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Grills, griddles and flat tops, oh my!

We have always packed a small table-top grill for our camping trips, but when we upgraded our camper we thought we should also update our grill.

We did a ton of research. We knew we wanted a gas grill, but it needed to be portable and collapsible. After reading more reviews than I could remember we purchased the Coleman RoadTrip LXX Portable Propane Grill. I loved the tables on the side and the fact that it collapsed. I also purchased the flat top grill to go with it.

After the first trip we were pretty pleased with it, but over time it started to feel like a lot of work. While it folded down to a transportable size, the grills kept falling out and it was hard to maneuver.

While we could deal with that, there was one issue we couldn't. On several occasions the the top actually latched on to the bottom while we were cooking and we couldn’t open it up. One time it took about 15 minutes to pry it open with a screwdriver and as you can guess, the food was ruined. The search began again.

We had a small charcoal grill, but it’s always a timing issue with coals. We wanted the ability to cook for a longer period of time without worrying about the cooking source going out.

My husband was very interested in getting an electric griddle. We always see families cooking on them outside. My husband liked the idea of the camper not smelling like bacon all day. We looked into them and they are quite affordable. This Black & Decker griddle made our list and for under $30 it seemed like it wouldn’t hurt to try.

I liked the idea of a griddle, but felt like we needed something a little more substantial. That’s when I saw someone post about the Blackstone Grill. I started looking at them on amazon and the reviews were all good. Almost too good to be true.

It took some convincing, but I talked my husband into giving it a try and we will be taking it on our next trip!

Look for my full review when we get back. Until then, tell me which types of grills or griddles you use!


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