• By: Eric Murphy

Portable grills for BIG outdoor fun!

If you are looking for the perfect on-the-go grill for camping, tailgating or taking to the beach or on a picnic, then look no further!

The 2015 Weber Canadian GrillWatch Survey reveals that Canadians are heavy outdoor grillers with over 40% grilling away from home. With that in mind, Weber-Stephen, the world’s leading manufacturer of outdoor gas and charcoal grills, offers a variety of small but mighty grills to accommodate both charcoal grill enthusiasts and those looking for the convenience of a gas grill.

Q1200 orange
Q1200 Orange BBQ

Versatility is king and the Weber Q line of portable gas grills offers just that. From the Q1000 to the Q2200 you are bound to find your perfect match. New to the Weber Q series is the Q1200. This powerful little beauty comes in a variety of fun colours such as green, blue, orange, purple, fuchsia, and classic black. Prices for the entire portable Q gas grill line range from $220 – $320.

Weber Smokey Joe
Weber Smokey Joe BBQ

If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool charcoal fanatic, the Smokey Joe or the larger Jumbo Joe is the perfect choice. Available in 14” in diameter (Smokey Joe) or 18” in diameter (Jumbo Joe) and ranging from $45 to $80, these portable grills are a mini version of the iconic Weber Kettle charcoal grill. Also available is the rectangular shaped Go-Anywhere Charcoal grill featuring heavy-duty plated steel legs that fold up to lock the lid in place when carrying. It’s priced at an affordable $70.

Wherever your next adventure leads you, grab your portable grill and grill on!

You can find out more at weber.com. And while you’re pondering which portable grill is for you, we have an amazing twist on that old camping essential, hot dogs.

Chicago-style hot dogs

PREP time: 10 minutes
grilling time: 4-5 minutes


8 slices ripe tomato, each about ¼ inch thick
8 best-quality all-beef hot dogs with natural casings (slightly longer than the buns)
8 poppy seed hot dog buns, split
16 pickled sport peppers
2 dill pickles, each cut into 4 spears
½ cup finely chopped white onion, rinsed in a fine-mesh strainer under cold water
½ cup super green sweet pickle relish
Yellow mustard
Celery salt


1. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
2. Cut each tomato slice in half to make half-moons.
3. Cut a few shallow slashes in each hot dog, and then grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until hot all the way to the center, 4 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally.
4. Place each hot dog in a bun and add two tomato half-moons, two peppers, one pickle spear, onion, and relish. Add mustard to taste, and finish with a dash of celery salt. Serve warm and enjoy!

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©2014 Weber-Stephen Products LLC. Recipe from Weber’s Big Book of Burgers™ by Jamie Purviance. Used with permission.