Over the past half-century, Weber has grown from a small sheet metal shop in Illinois into one of the world’s most recognized brands in outdoor cooking. During that time, the company has expanded beyond its classic kettle grill (now modernized and sold as the Weber One-Touch series) to offer many other products ranging from gas grills to cooking accessories to even full-service restaurants.
One of those newer products is the Charcoal Go Anywhere, which aims to be the perfect tailgating companion. It features the same high quality construction that you’d expect from a Weber product, with a porcelain-enameled steel body, adjustable vents, and a glass-reinforced nylon handles. But it also uses a rectangular design (notably different from most of the other Weber charcoal barbecues), which makes it very space efficient in the back of your trunk.
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In our earlier reviews of the Weber One-Touch Series and the Weber Smokey Joe Series, we spent a lot of time talking about the 2011 Weber class action settlement, which agreed that the grills couldn’t be marked as “Made in USA” because they weren’t 100% made in America. We also explained how even without the “Made in USA” marking, those two grills scored very highly for being almost 100% made in America.
Unfortunately, a Weber sales representative confirmed with us that the Charcoal Go Anywhere is an entirely different story. Despite being designed and engineered in the US, it is assembled in China out of almost entirely foreign-sourced parts and materials.
You can check it out here. But instead, you may want to consider the 5-star American Alternative rated Weber Smokey Joe series, which offers a comparably sized cooking surface, the same charcoal taste, and a lower price (not to mention the classic Weber kettle look) despite being a little bit less portable. You can also check out how the Charcoal Go-Anywhere stacked up against all of the other and grills that we reviewed in our Charcoal Grill Category Recap.