We all have our favorites, and by favorites, I mean grills. Sure, I love them all, but I call two my favs: my late-nineties Performer and my Summit Grill Center. The Performer has been with me through thick and thin. It even remembers me when I had hair. It does everything and anything.
The Summit is the aircraft carrier of my backyard. I love its heat, its grilling space, and its lines. There is, however, a third love I’ve moved into the mix and for my hardened grilling and BBQ friends, its inclusion may surprise you. It’s the Weber Q.
Fast forward to January. As part of the colored Q launch, I was shipped a Q1200 to photograph and film. As the winter weather raged, the rest of my grill fleet stayed under cover while I exclusively grilled on the Q. Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected the Q to perform the way it did.
I have a routine...or rather, a ritual. Every time I get a new grill, I prepare a bone-in ribeye. The Q was no different. The only difference, I suppose, was the below freezing weather and strong wind. Without missing a beat, the Q hit over 450 F and grilled a splendid medium rare ribeye with the all so important perfectly squared off grill marks. It floored me.
With the addition of of grilling pan, the Q can grill indirect. While steaks, chops, and burgers are nice, the indirect grilling of larger cuts opens up a plethora of new menu options. Over the coming weeks, I had whole grilled chickens and pork roasts. Two things I never thought possible on a portable gas grill.
Perhaps the greatest strength of the Q is just that, it’s portability. While the Q can “grill,” thanks to its portability, it can grill anywhere. That’s the treat, as with the Q, I literally grilled all around the house: the backyard, side yard, front yard, driveway - everywhere. For the first time ever, I got a huge kick walking dinner in the front door.
While grilling around the house is nice, the real benefit is away from home. With the Q Portable Cart for Grilling, I had the grill loaded up in my truck ready for adventure in under 10 seconds. That’s awesome.
While the Q doesn’t have the smokiness of the Performer or the size of the Summit, it has the spunk of them both. Coming from my eyes, the Q is a great grill whether it’s your first, or sixth.
Does this mean I’m going to replace all of my grills with a Q? Of course not. However, if I did have to live with only one grill, could it be a Q? Absolutely. Now the only question would be, which color?