The Weber Q 1200 portable gas grill is ideal for tailgating, picnics or just plain old backyard barbecuing.
Disclosure: I received the Weber Q 1200 grill as a gift from Weber in 2015.
Remember when I went to that grilling workshop at the Weber Grill Academy back in February?
They had given all of the bloggers who attended a Weber Q 1200 Portable Grill, along with some other swag. The intention was that we would (hopefully) write a blog post about them, although we weren't specifically asked to do so.
I thought about writing a review, but it took me a long time to get around to even turning this grill on.
To be fair, it was still -30°C when they gave me the grill, and the snow in my backyard didn't melt until the end of April.
I've since had a few months to play with this super cute portable gas grill, and I have to say I really like it. I've made grilled ribs in cola sauce, jerk shrimp, and several beautifully charred ears of sweet summer corn.
As a petite woman, I've always felt a bit awkward using my dad's giant grill in our backyard. When I open the lid, it goes way above my head. So this feels like a nice approachable grill that I can start to learn how to cook on.
Weber Q 1200 Grill Specifications
Main burners: BTU-per-hour input: 8,500
Dimensions - Lid Open and Tables Out (inches): 24.6"H x 40.9"W x 20.5"D
Dimensions - Lid Closed and Tables Out (inches): 15.5"H x 40.9"W x 16.5"D
Primary cooking area (square inches): 189
Total cooking area (square inches):189
Stainless steel burners: 1
Fuel type: Liquid Propane (disposable cylinder sold separately)
Side tables: 2
Battery type: AAA
Batteries: 1 (in the push button)
My Thoughts on the Grill
If you're looking for a small, portable, user-friendly gas grill, this is it. It's very easy to pack it up for a trip to the beach or a picnic, but also works nicely in a backyard if you don't have space for a bigger grill.
This portable propane gas grill has some really nice features:
- rust-resistant cast aluminum lid
- two fold out tables
- enamel-coated cast iron cooking grates
- push button electronic ignition
- removable catch pan for grease drippings
- lid mounted built-in thermometer
The cast iron cooking grates heat up nicely, and provide even cooking on everything from fish to steak to burgers. The one downside though is that the cooking space is small, so you may take a while to cook for a crowd.
Also, obviously, you're not going to get the same smokey flavour from a gas grill that you would get from charcoal grilling. While some gas grills do allow you to allow use charcoal in them, this particular portable grill does not.
The fold-out tables are helpful, although I wouldn't put anything too heavy on there. The rest of the build quality is excellent though.
The propane gas cylinders that you need to buy separately as very easy to find. Most hardware stores carry them. I usually buy mine from Home Depot, but you may be able to order them online as well.
If you'd like to see my full review on the Weber Q 1200, you can watch my video on YouTube.