Get your grill on the go!

Barbecuing – it’s as American as baseball and apple pie.

Whether hosting a backyard party or taking off to the beach, grilling steaks, burgers and dogs is preferred over cooking indoors by 85 percent of Americans, according to a 2012 survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA). Since dragging the grill off the patio and taking it with you on your outdoor adventures, portable grills have become very popular.

There are hundreds of models to choose from, but when looking into your purchase, take into account these factors:

Gas or Charcoal: it’s a tough call on which way to go. The purist in me adamantly says charcoal. Charcoal provides a smokiness and flavor that you can’t duplicate with gas grills. There’s also something about starting my own fire that bumps up my testosterone levels. Gas grills, however, allow you to grill immediately with the push of a button, are easier to clean and move around and provide a consistent, even cooking temperature.

Size: will you be cooking for two on a romantic picnic, or are you buying the grill to tailgate with your college buddies? Try to factor in how much you’ll be cooking and your typical outing when determining the size you’ll need.

Mobility: you’re buying a portable grill. Don’t get suckered in to buying something you’re not going to be able to transport. Look for a grill that’s compact, has a carrying handle and is lighter in weight.

Portable grills are also becoming popular for apartment dwellers with balconies and homeowners with smaller outdoor living spaces they’d rather not devote a lot space to full-size grills. Portable grills are easily brought out to cook, and then stored in a utility shed or garage. You can enjoy your patio bbq, then pack it up and stash it away.

We love our food – and we love it grilled. There’s just something wonderful about cooking with fire and eating outside. And don’t forget – EasyTurf, the authority in artificial grass, compliments your outdoor living spaces perfectly. Check out Easyturf for the latest!

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