If you’re serious about tailgating and need to have the size and the heat to grill for a real party then you need a real grill. Most portable tailgate grills feature collapsible this and portable that and are great for portability but you compromise a little on what you can cook. Then there’s the other side. The monstrous trailer grills that look like they could cook a whole pig; that take up 4 parking spaces and that take all day just to get up to temperature. The happy medium here, my friends, is the Margaritaville G1000 grill.
Size of a Real Grill
The Margaritaville G1000 grill is more like the standard gas grill that you use at home. It has a huge 352 square inch grilling surface, a 20,000 BTU burner that supplies enough heat to cover the whole grill and can easily cook 20 burgers, dogs, chicken breasts…or any combination thereof. The grill’s 20,000 BTUs enable it to cook in even the coldest of tailgating climates. And just like your grill at home this comes equipped with a built in thermometer in the lid and the lid flips back and stays in place so you’re not trying to grill with one hand. The grill is set up to use the 1 pound propane cylinders you see everywhere; however, with a simple adapter you can use a 20 pound propane tank for some serious grilling.
Features, Features, Features
Because the Margaritaville G1000 isn’t concerned about saving space they were able to include extra features into the grill to give it way more versatility and user-friendliness (not a word). For instance, right in front below the grill there’s a pop down drawer that you can use to store spices, condiments, sauces, etc. Plus there are several utensil hooks built right in so you can hang your full lineup of grilling utensils; keeping them ready for when you need them. There are two fold down plastic tables that give you instant space for the food trays (and your beer). Finally they actually integrated fold out legs into the bottom of the grill so that you can use it when it’s not attached to the hitch mount. So you can use it as a regular table top grill or really get your money’s worth by using it at home as well. There’s even a way you can customize your Margaritaville G1000 grill with your favorite team colors.
Probably the best feature about the Margaritaville G1000 is that it is truly a portable grill meant for tailgating. The grill rides outside behind the vehicle secured to a unique fold out hitch mount. This mount gets secured into a 2 in vehicle hitch and because the design of the hitch mount keeps it securely up against the vehicle, it won’t extend out beyond the parking spot. When you’re ready to use the grill, the mount will swivel 90 degrees and place the grill perpendicular to the vehicle allowing you compete access to the back of your truck or SUV. Another great thing about this design is that you can use the tailgate as a huge side table to store all the food and packages and coolers and etc.
One Minor Issue
This is almost a perfect tailgating grill; however, nothing’s perfect and there is one minor issue with this grill. The biggest drawback for the G1000 grill is that it comes with a cheap plastic lock that is used to secure the grill. It’s the combination style and it’s made from plastic and it could really use a beefier lock. However, you can always purchase a better lock separately if you don’t like it. You may also want to purchase a lockable hitch pin to secure it for when you’re in watching the game.