Weber Go Anywhere Charcoal BBQ Review

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Portable BBQ versus Disposable BBQ

One thing I love about BBQ is that you can cook great food in some stunning locations. It’s great to be able to carry a grill to a beach or an area with stunning views and cook a fantastic meal while enjoying the outdoors with or without great company.

A long time in the past I have used disposable BBQs. They do a good job but there is no comparison with purpose-built portable BBQs. There are also health and safety issues with disposables, so I would try to dissuade you from using them and instead encourage you to invest in a solid portable BBQ. You won’t regret it!

There are numerous different BBQs out there at different price ranges. You can pick them up for as cheap as £10. Whilst these models may not have all the features to maximise your cook they will give you a much better cook than the disposal.

With a portable, you will also be able to use the fuel you want. Using briquettes (I typically use Australian Heat Beads), you will be able to get a long, non-rushed cook. Anything you can do to make your cooking easier will reap benefits in the quality of food you produce.

Weber Go Anywhere Charcoal BBQ

I own a Weber 57cm Mastertouch and a Weber Smokey Mountain. One of the things that used to impress me with Weber BBQs was the build quality, so no surprise Weber was the brand I started to look at back in 2017. At the time, Weber offered 2 main portable models: the Weber Go Anywhere and the Weber Smokey Joe. Neither of these models is the cheapest out there but in the case of Weber Go Anywhere it had all the features I was looking for in a portable BBQ:

  1. Portability – it is easy to transport and the rectangular size is very convenient
  2. Good Cook Area – I like the rectangular design of this portable BBQ. Makes it easy to set up indirect and direct cooking zones if required
  3. A lid – I like to be able to cover my food when cooking to infuse it with the smoke. This lid will also hook on the side to provide a wind-break
  4. Vents – this BBQ has vents in the base and also in the lid. This makes it much easier to control the airflow in the BBQ and therefore the heat. For me, this is a must-have when cooking

The overall design of this BBQ is great.

Portability

The Weber Go Anywhere is really easy to cart around. It weighs in at just under 7kg. It has hinged legs which provide really good stability when using the BBQ. They provide a good clearance from the surface you are cooking on so should help not to burn or scorch the surface. When you are not using the BBQ, the legs pivot and lock the lid firmly in place. There is a single handle to then carry the BBQ around.

I have invested in some Plancha grates and also use the Xtender from Smokerig. This does add to the weight of the BBQ so I have bought a durable bag to carry the Go Anywhere and all the accessories.

Cooking Area

The Go Anywhere provides a cooking area of 42cm x 26cm. Personally, this has always been ample for me. It’s large enough to set the grill up with different zones if you need to and big enough to cook if there are a few people you are feeding. I typically use briquettes when I use the Go Anywhere, mainly as they give me a longer cooking time so if you want to cook a lot of food, it’s pretty easy to do.

Controlling Your Cook

The Go Anywhere comes with a sturdy firebox and lid. To control your cooks you need to be able to control the airflow and the vents in the firebox and the lid with its vents helps you to do this.

On the firebox, there are vents on the left and right of the body, and then in the lid, you have 2 vents. These provide good control over the airflow and the heat of your BBQ. Couples with a deflector plate you can be quite ambitious in terms of what you can cook in the Go Anywhere.

Verdict

The first thing I would re-iterate is portable BBQs are so superior to the disposable type. For me is a no-brainer to invest in a portable.

The Weber Go Anywhere is a fantastic portable BBQ. I have owned it for around 8 years now and have no regrets. It is a testament to what a great quality grill it is. It has great build quality and design.  I can see this BBQ lasting me for many more years!

It also has all the features I would want from a portable BBQ and helps to make your cooking much easier. Not the cheapest on the market but if you want a BBQ that will last for many years and help you with your cook you cannot go far wrong with the Weber Go Anywhere.

There are also some fantastic accessories you can now get for the Go Anywhere. I bought the plancha grates, which have been a great purchase. There is also now an Xtender product (released in Dec 2023) that will give you more versatility in your cooks. This includes the ability to cook more food at the same time, larger cuts of meat and also do rotisserie cooking.

Do you own one? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. John Roper says:

    Hi Phil bought the go anywhere after watching James at Barbechoo use and clean one. Have had it for a year and living in Spain is great to take to the beach or in the mountains, worth every euro and great for use with the Russian skewers

    1. I really like mine! Should use it more really!

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