The 10 Best BBQs for Backyard Grilling

Three of the best BBQ grills at Walmart Editor's picks

Outdoor dining and entertaining are a major part of every summer, so a reliable BBQ can be an asset for your family’s social life. But with as many grill options as there are flavours of BBQ sauce, it can be hard to know where to start. The answer? Start here! We’ve rounded up 10 of the best BBQs available from Walmart Canada, comparing all their bells and whistles, so you can save your energy for more important choices—like what you’re going to grill first.

Does shopping for a BBQ feel like speaking a new language? Our BBQ buying guide can answer all your questions before you “add to cart.”

Our editor’s picks

Fuel type: Propane

Burger count: 18

BTUs: 30,000

Assembled weight: 46.5 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 43.23 x 23.5 x 47.2 inches

Extra features: Heat thermometer, side shelves, tool holder, warming rack, catch pan, wheels

  • Compact for small spaces and easy to maneuver

  • Gaps between grates are a bit big

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Fuel type: Charcoal

Burger count: 18

BTUs: n/a

Assembled weight: 61 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 45 x 28 x 40 inches

Extra features: Adjustment crank to lower charcoal tray, steel access door, smokestack, side shelf, wheels

  • Well-built and easy to clean

  • Not great for smoking food

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Fuel type: Charcoal

Burger count: 23

BTUs: n/a

Assembled weight: 20.9 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 35.8 x 26 x 35.8 inches

Extra features: Warming rack, tool holder, side shelf, wheels

  • Easy to clean

  • Less sturdy because lightweight

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Fuel type: Propane

Burger count: 31

BTUs: 48,000

Assembled weight: 145.99 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 48.19 x 23.5 x 54.53 inches

Extra features: Griddle, heat thermometer, side burner, side shelf, tool holder, warming rack, wheels

  • Plenty of high-end features including a viewing window

  • Assembly takes several hours

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Fuel type: Charcoal

Burger count: 7

BTUs: n/a

Assembled weight: 9 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 17 x 16.5 x 14.2 inches

Extra features: Damper, ash catcher

  • Heats up fast with a small amount of charcoal

  • Handle gets hot

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Fuel type: Electricity

Burger count: 8

BTUs: 5,120

Assembled weight: 18.9 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 32.5 x 17.5 x 28 inches

Extra features: Porcelain-coated grates, removable ash catcher

  • Setup is super quick—just plug it in

  • Lower BTUs than larger grills

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Fuel type: Wood pellets

Burger count: 26

BTUs: 52,000

Assembled weight: 84 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 47 x 21 x 49 inches

Extra features: Electronic ignition, heat thermometer, rotisserie, side burner, storage rack, warming rack, wheels

  • Has convection technology to cook food evenly

  • Some models have minor heat leakage

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Fuel type: Natural gas

Burger count: 15

BTUs: 24,000

Assembled weight: 92 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 27 x 22 x 30 inches

Extra features: Catch pan, folding side shelves, tool holder, warming rack, wheels

  • Includes space-saving features like folding shelves

  • May be too small for large groups

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Fuel type: Propane

Burger count: 60

BTUs: 20,000

Assembled weight: 74 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 50 x 31 x 20 inches

Extra features: Catch pan, smoker, sausage hooks, rib rack

  • Wide and spacious for big-batch smoking

  • Temperature gauge may be off

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Fuel type: Charcoal

Burger count: 7+

BTUs: n/a

Assembled weight: 77 pounds

Dimensions (H x D x W): 27.5 x 20.25 x 20 inches

Extra features: Heat thermometer, grill gripper, ash tool, cast-iron stand

  • Provides excellent moisture retention and flavour

  • Too heavy for true portability

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Types of BBQ grills
Natural gas BBQ from Walmart Natural gas BBQ

A natural gas grill connects to your home’s existing natural gas line. If you’re already using natural gas (if you get regular bills for it, then you are), the setup is relatively simple.

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Charcoal BBQ from Walmart Charcoal BBQs

Using charcoal briquettes or lumps as fuel, charcoal grills are the most affordable style of BBQ. It can take some trial and error to learn how to use them, but enthusiasts say the smoky flavour can’t be beaten.

