Some of us feel left out of the grilling fun because we don’t have a backyard for a full-size grill. Or the grill is too big to be carried to the park in our car. There is hope, yet. In this Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill review, we look at a very portable charcoal grill. It will fit snugly in just about any tiny 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 measures 15 inches across and 11 inches deep, enough space for four regular-size steaks, or six hamburger patties. The body is made of porcelain-enameled plated steel and is sufficiently thick for the application.
The top and side carrying handles are made of durable glass-reinforced nylon. Two rotatable aluminum dampers on the lid, along with 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 plated steel legs can be pivoted up to lock the lid in place for easy transportation. A heavy-gauge steel grate sits near the base to hold the charcoals. The plated steel grill grate offers 160 square inches of cooking area.
The package comes with quite a few parts and putting them together can take some patience. The most awkward part is when installing the legs because you will find things dangling to the left and right. Just make sure you put on the screws and washers in the proper order.
To start using this Weber grill, fold down the legs and secure them with the provided clip. Open all the air vents at the base. Get the charcoals started in a chimney starter. Once you have the coals going, adjust the air circulation by partially closing the vents.
Despite its compact size, the clever design of this Weber grill makes cooking rather straightforward. The lid has two catches on it so that you hang it on the backside of the grill. With this, you don’t have to worry about placing a hot lid where it doesn’t belong.
This Weber grill performs quite swimmingly for the most part. Just keep in mind the surfaces get hot during operation, including the legs. It would be foolhardy to rest it on anything that’s not heat tolerant. The distance from the charcoals to the grill grate is quite close. If you let your coals get too hot, you run the risk of charring your food.
One solution is to reduce the amount of charcoal. You can also try removing the charcoal grate altogether. Put a piece of aluminum foil on the base and lay the charcoals on it. The base should have no problem dealing with the heat.
Overall, this Weber grill is well-designed and will not let you down in most barbecue situations. An interesting function that is not advertised is its quasi offset cooking ability. Because of its versatile air vent design, you can customize it so that air enters from 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 towards the food where it then exits. This way, you can cook your food by indirect heat.
When cooking is over, close all air vents and smother the coals. Dump the ashes at a safe place. The unit will be cool enough to be transported in fifteen minutes.