Blackstone Tailgater Portable Gas Grill and Griddle Combo Review
The Blackstone Tailgater is a versatile, portable gas combo grill that can be used for nearly all occasions. It includes a griddle and grill box, and can be used as a grill, a griddle, or even a stove. It’s compact, powerful, easy to use, and you can cook virtually anything on it. For tailgaters, campers, and picnic-goers alike, this grill gets it done.
- Easy portable setup, no assembly required, ready to use in seconds.
- With a built in gas grill and griddle, you can cook a variety of food at the same time. Each burner is capable of 30,000 BTUS for a total of 60,000 BTUS of cooking power
- Configure it in any way you want. Remove the griddle or the grill or both. This allows you to place pots and pans directly over the burner. Great for boiling water or using cast iron pots and pans.
- Heavy duty grill box with vent, handle and durable cast iron grill grates
- Rugged and portable steel griddle for optimal heat distribution and cooking performance
Out of the box
At about 85 pounds, the long and shallow shipping box was heavier than we expected a “portable” grill to be. It required some light assembly of attaching the collapsing legs onto the main grill and installing the grill box lid.
The instructions were very clear and the assembly took about 15 minutes. The legs can stay attached for storage/transport, so there’s no need to reinstall them every time you want to use the grill. The legs are also independently adjustable, which will come in handy for camping.
Portability is one of this unit’s core attributes, so we’ll talk here about how it performed. The biggest two problems with its performance in this area are that there is no carrying handle, and the grill is just too heavy. At an operating weight of about 75 pounds, that’s a challenge to put in and out of your truck, and carry it around a campsite by yourself. The legs also don’t lock in the closed position, so as you’re trying to sling an 80-pound grill around, the legs are not secured. Add the fact that there’s no convenient or comfortable way to carry it, and we’re left disappointed with its portability. Its versatility in performance is another story, though. Unlike its charcoal counterpart, the 30,000 BTU burners push consistent heat that makes the grill box, griddle, and open burner work just as designed. The temperature gauge on the grill box is a nice touch, and the box is the perfect size for a small, quick grilled meal. The grease trap leaves a bit to be desired, as it’s difficult to make sure that all of the grease ends up in the trap instead of on the lip of the grill or on your clothes from overshooting the trap. A smaller lip would go a long ways to addressing this. Rust accumulation has been an occasional complaint in the community, but we didn’t notice any problems in this regard. Blackstone has recently started carrying a carrying case for this unit, so perhaps this will solve this issue. Honestly, if weight isn’t an issue for you, this is head and shoulders better than the Coleman Road Trip Portable LXE, and we highly recommend the Blackstone Tailgater in its place.
Blackstone Tailgater Video Review
Youtuber Todd Toven is back with a great video overview of this grill.