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Electric BBQ from Walmart Electric BBQs

Electric grills are great if you live in a building or area that doesn’t allow gas or charcoal BBQs. For this option, all you need is a nearby electrical outlet.

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Propane BBQ from Walmart Propane BBQs

Propane BBQs are fuelled by gas from a portable tank. Tanks usually provide around 25 hours of grilling time before needing to be replaced.

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Wood pellet BBQ from Walmart Wood pellet BBQs

If you’re looking for rich, smoky flavour, a wood pellet option is it. They use wood pellets as fuel and allow you to experiment with different varieties of wood for unique flavours.

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Kamado BBQs Kamado BBQs

Fueled by charcoal, Kamado grills serve as BBQs and smokers. Their elongated bodies allow for excellent heat circulation for barbequing at high temperatures and for smoking low and slow.

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BBQ smoker at Walmart BBQ Smokers

Smokers cook food at a low, stable temperature and use wood chips to infuse a deep, smoky taste. They can be powered by a variety of fuels and the use of different types of wood allows for a range of flavours.

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Best propane BBQ on a budget
Expert Grill 3 Burner Propane Gas Grill Expert Grill 3 Burner Propane Gas Grill Expert Grill 3 Burner Propane Gas Grill Expert Grill 3 Burner Propane Gas Grill Expert Grill 3 Burner Propane Gas Grill Expert Grill 3 Burner Propane Gas Grill
  • Fuel type: Propane

  • Burger count: 18

  • BTUs: 30,000

  • Assembled weight: 46.5 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 43.23 x 23.5 x 47.2 inches

  • Extra features: Heat thermometer, side shelves, tool holder, warming rack, catch pan, wheels

From the easy-push button start to the perfect cooking surface for two to four people, this efficient and affordable pick delivers on so many fronts. With cast-iron grates and a stainless steel temperature gauge, this BBQ will have you calling yourself a grill boss in no time.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This grill features three independently controlled stainless steel burners for heat versatility while cooking.

  • It’s easy to clean with just soap and water.

  • Thanks to two large, heavy-duty wheels, the unit is easy to move around your deck or backyard.

Cons
  • The spacing between the grates is a bit wide, so you’ll have to be careful with smaller pieces of food.

  • Some reviewers say that the propane tank holder is a little flimsy.

The draw
For a sub-$150 three-burner grill, this is an amazing value. I purchased this because it was a Consumer Reports Best Buy so I figured I would take a chance. I would rate evenness as good overall and excellent for its price point.
-Josh, Walmart customer
The downside
One fault I found is the spacing in the grill grates is quite wide. I have managed to drop two burgers and a small steak down into the bottom of the BBQ housing, requiring the lifting of the hot grills to recover them...
-Canuckistan man, Walmart customer
Best charcoal BBQ
Dyna-Glo Compact Charcoal Grill Dyna-Glo Compact Charcoal Grill Dyna-Glo Compact Charcoal Grill Dyna-Glo Compact Charcoal Grill Dyna-Glo Compact Charcoal Grill Dyna-Glo Compact Charcoal Grill
  • Fuel type: Charcoal

  • Burger count: 18

  • BTUs: n/a

  • Assembled weight: 61 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 45 x 28 x 40 inches

  • Extra features: Adjustment crank to lower charcoal tray, steel access door, smokestack, side shelf, wheels

For the charcoal grill aficionado, this compact, steel grill is best in its class. It features two porcelain-enameled steel cooking grates, a novel crank for raising and lowering the charcoal tray to adjust heat, as well as a steel access door to make reloading or stoking charcoal a breeze.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This Dyna-Glo BBQ is sturdywell-built and easy to clean.

  • It’s a compact grill ideal for two to four people.

  • The smokestack and adjustable flu make for easy temperature control.

Cons
  • It can take some trial and error to get comfortable with the features.

  • Unlike pricier charcoal grills, it’s not great for smoking.

