Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 18
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Unhappycustomer Wrong pieces
Very hard to assemble. The handle is not the right size for the holes in the top and there were missing pieces. On top of this, the instructions were unclear. I doubt we will use it a lot. It does not deserve to go camping with us.
July 28, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Acemeijndert Nice camping BBQ
I have had my porta chef for around 2 years. I like the size and it cooks nice. The leg holder has never worked from the start and the igniter quit after a month. This did not bother me much I just use a lighter to get it going. The paint is starting to come of the lid now. I would recomend this bbq for camping it works well. It does get a little messy under the grill and the little shelf in the front is kind of usless and is always full of leaves snd anything else that falls off the trees while your camping. Overall I give the bbq a 3 out of 5.
July 2, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by 2hi4low Good ideas but falls short
Got this BBQ to replace our Rv unit. It seemed good when we assembled it at home, but after our first camping weekend we are unimpressed. For the record, I have owned a few Broil King products over the years and have always thought they are solid products. This unit, while seemingly well thought out to be a portable falls short because :
1 - it doesn't get hot enough. Camping at modest elevations of only about 1000m, it could only ever muster about 400* f. And it took fifteen minutes of preheating to get to that.
2 - the pins to detach the legs from the body are not user friendly. If you have dexterity problems good luck!
3 - when you do get it folded up / packed down the trays that snap underneath consistently fall off. Also, the heat shield inside flops around. A simple strap could fix this.
4 - The tabs to hold the legs in place ( for storage) are going to break - it's just a matter of time.
5 - Yup, grease really pools up in the bottom. It should've had a proper slope and drain / grease tray.
On the positive side, it has a good cooking grille, a solid body, a good igniter and usable side trays. These qualities just don't make up for the other shortcomings though. Sorry, Broil King, nice try but not good enough.
May 26, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by braaap12 junk
put it together,tried it out, went to put the legs underneath and the tabs holding them broke, also when you tip it up to get underneath the lid comes open and everything falls out.
March 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Native Excellent Smaller Grill
The Porta-Chef is overall an excellent smaller grill which was what I needed for my condo balcony. The plastic shelves are a bit weak or would have been 5 stars rather than 4. Gets up to 650 degrees in about 10-15 minutes of pre-heat and holds temp very well. Assembly was quick and easy, took about 15 minutes and minimum tools.
Delivery service was excellent also.
July 31, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by roadcam well-built, but poorly-designed
OK, I'm 63 yrs old, and a barbecue 'expert' ... have owned a dozen grills over the years, even welded up a few from scratch ...
this grill is WELL-BUILT, and portable, that's the GOOD news ...
the BAD news :
1. burner much too close to grill, gets way too HOT at its lowest setting - 350-375 degrees, (needs to be 220-225 for slow roasting meat) ... I am going to block some of the burner holes with stainless steel hose clamps, to reduce the flame on mine ...
2. no drip cup, etc., for the grease to drain, instead, collects in bottom of grill, a real MESS !
3. 'stainless' steel burner tube has rust film after first use (decent stainless will NOT do that)
January 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bmusd Here's your answer!
The Grill King Porta-Chef Pro is the one to buy if you want a tailgater, camp-ready, or even an apartment size BBQ that does the job beautifully! Unlike its competitors of more dubious origins, this Canadian made barbecue has cast iron grills that elevate it to a professional level, just like its name suggests. Run, don't walk, to your nearest supplier and see for yourself! The folding down side tables and stowable legs (picture a suitcase) is perfect for carrying to remote locations easily, or for squeezing into a tight storage space! We use ours in our RV and had it changed to a low flow (convenience outlet) configuration by our local dealer, Gasland. Really, really happy with this BBQ!!
August 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Duge Good size for the RV
Works great, and folds up easy to store in the storage compartment of our 5th wheel.
December 25, 2012