Broil-King Porta-Chef(R) Propane Gas BBQ - 14,000 BTU
Broil-King Porta-Chef(R) Propane Gas BBQ - 14,000 BTU is rated
Rated 3 out of
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)
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of
G Beck Sr
Easy assembly & Use
I bought this unit on the recommendation from a friend with a Model 100 - Didn't kmnow I had ordered the 120, but very pleased with it - only drawback is you need to put a catch pan below grill as grease will build up in the body below. We use this grill in our Motorhome and it is easy to set-up, cooks well and take down. Just a little effort on clean-up will make the next use more pleasant.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 4 out of
Great value!!! But...
I have had my porta chef for 2 yrs. it is prob one of the best values in portable bbqs. I am very happy with performance. I run it off a 20lb tank so no fear of running out of fuel on a camping trip. How ever i am not happy with the strorage system used to store shelves and legs the shelves pop off way too easy and often when it is flat the legs fall out from storage if i try to move unit. Very very frustrating when packing. I would and have recomended this bbq to friends.
Ps, the lid locking tabs work fine but seem like a weak link in the system. I do worry about them letting go
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 2 out of
Not enough heat...
Good looking and good finishing. Good grill.
Not powerfull enough. It takes time to preheat even in good weather condition, it hardly elevate more than 400F. So forget BBQ in colder weather. Major problem.
Lighter give up after the first season.
Use a teflon sheet for cooking if you want to keep it clean.
I seldomly dismantle the legs cause I keep it on a balcony. Until now, no problem but I can easily imagine fixation problems underneath the cabinet if you dont do it really carefully.
I would have liked to easily get a spare lighter directly on the broil king site... but this feature seems unavailable... so instead, I have written a review.
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 4 out of
Good Travel Grill
I purchased this grill because of it's size and reviews I saw on you tube. I used it for the first time this past Easter weekend at the park. The grill was easy to set up and use. All my family and friends where pleasantly surprised of how well it cooked. My only issue with it was that it didn't have a good enough drip hole for the grease. Other than that i plan on using this grill for many tailgates to come!
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 3 out of
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.
Date published: 2016-07-03
Rated 5 out of
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!!
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 2 out of
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.
Date published: 2016-05-27