The draw
The grill to me about 45 minutes to build. It’s very sturdy and you won’t believe the build quality! The best features are the possibility to raise and lower the charcoal tray and the easier removal of the bottom drawer to clean ashes.
-Bruce Wingz, Walmart customer
The downside
I have five years of grilling experience cooking on coal-fired and wood grills and this one works just fine. [But] it doesn't hold smoke well. If you want to smoke on it, it probably won't work.
-Redlobstergriller, Walmart customer
Best charcoal BBQ on a budget
Expert Grill 22-Inch Square Charcoal Grill Expert Grill 22-Inch Square Charcoal Grill Expert Grill 22-Inch Square Charcoal Grill Expert Grill 22-Inch Square Charcoal Grill Expert Grill 22-Inch Square Charcoal Grill Expert Grill 22-Inch Square Charcoal Grill Expert Grill 22-Inch Square Charcoal Grill Expert Grill 22-Inch Square Charcoal Grill Expert Grill 22-Inch Square Charcoal Grill
  • Fuel type: Charcoal

  • Burger count: 23

  • BTUs: n/a

  • Assembled weight: 20.9 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 35.8 x 26 x 35.8 inches

  • Extra features: Warming rack, tool holder, side shelf, wheels

Who says you can’t get a great grill on a budget? This steel beauty cashes out at under $100 without sacrificing on quality. With two cooking surfaces totalling 600 square inches and cleverly integrated features like a folding side tray, adjustable dampers and a stability shelf for storage, it’s everything you need for cooking al fresco.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The assembly time is short—typically less than 35 minutes.

  • It’s lightweight with a locking lid and rear wheels for easier maneuverability.

  • The primary cooking surface is porcelain-coated steel for easy cleanup.

Cons
  • It may require a second set of hands to assemble.

  • The screws may require occasional retightening to keep the grill feeling stable.

  • It’s highly portable but feels less sturdy than a larger, heavier grill.

The draw
This really is the best grill ever. The size is perfect for a small to medium barbecue without [needing] a lot of charcoal. Makes for a great backyard cookout.
-Addie, Walmart Canada
The downside
Easy to follow assembly instructions. Perfect size. It is lightweight, which makes it easy to move, but that also makes it feel not quite as sturdy as I would like.
-Brigitte, Walmart customer
Best propane BBQ
Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five Burner Gas Grill
  • Fuel type: Propane

  • Burger count: 31

  • BTUs: 48,000

  • Assembled weight: 145.99 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 48.19 x 23.5 x 54.53 inches

  • Extra features: Griddle, heat thermometer, side burner, side shelf, tool holder, warming rack, wheels

If you’re after a grill that multitasks as well as you do, look no further. This steel, propane-fuelled pick with porcelain-grated plates has all the features you could ever want, including two cooking surfaces, a cast-iron griddle, a smoking tube to add smoky flavour to your meal and a side burner for extra cooking versaility.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This propane BBQ is easy to start and each burner ignites independently.

  • It’s configured out of the box for propane but can be easily converted to natural gas with a separate conversion kit.

  • The locking swivel casters make this grill easy to reposition.

  • Other bonuses include accessory hooks and a viewing window so you can watch your food cook.

Cons
  • This grill takes up a considerable amount of room so it’s not ideal for small spaces.

  • The assembly can be time-consuming and may require two people.

The draw
The grill has so many features that are amazing for the price like the glass front with temperature gauge, the cast-iron grates, the cast-iron griddle and many more options. We are daily grillers and this is a great size and very functional.
-DailyGrillers, Walmart customer
The downside
The assembly directions were not as clear as they could be and took several hours to complete.
-John, Walmart customer
Best portable BBQ
Weber Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Charcoal Grill
  • Fuel type: Charcoal

  • Burger count: 7

  • BTUs: n/a

  • Assembled weight: 9 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 17 x 16.5 x 14.2 inches

  • Extra features: Damper, ash catcher

At less than 10 pounds, this grill’s compact, durable design is perfect for everything from camping or fishing trips to tailgating or picnicking. Looking for a smaller solution for home use? No one says this small but mighty option has to hit the road; it’s great for cooking in the backyard, too.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This portable grill has hundreds of five-star reviews for its versatility and low price.

  • It’s small and lightweight, making it perfect for tent or RV camping and cooking out on the balcony.

  • Only a small amount of charcoal is required and it heats up fast.

Cons
  • The handle gets hot so you’ll need to use a grill glove when checking on your food.

  • Some users struggle with adjusting and monitoring the temperature of the charcoal.

