When we started traveling full-time, over a year and a half ago, I bequeathed my beloved Weber kettle grill to my sister. I figured it would be too cumbersome to pack, haul and set up. You know, with all the charcoal, the chimney, and just figuring out where to put the kettle. Over the last year and a half, we purchased a 22″ Blackstone griddle and a small propane smoker.
Now, I have not tried every smoker/grill out there, but I can tell you for certain that, any propane cooker is going to be a challenge with any amount of wind. This was my biggest challenge with cooking/smoking while camping. We had some very successful meals over the past year and a half with these two appliances, but we also had plenty of occasions that we just decided to cook indoors, because of a little wind.
After traveling back home for the holidays, I saw the ole Weber kettle sitting in my parents garage. My sister left it there when we hit the road. It hadn’t even been touched since we left. I decided then, that it was time to get reacquainted with my old friend. After our first cook on the ole kettle, we all realized what we’ve been missing!
When you live in a 300 square foot space, with a family, all of your tools and appliances have to be versatile and sometimes serve more than one purpose. This is where I believe the kettle grill shines. You can cook using so many different methods with just a kettle, some charcoal and some wood for smoking. This is something the griddle or propane smoker couldn’t give us.
If you camp, own a camper, or live in one and travel, give the kettle grill a hard look. Hindsight being 20/20, I would have passed on all the other outdoor cooking appliances and started off with the ole kettle. Now, it’s always with us, traveling around the country, grilling and smoking food that is popular in the areas we are exploring. –grill on!