The Best Charcoal BBQs for Travel and Camping



I. Introduction

If you're someone who loves camping or outdoor adventures, having a portable charcoal BBQ is essential. It allows you to cook delicious meals and enjoy the outdoors at the same time. In this blog post, we'll discuss the factors to consider when buying a portable charcoal BBQ, the top options available in the market, and tips for using and maintaining your BBQ.

II. Factors to Consider When Buying a Portable Charcoal BBQ

When choosing a portable charcoal BBQ, there are several factors to keep in mind. These factors will help you narrow down your options and choose a grill that suits your needs.

A. Size and Weight

The size and weight of your BBQ are essential factors to consider. You want a BBQ that is portable enough to take with you on the go, but also large enough to cook for the number of people you will be feeding. Look for a grill that is lightweight and compact, making it easy to transport.




B. Material and Durability

The material and durability of your BBQ are also important. Look for BBQs made of high-quality materials that can withstand harsh outdoor conditions. Stainless steel is a popular option as it is durable and resistant to rust and corrosion.

C. Cooking Surface Area

Consider the size of the cooking surface area of the BBQ, which will determine the amount of food you can cook at once. If you're cooking for a large group of people, you'll need a larger cooking surface area.

D. Ventilation System

A good ventilation system is important for ensuring your charcoal burns efficiently, and for regulating the temperature of your BBQ. Make sure your BBQ has a well-designed ventilation system to ensure even cooking.

E. Price Range

Finally, consider your budget when choosing a portable charcoal BBQ. There are many options available at different price points, so consider what features are essential for you and what you can afford.

III. Top Charcoal BBQs for Travel and Camping

A. Flaming Coals Mini Spit RotisserieThis_image_shows_whole_chicken_being_cooked_on_Mini_spit_roaster

The Flaming Coals Mini Spit Rotisserie is a popular option for those who love cooking meat on a spit. It has a compact design, making it easy to transport, and comes with a motor that can turn up to 8 kg of meat. It is made of high-quality stainless steel and doubles as a charcoal BBQ with its removable grill (which makes for easy cleaning).




  • Portable and compact design
  • Can cook up to 8 kg of meat
  • Removable grill for easy cleaning


  • How low it sits to the ground
  • Only cooks for 20 people

B. Auspit Portable RotisserieThis_image_shows_meat_being_cooked_using_Auspit_rotisserie_camping_spit

The Auspit Portable Rotisseries are another great option for those who love cooking meat on a spit. Use it over an existing fire pit or open fire. The Auspit has a lightweight design, making it easy to transport, and comes with a battery-operated motor. It is made of durable stainless steel and has a range of accessories.



  • Lightweight and portable design
  • Battery-operated motor
  • Comes with a range of accessories
  • Zero Screws & No assembly           


  • Doesn’t come with a fire pit


C. SnS Travel KettleThis_image_shows_SNS_travel_Kettle

The SnS Travel Kettle is a great option for those who want a compact and versatile charcoal grill with the power of the SnS Basket insert for true two zone smoking. It has a durable stainless steel construction and comes with a range of features, including an ash pan and a vented lid. It also has a removable charcoal grate for easy cleaning.


  • Compact and versatile design
  • Durable stainless steel construction
  • Removable charcoal grate for easy cleaning


  • Round not square for travelling 



D. Portable Camping Spit By Flaming CoalsThis_image_shows_Portable_camping_spit

The Portable Camping Spit By Flaming Coals is a great option for those who want to cook large cuts of meat or even a whole animal. The Portable Camping Spit Roaster was designed with quality and portability in mind. It is perfect for camping, sitting over a 44 gallon drum, over an existing fire pit or cooking directly off the ground near your campfire.



  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Affordable price point
  • Cook Whole animals
  • Lots of motor options


  • Doesn’t come with a fire pit 



IV. Tips for Using and Maintaining Your Portable Charcoal BBQ

A. Preparing the BBQ for Use

Before using your portable charcoal BBQ, make sure to clean the cooking grate and remove any debris or ash from the previous use. Also, ensure that the ventilation system is clear of any blockages and that the charcoal is arranged in an even layer.

B. Cleaning the BBQ After Use

After using your portable charcoal BBQ, allow it to cool completely before cleaning. Remove the cooking grate and brush it with a grill brush to remove any debris. Empty the ash pan and dispose of the ash safely.

C. Storing the Grill Properly

To ensure the longevity of your portable charcoal BBQ, it's essential to store it properly. Keep it in a cool and dry place, and make sure it is covered to protect it from the elements. We always recommend purchasing a cover to protect your investment. 

V. Conclusion

Having a portable charcoal BBQ is essential for anyone who loves outdoor adventures. When choosing a portable charcoal BBQ, consider factors such as size, material, and cooking surface area. The Flaming Coals Mini Spit Rotisserie, Auspit Portable Rotisserie, SnS Travel Kettle, and Portable Camping Spit By Flaming Coals are all great options to consider. By following proper maintenance and cleaning techniques, your portable charcoal BBQ can last for many outdoor adventures to come.

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by: Michael Wilkie