For many years, the technological wizardry of the grill has allowed us to truly harness the power of the flame for our gastronomic pursuits. And while righteously charred meat and vegetables are great, (maybe) even better is the beautiful apparatus upon which you’ll conduct your culinary orchestra. The grill really is man’s other best friend. Here are seven we love.
Asado Smoker ($1,199 with cart, Coyote Outdoor Living): Made from heat-resistant ceramic and doubling as both smoker and grill, this heavenly piece of foodquipment has more than enough versatility to satisfy the home grill master’s standards. But it’s the alien pod-shaped structure, space station-worthy smoking grate and scaled ceramic outer hull that make it truly sensational.
PK Grill & Smoker ($370, PK Grills): If you were living the American dream circa 1950 you probably had a sweet backyard centerpiece like this one, grilling and smoking its way into America’s heart one cookout at a time. Fast forward to present day and it’s the modern craftsmanship with hand-poured cast aluminum and sweet retro design that make it so feverishly appealing.
Cowboy Cauldron ($1,500 and up, Orvis): Having your own fire pit/grill combo sounds mighty cool, but when you see it in action, hanging from a chain and beckoning to us for a fireside beer or a sizzling set of steaks, you just can’t resist. Handmade with solid-plate steel and a uniform charcoal hue, it’s not just a piece of outdoor cooking equipment and it’s not just a conversation piece—it’s a social event.
Genesis ($699, Weber): Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, graphic-embossed control knobs and an almost nautical-looking temp gauge set this standalone grill apart from your average outdoor cooking vessel. And although the Genesis has more than it’s fair share of 'em, honestly, who cares about BTUs?
54" Ultra-Premium Gas Grill with Infrared Burner ($7,239, Viking): For lovers of the high-end outdoor shindig, Viking’s 54” monster can help achieve feats of flavor fit for an army. But it’s a bevy of elements that make it strikingly gorgeous. Among them are a glowing infrared burner, sparkling stainless steel, blue LED control knobs and halogen canopy lighting to keep the spotlight on for nighttime grilling.
2016 Pro Series 34 ($1,000,Traeger): Though it has what’s described as “Advanced Grilling Logic” (for consistent temperature control) plus myriad other features that sound like it’ll faithfully serve your friends and family for generations, it’s the killer sawhorse chassis, beautiful control panel and choo-choo train smokestack that make this the subject of neighborhood envy.
Big Bad 32 ($5,900-$6,100, Komodo Kamado): This insanely huge and absolutely stunning beast has 12 feet of total grilling surface, it’s rotisserie-ready and it’s made with awesome high-end materials. But it’s the arresting jacket of glazed ceramic tiles that’s got us begging them to take our money. Overkill is underrated.