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By Aron Vaughan

The Thrill of the Grill: Your Guide to the Best Grills for This Year’s 4th of July Celebration

Whatever your plans are this July 4th, they probably involve a grill. And if they don’t, you’re just not doing it right. After two years of limited ability to gather with friends and family and enjoy all things freedom, it’s time to make up for missed opportunities. 

That’s why Innovation & Tech Today has curated the ultimate Independence Day Grill Guide. It’s got something for everyone, whether you’re getting together with extended family and need maximum dog and burger space, you’re just starting out and want to try your hand as grill master for the first time, or you’re planning to be lakeside by the campfire. 

Without further ado, check out our top picks to help you on your way to becoming a killer griller!

Large Big Green Egg in an intEGGrated Nest+Handler Package

$1,519

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The Big Green Egg has become synonymous with top-tier grilling — and for good reason. 

The Large Egg is the number one ceramic kamado cooker. It’s an all-in-one grill-smoker-BBQ-brick oven combo so you can cook everything under the Sun, inside an EGG, in the back of your yard. 

Included in the intEGGrated Nest+Handler Package, among other features, is the Convection Cooker known as the ConvEggtor, designed to facilitate indirect cooking on the Big Green Egg by providing a heat-directing barrier between the food and the fire, instantly transforming your EGG into an outdoor convection oven. The design of the convEGGtor, in conjunction with the thermal properties of the EGG, allows heat to efficiently radiate within the dome while preventing the flames and heat from over-cooking the food.

The included Grid Gripper allows you to safely and easily remove and replace your cooking grid, and the Ash Tool is bundled in the package so you can remove the small amount of ash that collects at the bottom of the EGG. Each intEGGrated Nest+Handler Package also comes with a bag of Natural Lump Charcoal and SpeediLight® All Natural Charcoal Starters

Z Grills-450A Pellet Smoker

$469

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For the grill aficionado who will settle for nothing less than the most tender pork ribs with seared-in smoky flavor, look no further than the Z Grills 450-A Pellet Smoker. 

Perfectly sized for smaller families and couples, the 450A is a rigorously tested pellet smoker designed to create authentic smoky flavor. 

The advanced PID controller ensures precision temperature control in winter or summer. Smart digital control also means excellent results without the need for constant 

monitoring. A wide temperature range allows you to cook from low and slow to hot and fast with confidence and ease. Covered in high-temperature powder coat, the heavy-duty steel body ensures years of wood-fired flavor.

The unique Venturi-style firebox design also creates a burn pot cyclone of airflow for maximum heat distribution and complete combustion of the pellets with minimal waste.

Weber Genesis II E-310 Gas Grill

$779

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Perfect for novice to intermediate grillers, the Weber Genesis II is easy to use and dependable. Weber is a leader in the gas grill space and has everything down to a science. 

The three stainless steel burners offer an output of 39,000 BTUs, which is plenty for an outdoor July 4 get-together with the family. With a Tuck-Away warming rack, barbecue enthusiasts have a total of 660-square inches of cooking area. Flavorizer bars catch grease and food drippings, which protects the burner tubes and prevents flare-ups. More importantly, when the grease hits the bars, it vaporizes and is then absorbed into the food making it juicier and tastier.  

The Genesis II features a center-mounted thermometer, three powerful burners, and iGrill 3 smart technology compatibility. And, the porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates are easy to clean and durable, making it the go-to option for grillmasters who want to get to spend their time barbequing instead of prepping. 

NOMAD Grill and Smoker

$649

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If James Bond were on a mission that required a grill, this is the one Q would think up for him. No matter how you slice it, this thing is cool… or should I say lit? Dad puns aside, if you’re looking for maximum portability and stealth (we won’t ask), this is the grill for you. Aptly named the “Nomad,” this briefcase could save your life if you’re hiking the Pacific Trail or venturing into the unknown regions of the Northern territory. It’s also the perfect addition to a sedan already packed to the brim for a weekend getaway. This lightweight carrying case delivers up to 425 square inches of cooking space, and weighs only 28 pounds. It features vent sliders with high-temp magnets for optimal damper control and no-spill mess mitigation and ash containment. In addition, the ultralight stainless steel grates are domed for extra coal clearance and superior strength and rigidity.

Weber Q1200 Gas Grill

$259

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Another top-tier option for a portable grill, the Weber Q1200 packs a punch with an 8,500 BTU per hour main burner. And, it packs plenty of innovative features for the price, foremost of which being the Weber Smart Grilling Hub which allows you to turn your portable grill into a smart device in seconds. Other features include a 189 square inch grilling surface, porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and a removable pan to capture grease, meat juices and rendered fat. It also comes in several different colors so you can be the most fashionable guest at the RV site.

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