Best Charcoal BBQ & Charcoal Grills

Best Charcoal BBQ

Is it the latent hunter gatherer in our men that drives them want to cook out on a charcoal grill or something more?  Why else would the lure of literally flame grilled food (with a possibility of food poisoning) drive so many to opt to break out their best charcoal BBQ at the glimmer of a sunny day?

Personally I am a huge fan of the easy peasy, won’t burn your food but cook it to perfection in a decent time gas BBQ.  However my husband is one of those BBQ Kings who can be found sweating over a portable charcoal bbq with beer in hand and looking like he won the lottery!

So for all those Kings of the BBQ out there here is my review (thanks to my husband and his pals who was more than happy to road test these wood smoked bbqs) of the best charcoal bbqs for your delectation.

Weber 14402001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Copper
6,563 Reviews
Weber 14402001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Copper
  • Holds up to 13 burgers made with a Weber burger press; Built-in lid thermometer. Rust-resistant aluminum dampers
  • One-Touch cleaning system with high-capacity ash catcher provides hassle-free ash cleanup
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Kamado Joe KJ13RH Joe Jr Charcoal Grill, Blaze Red
  • Premium 13.5" Ceramic Grill with Cast Iron StandThick-walled, heat-resistant shell that locks in smoke and moisture at any temperatureCast-iron air vent for temperature control304 Stainless Steel Cooking GrateBuilt-In Temp GaugeCeramic Heat Deflector Grill Gripper Ash Tool
  • Thick-walled, heat-resistant shell that locks in smoke and moisture at any temperature
Weber 15301001 Performer Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black
1,372 Reviews
Weber 15301001 Performer Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black
  • The powerful performance and convenient features of the Performer charcoal grill is your excuse to ignite the coals every day. Prep food on the work table, hang grilling accessories from the tool hooks, and then clean up with ease—but only after you’ve taken every last bite of your perfectly grilled meal.
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 43.5"H x 42"W x 29"D | Total cooking area: 363 sq. inch
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CosmoGrill Outdoor XL Smoker Barbecue Charcoal Portable BBQ Grill Garden
  • The CosmoGrill XL Charcoal Smoker Barbecue is the perfect outdoor companion for those intimate long weekends or family filled summer parties. Featuring a generously sized grilling area, there’s plenty of space to have over 10 burger patties and 10 sausages cooking at any time, as well as grilling or smoking whole baby chickens, wings, steaks, fish, brisket and much more.
  • TEMPERATURE CONTROL: The CosmoGrill temperature gauge enables you to cook to perfection. The chimney and adjustable air vents facilitate better flow of heat and smoke for that optimum flame grilled flavour. Height adjustable coal tray featuring a stainless steel handle with 4 settings accommodates the right amount of heat required.
Weber Smokey Joe Premium 14-Inch Portable Grill, Black
1,628 Reviews
Weber Smokey Joe Premium 14-Inch Portable Grill, Black
  • Grab the handle of your Smokey Joe Premium portable charcoal grill and throw a BBQ, tailgate, or grill lunch anywhere you go. Its lightweight design and carry handle make it easy to pack up your charcoal and grill wherever the day takes you.
  • Holds up to five burgers made with a Weber burger press
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Weber Go-Anywhere Barbeque Grill | Portable Grill | Table Top Camping...
  • WEBER GO-ANYWHERE BBQ: Premium travel-size charcoal barbeque grill. Stylish original black/silver design with heat-resistant bowl and lid, triple plated cooking grate plus handle with heat shield
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, FOLDABLE, PORTABLE BBQ GRILL: Outdoor cooking stove, BBQ oven and smoker features folding legs which pivot around the compact barbecue, locking the lid in place for easy carrying
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CosmoGrill Outdoor XXL Smoker Barbecue Charcoal Portable BBQ with Lid...
555 Reviews
CosmoGrill Outdoor XXL Smoker Barbecue Charcoal Portable BBQ with Lid...
  • Introducing the American-style CosmoGrill XXL Smoker - The smoking powerhouse you need in your life. Featuring a generously sized grilling area compared to our XL model, there’s plenty of space to have over 15 burger patties and 15 sausages cooking at a time. Topped with two cast iron grills, evenly distributing heat, so once it’s hot, it stays hot!
  • Temperature Control: The CosmoGrill temperature gauge enables you to cook to perfection. The chimney and adjustable air vents facilitate a better flow of heat and smoke for the optimum flame-grilled flavour. Height adjustable coal tray featuring a stainless-steel handle with four settings to accommodate the right amount of heat required.
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Valiant Portable Folding Picnic and Camping BBQ - Black
497 Reviews
Valiant Portable Folding Picnic and Camping BBQ - Black
  • Lightweight (3.3kg) portable charcoal barbecue set
  • Compact foldaway briefcase design for easy transportation
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George Foreman Portable Charcoal BBQ Round Kettle 47 cm, Adjustable Vent,...
559 Reviews
George Foreman Portable Charcoal BBQ Round Kettle 47 cm, Adjustable Vent,...
  • CHARCOAL BBQ - This charcoal powered model provides the authentic BBQ experience at home, making it perfect for a family feast.
  • 5 PORTIONS - Whether you BBQ for family or friends, in a garden or on a terrace, this George Foreman Kettle BBQ has a 47.5cm diameter grill area and can cook up to 5 portions at a time; enough for any hungry bunch!
FENNEK Light | Mobile and Stick Together Charcoal Barbecue Grill | Made of...
185 Reviews
FENNEK Light | Mobile and Stick Together Charcoal Barbecue Grill | Made of...
  • MADE IN GERMANY ✓ NEW FROM 2020 This robust camping barbecue is made of high-quality stainless steel and therefore guarantees the best barbecue taste every time and everywhere, even after many years of use.
  • PORTABLE ✓ The compact dimensions of the barbecue make it ideal for mobile use. Whether it be while fishing, hiking, camping, at festivals or even in your own garden.

