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Confirm your searing desires

The Heat is On: 10 Best Grills

Summer is bearing down fast, and no man passes up the opportunity to get outside and burn some meat (ok, and perhaps a vegetable or two). It is, simply, an integral summer experience, whether enjoyed in the backyard, at a tailgate, in the campsite or on your tiny urban front step.

My dad had a saying: “When it’s burning, it’s cooking. When it’s black it’s done.” This might explain the lack of repeat visitors, but maybe it was the limited tools he had to work with that contributed to his cynical approach to backyard grilling. With any of the 10 excellent grills here, you’ll not only find the right one to suit your particular needs — everything from searing steaks, to cooking a pair of burgers, to smoking an entire pig — you’ll guarantee a line around the block for your ‘cue, and a long list of friends who won’t stop asking when you’re having them over again.

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For the love of the grill

American Craftsmanship from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

What separates the store bought grill in your backyard from the $10,000+ meatcraft carriers made by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet? The fine folks at Gizmodo brought this video to our attention that addresses this exact question. Watch, drool and learn the key points well — because you’ll need some help convincing your better half to unlock the door after blowing junior’s first semester tuition on 500+ glorious square inches of meat-searing goodness.

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Cooler Cookout

Eva Solo Grill Globe

Your average summer BBQ involves dealing with fire, smoke, charcoal, sweaty brows and thick cuts of meat. It’s a manly task that requires tools capable of withstanding plenty of torture and testosterone — but who decided aesthetics had to sit on the back burner? Thankfully, Eva Solo, a Danish firm, wants to bring sexy, sophisticated…

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Definitely not smoke and mirrors

Yoder Smokers YS640 Pellet Cooker

Good BBQ is a thing of legend and separates the “great neighbors” from “those people down the block”. Be the hero of your street this season with the Yoder Smokers Pellet Series YS640 ($1,299). Yoder makes competition grade grills in a hotbed of BBQ excellence, Kansas. The YS640 Pellet Smoker is Yoder’s solution for the…

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BBQ Meets the Autobahn

Brennwagen GTX 1500 Grill and Smoker

German engineers have made countless innovations in the automotive world, and hold a reputation as some of the best in the business. The question is, do these technical skills translate to BBQ? Brennwagen is a relatively new company, founded in 2010 by former Formula 1 engineer Florian Wagner. A quick look at his grill’s low…

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Bring the bar to you

Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar

Think of the Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar ($11,300) as a graduate degree in outdoor drinking. The mobile party center features an integrated kegerator, 8kg of ice storage, and customizable tops for adding everything from a gas-powered grill to extra serving areas. Thanks its four sturdy wheels and a specially designed refrigeration system, there’s also…

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Trifecta anyone?

Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grill

Why choose between gas, charcoal, or wood when buying a grill, when you can have all three? That’s the holy trinity the new Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grilling System ($10,000+) offers. The magic happens via special drawers installed above the grill’s main gas burners, which can be filled with either wood or charcoal and lit from…

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Follow That Grill!

Element Portable Gas Grill by Fuego

The Element Portable ($150) is Fuego’s latest gorgeous grilling creation. Not only is it small, but it’s cleverly designed aluminum legs also fold up to become a convenient handle for easy toting, while a huge red rubber band ensures the lid stays in place. A shoulder strap is also available — making the Element Portable…

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Where Grilling Meets German Efficiency

Bob Grillson Holzpellet Grill

Meat searing monuments like the Weber Ranch Kettle charcoal grill will always hold a special place in our carnivore hearts, but there’s something strangely attractive about the idyllic vision of grilling painted by the Holzpellet grill from Bob Grillson ($7,470). Ok, so maybe it’s just this German beauty’s magnetizing lines. Or maybe it’s just Bob’s…

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Tops at Tailgates

La Caja China #1

The National Football League is in full swing and, if you’re like us, you are sprinting towards mid-season-tailgating form. So let us be the first to tell you that La Caja China #1 Aluminum grill ($320) is the surest way to obtain pro-status. Because a sizable crowd makes any tailgate more fun, La Caja China…

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Just Add Meat

Grill ‘N Chill Tailgater with Draft System

There are grills and then there are grills. The Grill ‘N Chill Tailgater with Draft System ($3,500) might be more accurately described as a party on wheels though (make that chassis). Yes, it will cook your meat thanks to a whopping 24,000 BTU infrared-grill that achieves searing heat in 3 minutes flat, but there’s more…

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Better Than Anything You Could Write In

Direct Designs Notebook Grill

When the calendar turns to August, the sports world looks pretty bleak. Yes baseball is in full swing, and NFL training camps are underway, but there isn’t much else to occupy our interests. Fortunately, it does bring us one step closer to September, and with September comes football and tailgating (a.k.a. pure joy). In preparation…

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The Next Best Thing to An Open Flame

Breville Smart Grill and Griddle

While the word grill typical inspires visions like this in our head, there’s something to be said for having an electric version on standby just in case. They’re also a great appliance for those short on space who want an alternative to broiling or pan frying. The Breville Smart Grill ($310) is a good option…

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Green Is The Color Of Grilling Cred

The Big Green Egg

By Gear Patrol Reader Jack Woods: It’s late afternoon. You’re strolling around whatever town you calling home these days, looking great in your J. Crew denim shirt, Henschel Hat, Thorogood Moc Toe Boots, wielding the Swiss+ Tech Utili-key XT 8-in-1 in your pocket, when that familiar cattle prod jolt to your hunger sensors has your…

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Turn Up the Heat with Some California Cool

Element Grill by Fuego

When it comes to buying a grill, there’s no doubt that your primary concern is finding a unit that can get the job done. Every man needs a deckhand that will help him sear, char, and grill with the greatest of ease and aplomb. Now, thanks to Fuego and their new Element Grill, there’s no…

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Jim Beam Cooler and Grill Set

From the SEC to the PAC 10 and at every Podunk U in between, you’ll find that the most rabid, ravenous fans begin to show their team pride long before kickoff. The true fan prepares his parking lot conquest with the dedication and abandon of a coach who knows he’s one loss away from getting…

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Fuego 02 Grill

What would a grill look like if Apple made it? The Fuego 02 grill might be a pretty close representation of that. The Fuego 02 grill is designed by Robert Brunner, former industrial designer at Apple. The 25×33 inch grill lacks nothing in the area of form. It’s relatively compact, has a protective retractable top,…

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Cobb Premier Grill Ultimate Combo

At it’s core, the Cobb Premier Grill is an 8.5 lb grill that uses 8-10 charcoal briquettes for three hours of cooking. Yes, cooking – not just grilling. The Cobb Grill can roast, bake, smoke and fry anything you throw at it put in it using a design that retains and transfers heat like a…

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The Grillworks

[click on image to enlarge] The Grillworks goes into the category of men’s lifestyle alongside a fine timepiece, a three car garage with four cars, and a gorgeous woman at your side with your favorite beverage in hand. A dream to many, an achievable goal to others, a simple luxury to some it’s something no…

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Outdoorchef City Grill

Those European engineers are clever. The City Grill single burner grill is perfect for those of you with small apartments or patios serving triple duty as a compact bbq grill, oven or range with the flip funnel cooking system. Perfect for the cooking up your next feast you’ll finally be able to serve those clever…

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Weber Genesis E-320 Gas Grill

Gentlemen. Break out those ribeyes, salmon steaks, skewers and sirloin burgers. It’s time to get grilling. You’re epicurean grilling fantasies are about to come delightfully true with the Weber E-320. A bit pricey yes, but just read on to see why your next outdoor soiree will bring the house down (and your buddy’s bank accounts…