For outdoor cooks, the O-Grill raises the steaks.
Author Adam K. Raymond Photography John Lawton
O-Grill / $190 / www.pro-iroda.com
There was a day when a gas grill was a simple, elegant instrument. It had a top, a bottom and a metal grate in between. It cooked your meats and vegetables, and after a long, hot summer, it collapsed into a rusty pile. Today’s grills, like most other American contraptions, have grown into stainless steel beasts that look seconds away from transforming into world-destroying robots. The O-Grill stands somewhere in between. At only 24 pounds, it’s compact enough to lug to the park or toss in the trunk. The inside is surprisingly large, with 225 square inches of grill space above a 9,450-BTU stainless steel burner. Translation: It can handle a huge steak.
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