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The unofficial start of summer is here, and with it, a chance to evaluate your OSP (Official Summer Preparedness). Patio table and chairs? Check. Sprinkler to keep that grass green? Check. Top-notch outdoor-cooking setup to take on multiples meals per week and feed hungry mobs on weekends? Er....
If your grill has seen better days and you're on the hunt for an upgrade, we've got great news: The Memorial Day deals for gas grills, charcoal barbecues, smokers, pizza ovens and more are spectacular. We know, because we've spent time combing through them to find you the very best.
Check out our favorite deals below — and purchase fast so you can launch your SEI (Summer Entertaining Initiative) asap, and soak up months and months of al fresco joy with family and friends.
With a flat top, this unusual outdoor grill is versatile enough to cook just about anything, including breakfast. Note the prep table, and the gorgeous detailing Cuisinart is famous for. "This thing does it all!!" says a happy five-star reviewer. "...Smash burgers, pizza, fried rice. I have also cooked perfect pancakes, bacon, fried and scrambled eggs, and reverse-seared NY strip [steak]. The three separate burners help to adjust the temperature. Takes a little practice to keep everything in check, but once you do, it makes outdoor cooking fun!! ... Haven't used the inside kitchen all month."
If looks count, this beauty, with four burners, plus a side burner for searing, would make a welcome addition to your outdoor setup. Reviewers say they "use it every day" and "love it."
One shopper warns not to delay your purchase: "I hemmed and hawed about getting this BBQ and let it run out of stock twice! I wish I had followed my first instinct! It is fabulous and I wouldn't hesitate to get it again! Beautiful copper and so functional! I'm super happy!!"
No need to sacrifice quality when your needs are smaller. This scaled-down Weber delivers great results. Reviewers are wild about it. Says one: "I am in love with this grill. It took about 2 hours to put together but the directions were great. I love that it is compact. I roll it in and out of my garage with ease. It cooks evenly and well. Wish I would have made the investment YEARS ago. If you are on the fence, hop off—you will be delighted!"
This multi-talented grill and smoker may just become your new favorite toy — and conversation starter. It makes a great Father's Day gift, too. Says one fan: "This smoker is a great deal!! Some say it is hard to assemble, but i took my time, followed the instructions, payed attention to the pictures, and it was super easy!! it took about an hour. Well made, easily went together, and just the right size to grill or smoke a brisket on."
Short on space but not on appetite? This charcoal grill has a small footprint but great surface area. Beautifully made, in matte porcelain-coated steel, it really brings the heat. Hundreds of fans extol its virtues on the Walmart site. One says, "This is my second RevoAce26 grill.... I loved it so much I bought another, and this one was packaged better than my old one. It arrived totally complete and tip top shape. Takes about an hour to assemble. I love this grill. It/s not too big, so I can cook up to four steaks or 6 burgers at a time. This is perfect for everyday family grilling. The smaller size allows for multiple cooks on a bag of Kingston Charcoal. All I can say is this grill combined with regular Kingston Charcoal cooks a perfect smoky barbecue!"
Smokers and Wood Pellet Grills
Wanna be the most popular backyard cook in the neighborhood? Here's your one-stop do-everything, feed-everyone command central. This baby can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and barbecue, and impart incredible wood-fired flavor to anything you want to cook. It even has app-controlled settings.
And the crowd goes wild: "If you are wavering on to buy this or not, buy it. It does everything it says it can do. Easy to use and the flavor is out of this world. We've cooked burgers, chicken, tomahawk steak, pork chops and tonight a tri-tip roast. The direct flame is what sealed the deal for me."
At once epic and unintimidating, this machine will make you wonder why you ever thought smoking meat was a big deal. It sets you up to succeed. "I couldn’t be happier with this purchase!" says one happy shopper. "I’ve done ribs and a pork butt so far and both came out extremely juicy. Some may not like having to add woods chips manually, but I do prefer that rather than the set and forget smokers."
For less than $100 you can bring home an outdoor pizza oven that's ingeniously designed to also serve as a standalone fire pit, a grill or a pizza oven. Just separate the pieces to change the use.
Maybe you've heard about this tabletop outdoor pizza oven — folks have been raving about it since it launched. The Ooni is wood or charcoal compatible — and you can also order a gas burner attachment, if you like. It reaches an impressive 932 degrees within 15 minutes. You cook your pizza on a heavy duty baking stone, but somehow the whole contraption weighs in at only 26 pounds. And it has legions of fans.
"This is the best thing I have purchased in a long time," says one shopper. "It makes the perfect pizza in a couple minutes. I also bought the gas burner from Ooni ,and I love that I can take it to a camp out and fire it up with charcoal and wood or hook up the LP and go crazy making pizza for everyone. The quality, engineering, ease of use and the amazing pizza is totally worth the investment."
The Baker Stone pizza oven reaches a sizzling 800 degrees and can bake pizzas in less than 2 minutes! Cleaning is easy with the removable firebox. Comes with for cleaning, compatible with separate attachments (griddle, grill grates)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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