ve rounded up several options to fit every need and grilling style. Looking for an everyday workhorse? Get a classic Weber. Rather try your hand at becoming a serious BBQ master? Get your hands on a wood pellet grill and smoker. Our Senior Food Editor Mary-Frances Heck shared some of the best grilling equipment she’s used. Read on for some of our favorite grills you can buy, and what to make with them.


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The Classic Weber Kettle Grill


An easy top pick for a charcoal grill, the classic Weber can do pretty much everything you’d really want a grill for, and more. Though propane grills are bigger and easy to ignite, the flavor that comes from those heated coals is frankly just better (try grilling pizza, you’ll thank us later). Not sure how to get the coals going quickly? A charcoal chimney ($17 at Amazon) is the best method.

Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, $165 at .com

The Pit Barrel


Step it up with a multi-function pit barrel, meant for doing it all. There’s a fire pit function, warming rack, regular barbecue pit, as well as a tall section for hanging cuts of meat of your choice and smoking them to perfection. It can also be dismantled to function as a portable grill for tailgates, the park or even the beach.

EasyGO Big Bad Barrel Pit Charcoal Barbeque 5 in 1, $179 at .com

Related: 8 Tips for Grilling a la Plancha

Weber Smoker


The lid, bowl and center of this smoker are all porcelain enameled so they won’t rust or peel. There’s a temperature monitor so you can tailor the heat to your exact needs, and it comes in three sizes depending on how much capacity you need. (See: Pork Shoulder Recipes)

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 18 Inch, $329 at .com

The PK Grill