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  • MtView
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 59

    Do I Need a Grill for Camping?


    I just bought a Blackstone Tailgater to take camping. It has a grill on one side and a griddle on the other. My question is should I return the Tailgater and just buy a griddle model?

    Is there anything I need the grill for that I can’t do on the griddle? The only thing I can think of might be corn on the cob.

    I tend to figure these things out by doing and that gets expensive so any thoughts appreciated!
  • HouseHomey
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    • May 2016
    • 4435
    • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
    • Equipment
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    #2
    Smoke? Grill marks? (No controversy please) two zone cooking? Slower indirect cooking and those types of things.

    Amount and types of food would be the other consideration.

    It’s still gas. Clean up would be easier with just a griddle. I love my Pro Series.

    My one cent worth.
    Last edited by HouseHomey; June 19th, 2019, 01:10 PM.

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      I think grill marks are sexy, but I still haven’t met you yet Homey

    • texastweeter
      texastweeter commented
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      no controversy, lol. This is bbq/grilling. Right up there with sex, politics, and religion

    • HouseHomey
      HouseHomey commented
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      Troutman True that my friend.
  • grantgallagher
    Club Member
    • Feb 2018
    • 799
    • NJ

    #3
    Q: Do i need a grill for...[insert here]

    A. Yes!

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    • klflowers
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 2410
      • Tennessee

      #4
      I like the camp chef models - they have lots of accessories and I think the burner BTUs may be higher. On the other hand, it costs more. What kind of camping are you doing? We don't really camp - we are in a RV.

      https://www.campchef.com/catalogsear...fieri%27&q=guy

      The link is to a Guy Fieri bundle; you can get the stoves without all the peripherals.

      Like HouseHomey homey says, you can't smoke anything on a camp stove though.

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      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        That Guy Fieri bundle is a little pricey, but the video with Guy sure makes me see it would be a flexible setup. I like that the 3 burner stove folds up and would easily pack under most travel trailers. I am hoping to get a travel trailer in the next couple of years, once I get the last kid out of the house and have stopped paying for weddings and tuition.

      • klflowers
        klflowers commented
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        jfmorris, it is kind of pricey, but I think I have the wife talked into getting it. I have to give up on the Grilla Chimp and roll with the Traeger Scout we already have, though. And that is going to end my MCS for awhile - the foot has been put down.

      • texastweeter
        texastweeter commented
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        explorer klflowers
    • MtView
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 59

      #5
      I usually do bbq chicken breasts, thighs, steaks, burgers, fajitas, breakfast, dogs. When I say grill I mean something like a Coleman RoadTrip or the Blackstone grill box. Nothing I would use for smoking anyway.

      I’m just wondering if given what I make if I should skip the grill box and just go griddle.

      Camping = travel trailer

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      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        I think you would use the grill box for chicken. The rest of it would work well on a griddle.
    • Rod
      Rod
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      • Dec 2015
      • 505
      • Phoenix, AZ
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        Accessories ranging from a Vortex to bear claws.

      #6
      Depends on what kind of food you like to have while camping. For me I'd rather have just the griddle. I can use the camp fire for hot dogs. The griddle can do your hamburgers as well. But why the griddle only would be my preference is for breakfast. Nothing like a big sloppy breakfast when camping. Would also be able to cook your own raw tortillas as well. Breakfast burritos are perfect for camping. And as HouseHomey said, clean up would be much easier.

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      • texastweeter
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2361
        • Republic of Texas

        #7
        Chicken. I can't imaging cooking half chickens, or even quarters on a griddle.

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        • HouseHomey
          HouseHomey commented
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          Oh brother, yes we can. Our paths need to cross some day. Too much good Sh** man!! Bone that sucker out!

        • Hugh
          Hugh commented
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          point me to a recipe or give me some destructions please HouseHomey .

          We stayed in an Air BnB a few weeks ago. My job was to cook chicken and all I had for cooking was an induction plate and a fry pan. I was lost. There was a strange silence when I served my bird.
      • xaugievike
        Club Member
        • Jan 2017
        • 566
        • Chicagoland
        • Weber Genesis 300 series
          Weber Summit Charcoal With custom grill center
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          Ooni Pro Pizza oven

        #8
        Im loading up for a race weekend with the boys and I'm using a 22" Blackstone, a PBC, and an induction top (for frying). The big part of this answer is wha/how you intend to eat on a trip. As a reference we are having burgers, wings, ribs, hashbrown/bacon/eggs, breakfast sandwhiches, chorizo breakfast burritos, pit barrel beans, and a couple other odds and ends.

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        • xaugievike
          xaugievike commented
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          race camping/tailgating is what got me going on this cooking adventure. but come Monday it'll be salads for a week!

        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
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          Geez I’ll just show up for left overs

        • JimLinebarger
          JimLinebarger commented
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          xaugievike All that sounds good for the first morning's meal, but what are you going to have the rest of the trip?
      • Keiferr
        Club Member
        • Jun 2018
        • 960
        • Southeast Michigan

        #9
        For camping i have one of those cheap ($40) squarish foldup grills for burgers, not dogs, etc. I also have a small BGE for high temps and smoking. Then I have a Blackstone tabletop griddle. Not much need for the stove and oven in the camper. Seems like I meet new people a lot when we camp. The guy behind us a couple years ago got to smell ribs smoking all afternoon. When I took the rack of baby backs off for dinner (1 rack, just me and her) he saw it and said "that's not enough for all of us!". I smiled, said " I know", and sat down to eat. Didn't hear from him again. Hmmm.

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        • FireMan
          Charter Member
          • Jul 2015
          • 6778
          • Bottom of Winnebago

          #10
          Does an owl hoot? 🕶

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          • Dan Deter
            Dan Deter commented
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            Do bears bear? Do bees bee?

          • JimLinebarger
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            Dan Deter My wife would say yes to the first one. Twice. I would say we just tolerate or put up with for a time.
        • PBCDad
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          • Jan 2016
          • 330
          • Seattle area
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          #11
          Sorry I'm late to the party, but the way I was able to justify buying my Camp Chef stove was for a camping trip last year - I was surprised I got away with it! We used one of the burners without the griddle at almost every meal for heating up water for hot chocolate, or using a wok, or something else. It had been really nice to have the flexibility. I'm not sure how the Blackstone works, but if you don't need the griddle space I would stick with what you have.

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