Slow 'N Sear® Travel Kettle Grill
The Most Portable Kettle Grill on the Market
The 18" Slow 'N Sear® Travel Kettle gives you all the performance you’d expect from a kettle style charcoal grill while on the go! Tailgaters, Campers, and backyard cooks alike will love having the versatility of a kettle style grill with a portable but generous 18" cooking surface. And this isn't just a kettle - It's powered by Slow ‘N Sear®! When utilizing the patented Slow ‘N Sear® accessory inside the cooking chamber, this kettle focuses heat for a true two-zone cooking environment that provides the best low 'n slow smoking AND searing power of any portable charcoal grill on the market.
- 304 Stainless Steel, 18" EasySpin™ Grill Grate offers superior quality and cooking capability
- Slow ‘N Sear® Charcoal Basket insert for unrivaled searing power, low ‘n slow smoking, and true two-zone cooking capability (Mini Drip Pan pictured next to the charcoal basket is sold separately)
- Lid cradle keeps your lid safely off to the side and out of the way and also folds up to lock the top in place for carrying
- 5 vent no-touch ash removal system for superior ash removal
- “Smoke Hole”: 1 inch circular bottom vent provides more refined airflow control or for a thermostatic controller
- “Probe Port”: ½ inch circular digital thermometer port for more accurate temperature readings.
- Top and Bottom vents with larger holes for more airflow and higher temps when needed
- Large porcelain coated charcoal grate for a larger fire when cooking without the Slow 'N Sear® accessory
- All port holes have covers that swing out of the way when not in use
- Please note that the Slow ‘N Sear® Charcoal Basket insert is designed to work with a water pan and does not have a built in water reservoir
- 30-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
*We DO NOT ship the Kettle Internationally nor to PO Boxes
- Total Height: 21 inches
- Width: 20¼ inches
- Weight: 17.8 pounds
- Cooking Grate: 18 inches
- Color: SnS Gray (Porcelain Enamel)
- Shipping Dimensions: 21x21x10 inches
- Designed in U.S.A.; Manufactured in China
Recommended Accessories (sold separately):
Watch the video below for detailed assembly instructions:
First cook on the SnS travel kettle
I cooked bacon, burgers and steaks to season the grill and to test out how it holds the heat. I am satisfied that it will not only grill but perform well for two zone, long cooks. I am replacing a much heavier cooker used on our motorhome and am happy with the SnS light weight, portability and compact size. I have purchased SnS upgrades for my Weber kettles and Smoky Mountain cooker and knew that this kettle would be well designed and built. Thanks for the great product!
Excellent kettle for traveling or just to use at home.
We like the grill better than the jumbo joe. The only thing they should have done is make the ash cleaner have a stop and a gage to know how far open the vent is instead of guessing. The lid holder should hold the lid in a more 90 degree angle when opened.
Feature Packed Travel Grill!
Perfect size grill for tailgating, camping or in those times when you just don’t want to fire up the big grill! Loaded with all the features and improvements that make it a top grill in a small package! Stainless Steel cooking grate, 5 bladed ash sweeps, correctly positioned thermometer and air vents, thermometer probe ports…. The list goes on and on! Because of the size and volume it make your charcoal last Longer and that saves you money! At the end of your cook just close all the vents and the coals go out super fast… saving them for the next cook and saving you money! Win Win all the time! This grill can handle anything from hamburgers to pulled pork and is truly something to be considered if you need or want a smaller size grill! This may be THE GRILL that you didn’t know you wanted… but the grill you will fall in love with.
We are so glad to hear how much you like it! Thank you for taking the time to leave this great review. Grill on!
First Version is a Very Good Grill - Some Tweaks will Make It Better
Initial Thoughts Overall build quality is pretty good. My unit had some defects on the outside of the bottom bowl, but I contacted SnS Grills and they basically said don't worry about it, they would note it in case something happened. The SnS insert that comes with the grill and the optional mini drip pan which I opted to get, do not fit quite as good as their bigger siblings. During my low & slow cook I got a fair amount of liquid dripping into the bottom bowl and into the ash pan. This was because the drip pan is just not big enough to adequately catch all the drips from the indirect cooking area. I have a lot to learn. I should have taken the time to do a test run and learn how the grill runs. Instead I figured I have multiple cookers, I'm good to go. Nope. In my initial hot & fast cook I used too much charcoal. For the low & slow cook, I was chasing the temp all day. It would seem like it settled in, but then the temp would either jump up, or take a big dip, both of which had me going outside to tweak the vent settings. It is very efficient in low & slow mode. In this area it is at least equal to it's big brother, if not better. I ran grill for over 5.5 hours (using Jealous Devil lump charcoal) and still had a little less than half a basket left in the grill after I snuffed it out! I suspect I could have went a solid 8+ hours! There is no water reservoir in the small SnS charcoal basket. SnS recommends using a foil loaf pan filled with water over the coals. I didn't have one so I used a small cast iron skillet filled with water. Things I Like The size of the grill is great. At 18" you can get a decent amount of food on this grill and it is still small enough to lug many places. Make no mistake, this grill is not small and it is not light. But that said you can move it around fairly easily. If you are going any distance on foot, I would put it in a wagon. Price. For what you get I think it is a good value. This grill has a lot of great features. Baby Back Maniac has a nice YouTube video comparing the features of the SnS Travel Kettle to his Weber Jumbo Joe. Things like the probe port, smoke hole (temp controller port), heat shield and cool touch vent handles shows thought was put into the design of this grill. The lid bail doubles as lid lock when transporting the grill. Things That Could Be Improved The grill lid does not sit in one position. It shifts from side to side when in the up position and resting in in the lid bail. This may be seen as a benefit as you can shift it from one side to the other as a wind block. I would prefer it sat straight back and then I could turn the grill to defeat the wind if necessary. The long bottom handle that serves to adjust the lower vent and to activate the ash sweep does not lock into place and it is slightly flimsy. I'll likely rig something up to keep it tight. I have not figured out a way to mark the vent positions so I don't have to look at the bottom vent. My grill thermometer is off by 25-30 degrees. This is fairly common for grill thermometers, if you want to travel light and leave your digital thermometer home, you will need to figure out the variance of yours, or replace it with a Tel-Tru thermometer. The size of drip pan as mentioned above, although this is an option, I thought I would still list it. Me. I need to cook more on this grill before coming to a final verdict. In retrospect, I should have done (and will do) a test run as mentioned above. This would have allowed me to try using the smoke hole to regulate the low & slow cook, rather than relying solely on the lower vents. I could have also figured out how much charcoal I need for a hot & fast cook. I should have probably used briquettes rather than lump charcoal. Value: I think this grill is a lot of grill for the money. I was considering the PKTX which is over 2.5 times as much as the SnS Travel Kettle, but I really wanted PK to upgrade the capsule of the TX to the New PK300 capsule because I like the improved features. There is still no word if that will ever happen, although I think at some point it will. So in the end I went with the SnS Travel Kettle. I think I will be happy and feel that it will serve me well.