One thing is for sure: whoever’s manning the grill will be the most popular person at any tailgate party. At the very least, they’ll be a close second to the person controlling the keg. Regardless, it’s their job to cook the meat right. And it’s a very important job. The hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, sausages, steaks and everything else aren’t just going to grill themselves.
Now you could pack your entire backyard grilling setup into a moving truck and roll on down to the stadium. Technically… sure. But let’s be realistic, very few of us have the time, energy and back muscles for that. There has to be a better way.
Meet the Char-Broil TRU Infrared Grill2Go. The TRU is extremely portable, weighing in at under 20 pounds, so it can be lugged anywhere and placed on a tabletop without any trouble. Yet this little dynamo still manages to include 200 square inches of cooking space. It’s got a cast aluminum firebox, stainless steel burner, hinged lid and grates, with built-in handles and legs for easy placement.
This grill doesn’t cook like other tabletop grills, which tend to rely on convective heat. The TRU, with its 9500 BTU main burner, uses infrared to cover the entire grilling area with an even heat. This eliminates hot or cold spots on the cooking surface and helps to prevent drying out. It also reduces the chance of flare-up, a big deal when you’ve got people leaning in and asking “Is it ready yet?”
The TRU is easy to turn on, with a one-push no-battery ignition switch inside one of the legs. There’s also a built-in temperature gauge. It’s also a breeze to clean up and store until the next occasion.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.