This was another attempt at a novelty grill designed to appeal to people who wanted to prepare barbecued food and serve it to their guests sitting at a bar-height serving area. It sounded like a good idea and the Barrel Bar-B-Que received a lot of attention from the press in 1972.
Unfortunately, you could not move this grill easily and certainly not during the grilling process. If your dinner guests were sitting down wind from the grill, the smoke from steaks or hamburgers could bring tears to their eyes.
The Barrel Barbecue had a short life, you could even say it was an idea that went up in smoke.