The draw
Perfect size for my wife and me. Have a small patio so a larger grill won’t fit. Does a fantastic job grilling and smoking. Getting adjusted to using a small amount of charcoal, which saves on expenses.
-J Bird, originally posted on weber.com
The downside
You will need grill gloves or something to open the lid. The handle gets very hot.
-Landon, originally posted on weber.com
Best electric BBQ
Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand Cuisinart Outdoor Electric Grill with VersaStand
  • Fuel type: Electricity

  • Burger count: 8

  • BTUs: 5,120

  • Assembled weight: 18.9 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 32.5 x 17.5 x 28 inches

  • Extra features: Porcelain-coated grates, removable ash catcher

For BBQ lovers who aren’t allowed to have BBQs at their condo or apartment buildings, this pick is a great way to get a taste of outdoor cooking. This electric BBQ heats food evenly and reaches temps high enough to sear to perfection, plus setup, takedown and storage could not be any easier.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Adjustable, telescoping legs make it easy to transition from storage to tabletop to standing use.

  • No setup routine is required: just plug it into a standard household outlet and you’re ready to grill.

  • It’s easy to clean—just wash the grates and empty the removable ash catcher.

Cons
  • It features considerably lower BTUs than many full-size options, but you will still be able to grill most standard BBQ eats. Just don’t expect that classic BBQ flavour.

  • It has a relatively small cooking surface, so it may not work for larger gatherings.

The draw
Great for my balcony. I can put a few hamburgers and a steak on at the same time. Easy to clean.
-CathyAp, Walmart customer
The downside
It's a pretty nice and conveniently small electric grill. It still cooks the food nicely, just like a gas grill. But it just lacks that regular grill taste and overall texture of the food after it's been cooked.
-Zach, originally posted on cuisinart.com
Best wood pellet BBQ
Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker 7-in-1 BBQ Stainless Steel Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker 7-in-1 BBQ Stainless Steel Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker 7-in-1 BBQ Stainless Steel Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker 7-in-1 BBQ Stainless Steel Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker 7-in-1 BBQ Stainless Steel Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker 7-in-1 BBQ Stainless Steel Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker 7-in-1 BBQ Stainless Steel Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker 7-in-1 BBQ Stainless Steel Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker 7-in-1 BBQ Stainless Steel
  • Fuel type: Wood pellets

  • Burger count: 26

  • BTUs: 52,000

  • Assembled weight: 84 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 47 x 21 x 49 inches

  • Extra features: Electronic ignition, heat thermometer, rotisserie, side burner, storage rack, warming rack, wheels

For those who are happiest experimenting with recipes on the grill, this stainless steel pick is the be-all and end-all for wood-smoked flavour. The seven-in-one wood pellet unit comes with porcelain-coated steel grates to barbecue, bake, roast, braise, smoke, grill, sear and char-broil (yes, seriously!). Plus, you won’t believe the extra features.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The efficient wood-pellet technology allows you to cook for about 20 hours for every 20 pounds of pellets.

  • Thanks to a fan that circulates air through the BBQ, food cooks quickly and evenly—much like it would in a convection oven.

  • It features a smart digital control board to help you manage the temperature.

Cons
  • Some users find that heat leaks a bit around the lid, which can affect the set temperature—but the taste is still good.

  • The handle can get hot and you may need to use grilling gloves.

The draw
I really didn’t know what to expect but after using it for a couple weeks, I couldn’t be happier! Excellent quality. Wish I would’ve made the switch to the pellet grill long ago!
-John G, originally posted on zgrills.com
The downside
The food was great. The only reason I’m not giving 5 stars is there are two spots between the grill and the lid where heat/smoke is leaking.
-Mike B, originally posted on zgrills.com
Best natural gas BBQ
Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill Dyna-Glo Premier 2 Burner Natural Gas Grill
  • Fuel type: Natural gas

  • Burger count: 15

  • BTUs: 24,000

  • Assembled weight: 92 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 27 x 22 x 30 inches

  • Extra features: Catch pan, folding side shelves, tool holder, warming rack, wheels

If you’re lucky enough to have natural gas plumbed out to your patio or deck, this is the grill you need. The sleek, compact design offers optimal cooking space, even heat distribution and an easy-start ignition system. It’s a fantastic pick for both barbeque pros and newbies.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This grill is equipped with cast-iron cooking grates for that perfect sear.

  • It has space-saving features like folding shelves, tool hooks and a towel holder.

