June 16, 2006 There’s something about tending a barbeque that makes it difficult to be unhappy which probably accounts for why the practice of tailgating gets more popular each year. So popular in fact that in recent times it seems to have spawned an array of purpose-built devices from a complete US$9,000 gourmet kitchen in trailer form, through the comprehensively appointed US$3000 Chill-n-Grill tailgate set that comes with a cooker, cooler CD player, radio and integrated speakers. Freedom Grill’s business model seems to be dedicated to turning the whole world into everyone’s backyard, and they took the concept one step further with the extremely popular US$800 detachable, vehicle-mounted FG-100 that was perfect for SUVs, Pickups, and RVs. But US$800 is still a lot of money, so we’re chuffed that they’ve developed a proletarian model with almost the same functionality and a US$300 price.
But US$800 is still a lot of money, so we’re chuffed that they’ve developed a proletarian model with almost the same functionality and a US$300 price.
Both the FG-100 and its new FG-50 little brother attach to the back of any vehicle with a standard 2" receiver hitch, meaning you don’t need to put a greasy, smelly grill inside your truck or SUV. The mounting system enables the grill to lock closed for driving and swing away from the vehicle during use. You drive with it on leaving more room inside for camping supplies or third row seating.
Designed for greater versatility the FG-50 maintains over 352 square inches of cooking space -- enough room to cook 20 burgers, 4 chickens, or 40 brats. The removable grill head has built-in legs, and fold-out side tables making it a cinch to use on a picnic table or anywhere else away from the vehicle.
More detail on the US$3000 Chill-n-Grill tailgate set can be found here.