Proper rotisserie cooking generally requires a large setup — which is a problem when you're wanting some perfectly-cooked skewers at your next tailgate. Enter the Carson Portable Rotisserie Grill. This suitcase-sized setup can hold up to seven rotating skewers — powered by an internal rechargeable battery or plug-in wall adapter — and offering a high-heat porcelain-coated charcoal tray, rugged, lightweight aluminum construction, 4,000 cubic inches of cooking volume, and the ability to turn 10-12 people into best buds with just a couple bites. [Scouted by Carl]
Smoke it wet, smoke it dry, or don't smoke it at all with the Napoleon Apollo 3-in-1 Smoker ($360). Sporting a unique modular design, the Apollo offers three separate cooking chambers, each with its own 20-inch cooking grate, vents, and temperature eyelets for precise heat control, and a horizontal bar with five meat hooks in the upper lid for hanging fish, ribs or sausages. Of course, you don't have to use all three — remove all but the bottom, and it becomes a humble charcoal grill. It's up to you — so don't come complaining to us if your idea of using old newspaper as fuel leaves your food with an odd inky flavor.
Grills are better on wheels — and we're not talking about those flimsy things on the side of your stack. Brennwagen Grills (€500-€4,400; roughly $725-$6,300) sport thick, sturdy wheels on all four corners, as well as a handle for easy pulling and a host of high-end features like fully isolated drawers for meat and drinks, stainless steel construction, integrated thermometers, drum brakes, and height-adjustable grill units. It's German engineering at its tastiest.
Whether you're a professional tailgater, the designated family reunion chef, or simply have a reason to make unreasonably large quantities of smoked food, you would do well to check out the Rolltisserie ($6,700-$7,300). Made entirely of 304 stainless steel and mounted on dedicated trailers, these mammoth smokers combine a fully automatic, gas-fired, wood-smoking oven with a digital temperature control system and over-sized self-basting rotisserie system to cook nearly 200 pounds of food at once, making for an awful lot of happy diners.
Traditional smokers do a great job of imparting flavor to your food, but if you're not careful, you could end up with a Griswold-dry roast by the end. The Meco Stainless Steel Electric Water Smoker ($195) overcomes this by sitting a pan of liquid — water, seasonings, beer, whatever — between the heat and your meat (not your meat), slowly cooking while dispersing smoke and vapor that helps to keep your food moist. This particular model features a 1500 watt heating element, over 300 square inches of cooking surface, a removable thermostat, and wood handles so you don't inadvertently burn your hands, Darkman-style.