Best Charcoal Grills for 2023

Charcoal grills are the masters of everything from mouthwateringly tender low-and-slow brisket to juicy, smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs. With the right grill in your outdoor kitchen, you, too, can be a master — a grill master, smoking your competition.

Which Charcoal Grill is Right for You?

From modern smokers to historic kamados, the world of charcoal grilling is a wide one indeed. Our private experts have put their heads together to provide this list of their best-in-class charcoal choices based on their quality, performance, and features.

  • Quality - When judging charcoal grills, our experts look for quality construction with great warranties and the best materials around. For charcoal grills, this usually means stainless steel — thanks to its superior high heat handling and weathering resistance. These models should feel solid as a stone; freestanding grills should enjoy sturdy wheels and easy mobility.
  • Performance - With charcoal grills, versatility is key. The best charcoal grills reach any reasonable temperature — from the smoking sweet spot of 225–250 degrees Fahrenheit to that perfect sear at 600 degrees (or higher). Airflow gives you the reins to this steed, so its control must be absolute while effortless.
  • Features - Charcoal grill manufacturers must work much harder to distinguish themselves from the market. For freestanding models, an ideal bonus could be a quality cart with convenient built-in perks like storage, towel racks, and bottle openers. We will always love a charcoal grill with a great thermometer near grate level.

Best Freestanding Charcoal Grills

Best Built-In Charcoal Grills

Best Kettle Charcoal Grills

Best Argentinian Style Charcoal Grills

  • Tagwood BBQ Argentine Santa Maria Wood Fire & Charcoal Grill

    What We Love:

    • 4 different cooking areas for a variety of culinary possibilities
    • Height adjustable main grate gives you more control over the grilling temperature
    • Height adjustable secondary grate lets you cook directly over firebox
    • Interchangeable griddle lets you cook foods like eggs or delicate fish

    Honorable Mentions:

Best Portable Charcoal Grills