Cobb Portable Grill
A slick little stainless steel charcoal BBQ from Cobb for around $170. Chosen as one of Time magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2001″.
The Cobb BBQ features a unique “moat” design, which you can in the cross-section image below. The grilling surface has a slight cone shape to it, with little channels that direct grease into the moat and away from the flame. This helps prevent flareups and smoke, but it’s also healthy. The moat can also be filled with liquids (like marinades or beer) to enhance the flavor of foods.
The dome and base/body are stainless steel. Since the sides of the Cobb barbecue are just an open grate, it stays cool to the touch and can be moved by hand during cooking. The grilling area is pretty small (around 115 square inches) that’s really about all you can expect for a BBQ this size. The whole grill weighs just 8 lbs. Most parts are dishwasher safe.
Cobb portable stainless steel BBQ cross sectionThe Cobb grillis also very fuel efficient, using just 8 charcoal briquettes for most types of grilling. Granted, charcoal isn’t all that expensive, but it’s always nice to see people doing more with less.
There were a number of people who seemed to be having issues getting good results with the Cobb, but I got the impression it was because they still hadn’t gotten the hang of charcoal grilling. As a general rule, charcoal grills are slower to heat up and take longer to cook. You can’t expect your chicken breasts to be ready in 15 minutes.
Several people who bought this grill have complained that it can difficult to clean. Some of the solutions other owners have suggested include wiping the BBQ down while it’s still warm, soaking overnight in soapy water, or using a product like Easy-Off grill cleaner. Putting water with lemon juice in the moat before grilling can also ease cleanup.
Overall, a really cool portable stainless steel BBQ with a clever design that performs well and looks good.
Dimensions: 14 x 12.5 x 12.5 inches
Weight: 8 lbs