  • The four caster wheels make it easy to get the BBQ into place and move it if necessary.

Cons
  • For a full-sized grill, it’s on the smaller side. That makes it great for small families, but not suitable if you like to entertain large groups.

  • Keep in mind, it requires a natural-gas hookup. (The 10-foot hose is included!)

The draw
Heats up super fast and is easy to clean. Love how it's not TOO big, I don't have space for one of the huge models. Also really like that the side tables fold down for storage. It has tool hooks to hang your spatula while you cook.
-mnkeygrl4, originally posted on ghpgroupinc.com
The downside
It was pretty easy to assemble short of two steps that weren’t clear as to where the holes had to be in the end steps. But nothing major. Took about 2 1/2 hours.
-Diane, Walmart customer
Best BBQ smoker
Dyna-Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker Dyna-Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker Dyna-Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker Dyna-Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker Dyna-Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker Dyna-Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker
  • Fuel type: Propane

  • Burger count: 60

  • BTUs: 20,000

  • Assembled weight: 74 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 50 x 31 x 20 inches

  • Extra features: Catch pan, smoker, sausage hooks, rib rack

If you’re someone who loves a meal on the grill in the middle of winter, this all-season, vertical, steel smoker might just be the one for you. With 1,235 square inches of cooking space on four adjustable cooking grates, plus sausage hooks and a removable rib rack, you can get a taste of summer year-round.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The pre-installed door seals to retain heat and minimize smoke loss.

  • The smoker includes a temperature gauge featuring a “smoke zone” to identify ideal temperatures for infusing smoke flavour.

  • It’s wide and has two burners, so you can fit in tons of food.

Cons
  • Some users report that the temperature gauge can be inaccurate, while others say it works fine.

  • Learning how to control the temperature (and prevent the smoker from getting too hot) can take some trial and error.

The draw
Have had several smokers over the years but nothing that compares to this smoker! Parts were well labeled and no problem to assemble. My son came by and first word was WOW!!! I've got to have one.
-Okiestan, Walmart customer
The downside
I had three different smokers. I enjoy them all. This smoker has outdone all of them. One thing that needs to improve is the temp gauge.
-edzsmokin, Walmart customer
Best Kamado BBQ
Kamado Joe Joe Jr. 13.5-Inch Charcoal Grill Kamado Joe Joe Jr. 13.5-Inch Charcoal Grill Kamado Joe Joe Jr. 13.5-Inch Charcoal Grill Kamado Joe Joe Jr. 13.5-Inch Charcoal Grill Kamado Joe Joe Jr. 13.5-Inch Charcoal Grill Kamado Joe Joe Jr. 13.5-Inch Charcoal Grill Kamado Joe Joe Jr. 13.5-Inch Charcoal Grill
  • Fuel type: Charcoal

  • Burger count: 7+

  • BTUs: n/a

  • Assembled weight: 77 pounds

  • Dimensions (H x D x W): 27.5 x 20.25 x 20 inches

  • Extra features: Heat thermometer, grill gripper, ash tool, cast-iron stand

Kamado-style cooking is a centuries-old tradition that replicates wood-oven cooking. It allows for perfect airflow, heat distribution and an incredible infusion of flavour. This mini Kamado is a portable version of its bigger sibling with the same signature, thick-walled ceramic body. Plus, it’s cherry red and comes with its own cast-iron stand!

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It’s a solid, well-made grill with a stainless steel hinged cooking grate, a cast-iron air vent and a built-in temperature gauge.

  • The design locks in heat and practically guarantees moisture and flavour.

  • The heat deflector plate allows you to use indirect heat for more flexible cooking.

Cons
  • This “junior” version of a Kamado grill is sized for picnics and tailgate parties but, at 77 pounds, it’s too heavy for true portability.

  • The cooking space is designed to be small so it may not be the best choice when cooking for a crowd.

The draw
Kamado Joes are known for their quality and this one is no different: thick ceramics, top quality stainless grates, all tools included—just add charcoal and it’s ready to go. This thing is sized for two people for a perfect mid-week meal.
-Robert, Walmart customer
The downside
For a senior citizen, it is not very portable. The cooking space is really small and ash removal is difficult. Other than that it is a very well-built grill!
-Michael, Walmart customer
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