I freaked out a bit when Char-Broil stopped making my favorite cheap-ass BBQ grill, but this morning I found it for sale under the “BBQ Pro” name. Whew! While there are certainly better — and more expensive — grills out there, this is my favorite. I paid under $50 for mine on sale, and I can easily grill steaks, potatoes, and vegetables for four on it — and even have a place to sit my food tray and tongs while I’m drinking beer.
Why is this my favorite, you ask? Many reasons: first, the side shelves rock. While the “molded in tool hangers” are useless, you’ll use the hell out of the shelves. I also love the fact that unlike most “kettle” grills, the volume of the closed grill is much smaller in relation to the size of the grate itself, making it easier to control temperature. And it’s got a removable ash can — no more dragging the grill out into the yard to dump it over!
Anyway, if you want to jump on my bandwagon and try one of these out, don’t buy it from Sears right now. $100 is way the hell overpriced for this grill, but you can find it for as low as $80 right now at other online stores, and if you wait until the sales hit at the big-box retailers, you can snag one as cheap as I did.
PS: If you notice ’em on sale, email me. I want to put one away in storage.