Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Do you carry a portable grill on your RV trips? If so, what type?

Mmmm… Burgers on the grill, BBQ chicken over charcoal… can’t you just smell it? For many RVers, cooking outside at the campsite is one of the joys of camping. A few pine needles dropping into your beverage of choice from the trees above never hurt anyone, right?

The worst is when you’re sitting at your campsite, just before dinner, and your neighbor starts grilling burgers or BBQ chicken and the smell starts to waft its way over. Then you really start drooling!

Do you carry a portable grill with you on your RV trips? If you do, what type is it? Please tell us in the poll below.

Oh, and if you missed Gail Marsh’s article last week about the best tin foil packet meals (they’re so easy to make!), check it out here. Happy grillin’!

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Terri R (@guest_120589)
2 years ago

Charcoal 100% for us. Small kettle grill when just us, large kettle grill for groups & sometimes even the full size smoker. Love that DH does the mains while traveling….

Ed Day (@guest_120389)
2 years ago

Actually I carry a Traeger PTG Smoker Grill that’s hardwood fired, I’ve got smoked chicken down to near perfection and I’m working on Ribs and I’m going to try a small Turkey next Thanksgiving.

Neal Davis (@guest_119735)
2 years ago

We carry a propane-powered Weber grill.

William Nance (@guest_119734)
2 years ago

We carry a 22” dual burner Blackstone griddle and added the optional hinged top and canvas cover.

Craig M (@guest_119732)
2 years ago

Missing one option. Some of us have pellet grills or other types of small smokers.

dave (@guest_119727)
2 years ago

You forgot electric and woodfire grills. Best steaks are charred over a open woodfire grill. Yup, I’m one of those, I carry 5.

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_119725)
2 years ago

I have a small Weber charcoal grill. Even throw the griddle on it to make eggs or pancakes. Sometimes I use it for a campfire. I also have a single burner propane stove but have never used it. The only fire restriction in the northeast is no outside burning until mid May but burning wood in a BBQ is OK.

Marty (@guest_119722)
2 years ago

Needed another option as we carry a pellet grill that runs on electricity and cooks the food with wood smoke from the pellets.

Marci Burton (@guest_119915)
2 years ago
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Tommy Molnar (@guest_119720)
2 years ago

While I much prefer charcoal over propane, we found several years ago that many camping areas do not allow any kind of “open flame” other than propane. Even statewide rules in some cases! We had my trusty and much loved charcoal grill with us – and couldn’t use it. Had to make a quick trip to Wally World on our way to the next camp and bought a cheapo gas grill – which turned out to work pretty well. Just yesterday I bought another gas grill (again at Wally World) which is smaller in footprint. No huge carry handles sticking out on two sides and the propane connector sticks out less as well. The issue is how much room I have in the bed of our tow vehicle.

Before sinking to Wally World I first checked Home Depot and Lowe’s, and then Sportsman’s Warehouse. They just didn’t have one that made sense to my situation. Darned Wally World had the one I needed. Drat.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do, Tommy. 🙄 I’m glad you found one, and hope it works well for you. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at

Edward Thomas (@guest_119718)
2 years ago

We have a TT with an out door kitchen with a 2 burner stove that I use a cast iron smooth griddle to cook on. We also have a Weber baby Q for grilling hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. Both tie into the gas lines in the TT. Been cooking that way for several years.

Sink Jaxon (@guest_119717)
2 years ago

Weber Q…cooks perfectly and quickly

George Paschal (@guest_119713)
2 years ago

We use a Coleman Road trip. It works great and is easy to fold down into its carry case

Jim Knoch (@guest_119709)
2 years ago

My usual grill is a tabletop electric grill. It is a Wally-world special and has served us well for around 5 years thus far … not bad for a $35 investment! My favorite feature is the ease of tearing it down to clean it after cooking 10lbs of chicken leg quarters. I store it in a garbage bag in the under the bed storage area.

DW/ND (@guest_119714)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Knoch

That’s what we use too Jim – it is excellent with an easy clean-up surface. Used ours about 8 years now – highly recommend it. Electric plug disconnects so it can be submerged too!

David Stansbury (@guest_119707)
2 years ago

Wishin’ we had a Blackstone flat grill, but can’t justify cost/use for 2 people.

David Stansbury (@guest_119706)
2 years ago

Weber for charcoal, propane grill that ties into the RV system.

Donald E Baker (@guest_119702)
2 years ago

You left out another alternative.
I have a Traeger Wood Pellet grill. works as a grill, an oven, and a smoker all in one.
Love it!!

Don (@guest_119705)
2 years ago
Reply to  Donald E Baker

I have a large heavy Traeger at home for pork butts and baby back ribs capable of 30 lbs at a time that is an awesome smoker, but didn’t know Traeger made one small enough for travel. I will definitely need to look in to a portable Traeger.

Robin (@guest_119700)
2 years ago


David Telenko (@guest_119699)
2 years ago

We use one from Costco, it works great for us. But usually use the campfire. We build the fire pit oblong, one end for cooking & the other for light & heat. We have a large 24″ X 48″ grill for cooking, it’s used by several people at a time. We camp with several members of our Jeep club, usually in the boonies so not to bother others with the delicious smell of our cooking.

Jeff Arthur (@guest_119688)
2 years ago

Weber Q , Weber 18” kettle & grill grate for fire pit. Have a camp chef but it’s just to large & heavy.
In the past I only did fire pit cooking but due to firewood restrictions went to charcoal.

Drew (@guest_119686)
2 years ago

We have a Smoke Hollow. It’s a few pounds lighter than the Weber it replaced and I like using much more. When I bought it the price was around $75- they’re now around $100 or so.

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