Nothing quite says summer like grilling your favorite foods with your favorite people around the barbeque. There’s just something about the combination of great food with great friends and family that is so essentially happy that it’s impossible to dislike.
Of course, while family and friends may stick with you no matter what, the “great food” part of that equation is entirely contingent upon having an outstanding barbeque. Different occasions and locations call for different kinds of barbecue grills. Some are more travel-friendly. Others are meant to be set in cement in a barbecue pit in your home. And many of them have their own special features that help life — and your food — taste extra nice.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the Weber Compact BBQ and see what it has to offer.
Among the most important features included in the Weber Compact BBQ are:
- Measures 53.1cm x 54.1cm x 87.9cm, weighs 7000 grams, made from hard plastic
- Black turtle-shell design
- Steel-plated cooking grate
- Porcelain enamel lid and bowl
- Heavy-gauge steel fuel grate
- Heat-shielded lid handle
- Angled hook for an easier grip
One of the most important things to keep in mind when looking for a portable barbecue is how easy it is to carry. There are several components to this, but one of the most commonly overlooked is how you carry the barbecue from site to site. The more difficult that is, the less portable a unit is, and few things make a barbecue easier to move than a handle and a lightweight build.
The former stops you from fumbling around without a good grip. The latter is as basic as it gets — the heavier a barbecue is, the more physically taxing it will be to move it from site to site. Thankfully, this model from Weber solves both of those issues with a lightweight build and a handle that is both easy to grip and heat-shielded so as to avoid burning yourself.
In addition, the Weber Compact BBQ 47cm model comes with a steel-plated cooking grate on top of which you can place all manner of patties, sausages, and whatever else you want to grill. The grate is sturdy enough to not bend under pressure, and it is easy to clean. Anyone who has had to deal with the hassle of cleaning and scraping grease off of a grill will definitely appreciate that latter point.
As for the lid itself, it is fashioned from porcelain into a convenient bowl shape. It is lightweight enough to lift off and set back on the grill with ease. That said, the actual frame of the turtle-shell dome is made from hard plastic.
Here you can check an unboxing video of the 57cm version (by CookFood Panda):
Pros and Cons
Our rating: 4.7 / 5
Smaller Than Most
It is worth noting that the Weber Compact BBQ 47cm model is smaller than many others. On the one hand, that’s what makes this model a fantastic option for those looking for a portable barbecue. A large one will be a hassle to haul around. By contrast, this smaller option from Weber is compact and easy to carry, doubly so given the improved grip offered by its handle.
However, this is also important because different barbecues have different capacities, and you don’t want to get one that’s too small for your barbecuing needs. Doing so can leave you in the awkward position of grill times taking longer because you don’t have enough grill space to cook everything at once, or else you simply have to leave people out, which isn’t an outcome that anyone wants. This model from Weber is definitely on the smaller side, so you need to keep that in mind when considering this option.
In addition, the fact that this model comes with a heat-shielded handle is a big plus. If there’s one thing that you never want to do with a barbecue, it’s to accidentally burn yourself. Even if you know well enough to keep away from the flames while something’s cooking, it’s still all too easy to accidentally touch the handle while it’s hot.
That can be especially painful if you actually grab the handle before letting go with a gasp of pain. The fact this handle is heat-shielded means you never have to worry about painful accidents like that again.
Easy to Assemble
Another nice thing about this model is that it is easy to put together. This is a far-too-often overlooked aspect of choosing a barbecue. After all, it’s one thing to have a hot grill, but quite another to feel hot under the collar as you’re filled with frustration at not being able to assemble a grill. That’s why it’s great that this model is so easy to put together. The component parts are easily distinguishable, and it doesn’t take a DIY genius to figure out how everything fits together.
What’s more, this model can easily be assembled and disassembled, which makes it that much easier to take with you. Simply disassemble it after using it and stick it back in your car or carrying case.
Is Weber Compact BBQ Worth It?
One of the most important things to keep in mind when evaluating something is considering it in relation to what it’s attempting to achieve. It isn’t fair to compare a print advertisement to a Picasso, and it isn’t fair to compare this barbecue to top-of-the-line options. That isn’t what it’s trying to be.
If, on the other hand, you are hungry for a barbecue that’s affordable, portable, and easy to take apart and put back together again, then you should be pleased with what the Weber Compact BBQ has to offer. It is a very basic model, but that isn’t always a bad thing, and in this case, that’s anything but. This model is a perfect option for those looking for a lightweight, no-fuss barbecue that’s great for cooking on the go.
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