Looking for the best Charcoal BBQ then you need to consider a few key points.

  1. What type of Charcoal BBQ suits your needs?
  2. How many are you cooking for?
  3. Where are you going to be using your BBQ?
  4. Whats your budget for a charcoal BBQ

Types of Charocal BBQ

There are 3 types of Charcoal BBQ to choose from – kettle charcoal, ceramic grills, and barrel grills

Kettle BBQ – Kettle grills are the most simple and versatile bbqs and very affordable.  A good budget priced charcoal kettle bbq will cost £50 – £100.  For the best charcoal  kettle BBQ (think WEBER) you can pay anything upto £500.

Kettle BBQs normally have a bbq grill of about 22 Inches (thats cooking space of 360 inches) however there are xl kettle bbqs that go up to 26 or even 36 inches.

Kettle grills look like a globe with their lids.  The lid allows indirect cooking where the heat is reflected to cook food like an oven making it tender (so it doesn’t have to be charred or watched all the time!). A quality Kettle BBQ have removable ash bins making it easy to clean.

Barrel BBQ Grill – Barrel grills are designed particularly for barbecuing, grilling, and smoking. Size wise they are normally 36 inches or larger too. This type of BBQ Grill looks like a big steel drum.  You place the charcoal is placed in the bottom half and there’s a lid on the top half.  To get the charcoals hot they a quality Barrel BBQ will have a chimney and air vents.

Other things to look for in Barrel BBQs are wheeled stands (make moving them easy) and warming racks.  As the cooking area is bigger you might want to keep what’s cooked warm before eating!  Barrel grills are more expensive as compared to the kettle BBQ grills. You can get a good one for around £200 – £400.

Ceramic BBQ Grill – These are for the true BBQ enthusiasts as they are heavy and expensive but amazing. A mid-range Ceramic Grill will start off at £700 and the high-end ones are more expensive.

The solid ceramic construction  of these Ceramic BBQs allow amazing heat control. The amazing heat control feature means you can BBQ whatever the weather!.

Ceramic BBQs cook at 200F to about 500F and come in a variety of sizes. The larger ceramic grills can weight over 100KG!

Size of Charcoal BBQ

Consider the amount of space you have to put a BBQ in and how many people you are grilling for.

Grills can range from 18in to 36in (a few ceramic BBQs are even bigger)

A 22  inch grill can do 13 burgers no worries at all to give you an idea.

Review of the 10 Best Charcoal BBQs

Weber 14402001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Copper
6,563 Reviews
Weber 14402001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Copper
BEST OVERALL CHARCOAL BBQ - Based on all the reviews and feedback this is the top charcoal BBQ we recommend. Being a WEBER charcoal bbq you know you are buying quality, 5 year warranty & will last for years of BBQ cooking. We picked the 22in grill over the 18 inch for larger cooking area as party people! Cooks up to 13 burgers a time

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Kamado Joe KJ13RH Joe Jr Charcoal Grill, Blaze Red
BEST BARREL CHARCOAL BBQ - Based on all the reviews and feedback this is the top Barrel BBQ we recommend. The Joe Junior Barrel Grill with its 18 inch griddle is cool in looks & hot on cooking! In lid temp gauge, ceramic insulation and chimney/vent system make this easy to use and cook to perfection with

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Weber 15301001 Performer Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black
1,372 Reviews
Weber 15301001 Performer Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black
BEST KETTLE CHARCOAL BBQ WITH STAND - Based on all the reviews and feedback this 22 inch WEBBER GRILL is the best in stand Kettle Drum BBQ. In lid temp gauge, enamelled drum for longevity & chimney/vent system make this easy to use and cook to perfection with.

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Weber Smokey Joe Premium 14-Inch Portable Grill, Black
1,628 Reviews
Weber Smokey Joe Premium 14-Inch Portable Grill, Black
BEST PORTABLE KETTLE CHARCOAL BBQ - Having a camping cook out or need a kettle BBQ for small patio this is perfect. Caters for family of 4/6 people. Lightweight & folds up for easy transport. Lack of base air holes makes it lower temp BBQ