This Summer’s Most Badass Grill

 Courtesy NapoleonGrills.com

What It Is: The largest, most powerful gas grill for the price.

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Why We Like It: The $2,900 price tag may give some grillers pause — but it shouldn’t. A large, stainless-steel gas grill is the cornerstone of an outdoor kitchen, can last for decades, and can easily run $6,000. But for half that price, the Prestige Pro 665 from Napoleon — the largest privately owned barbecue manufacturer in North America — delivers everything you could possibly want in a sleek, convenient package.

It’s equipped with five 12,000 BTU stainless-steel tubular burners for high and even heating, an 18,000 BTU commercial-grade infrared rear-mounted rotisserie burner with full rotisserie kit, and a 12,000 BTU infrared searing side burner (ideal for putting a restaurant-quality crust on a steak). An integrated wood-chip smoker box with a dedicated burner essentially turns this grill into a smoker. Plus, there’s a temperature gauge on the roll-top lid. The hardy stainless steel wave-patterned cooking grids and burners are built to last against rust and wear, and the sear plates vaporize grease on impact to reduce flare-ups. A drip tray collects anything else for straightforward cleanup. There’s even an optional cast-iron charcoal tray insert if you don’t feel like grilling with gas. Altogether, the Pro 665 boasts 815 square inches of primary grilling space and an impressive 322-square-inches of warming rack space — that’s enough landscape to handle 40 burgers at once (and up to three chickens on the rotisserie). Is this overkill? Probably. But it’s also nice to have this array of options at the ready in a single space no matter how much meat you’re planning to grill.

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In other words, this grill is a versatile behemoth that requires serious deck space. The 6-foot, 320-pound Pro 665, with wheels for relatively easy mobility, essentially works as an outdoor kitchen. (They’ve even included a built-in stainless-steel ice bucket, chopping board, cart shelving system, and a towel rack.) Available for both natural gas and propane connections, the Pro 665 arrives pre-assembled for the most part, but expect to spend a few hours putting together the side burner, ice chest, and cart shelving system. The grill also requires an outlet to power its interior halogen lights and glowing knobs for easy nighttime cooking. And while the Pro 665 can easily handle a large backyard BBQ party, it’s most fun on those quiet Saturday evenings when you’re manning the flames with only a ribeye and a tumbler of scotch.

Nitpick: The construction quality is solid, but it’s not a completely stainless-steel model — the side and back panels are painted steel. While the burners on the Pro 665 are covered for a lifetime, the other components are covered for only two years. The high-powered grill burns through gas and propane relatively quickly.

[From 2,900; napoleongrills.com]