Some of us feel left out of the grill fun because we don't have a backyard for a full-size grill. Or the grill is too big to take to the park in our car. There is hope, still. In this Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill review, we look at a very portable charcoal grill. It will fit perfectly on almost any small balcony or trunk.
Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill Review: Notable Features
Size doesn't always matter when it comes to practicality. Weighing in at just under 15 pounds, this little Weber grill has a lot to offer. The cooking area is 15 inches wide and 11 inches deep, enough room for four regular-size steaks or six patties. The body is made of enameled porcelain-plated steel and is thick enough for the application.
The top and side carry handles are made of durable glass-reinforced nylon. Two rotating aluminum dampers on the lid, along with the openings along the base, control air circulation and temperature in the cooking chamber. These openings can be opened or closed by adjusting an aluminum plate.
Two sturdy silver steel legs can be rotated to lock the lid in place for easy portability. A large-gauge steel grating is located near the base to hold the coals. The silver steel grill offers 160 square inches of cooking area.
The package comes with quite a few pieces and putting them together may require a little patience. The most uncomfortable part is when you install the legs because you will find things hanging on the left and on the right. Just be sure to put the screws and washers in the correct order.
To get started with this Weber grill, bend the legs and secure them with the supplied clip. Open all air vents on the base. Light the coals in a fireplace. Once you have lit the coals, adjust the airflow by partially closing the vents.
Despite its compact size, the smart design of this Weber grill makes cooking easy enough. The lid has two hooks for you to hang it on the back of the grill. With this, you don't have to worry about placing a hot lid where it doesn't belong.
This Weber grill works pretty well for the most part. Just be aware that surfaces get hot during operation, including the legs. It would be foolish to rest on anything that is not heat tolerant. The distance from the charcoal to the grill is pretty close. If you let your coals get too hot, you risk burning your food.
One solution is to reduce the amount of carbon. You can also try removing the charcoal grill entirely. Put a piece of aluminum foil on the base and place the coals on it. The base should have no problem dealing with the heat.
Overall, this Weber grill is well designed and will not disappoint you in most barbecue situations. An interesting feature that is not advertised is its quasi-offset cooking ability. Due to its versatile air vent design, you can customize it so that air enters at one end and exits at the other.
Take advantage of this feature by placing charcoal on one side and food on the other. Adjust the air vents so that air enters from the side of the coals and flows to the food where it then leaves. In this way, you can cook your food using indirect heat.
When cooking is complete, close all vents and turn off the coals. Dump the ashes in a safe place. The unit will be cold enough to be transported in fifteen minutes.