10 Ways to Still Enjoy BBQ Even With a Grill (that isn’t working)

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With the right tools and elements, you can still enjoy your grilled food without ever having to light a grill. There are even ways to enjoy those summertime backyard BBQs without ever having to worry if your grill is on or off.

Here are 10 ways you can still enjoy BBQ even with a grill (that isn’t working):

One problem we face is the lack of a grill. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but not every place has grills set up for you to grill your meat on. In fact, most don’t.

But that does not mean you can’t enjoy your BBQ! Grilling season is upon us and if you want to get outside and light some coals, there are ways you can do it even without a grill! Here are 10 ways to still enjoy BBQ even with a grill that isn’t working:

1. Charcoal Briquettes

2. Baking Powder in Grill Rack

3. Trampoline

4. Broom Stick

5. Kettle Grill

6. Foil Packets

7. Food Toaster

8. Cookie Sheet

9. Egg Carton

10. Fajita Pan

Sure, you could go out and buy a new grill, but if the one you already have isn’t working for you, what’s the point? Instead of opting for takeout or ordering in, try some of these quick and easy ways to still enjoy BBQ even with a grill (that isn’t working).

If you’re looking for a new grill to use while yours is in the shop or on its way out completely, check out our selection of gas grills here.

1. Gas Burner

If your grill is electric and your burners are working, you can still enjoy grilled foods without the charcoal or wood smoke. Use a grilling pan and cook as you normally would – just on top of your stovetop burners! Grilled vegetables and meats taste great when prepared this way.

2. Broiler

If you’re really not ready to give up grilling completely, try using your broiler instead. Set it on high and put your food on the rack. Use tongs to turn it over every so often until it’s cooked through to your liking.

3. Smoker Boxes

Smokey flavors can be easily achieved by placing meat in a smoker box that is placed inside the oven under the broiler setting. The smoke

As the weather becomes too cold to enjoy outdoor barbecues, it can be disappointing to know that you have to wait a few months before you can fire up that Weber grill again.

While many people like grilling in cold weather, the truth is that it just doesn’t work very well. The heat from the grill doesn’t reach the food as effectively, making it difficult to get that nice char on your steaks or chicken. Moreover, if your gas or charcoal grill isn’t working properly, there’s no way for you to enjoy all of those great flavors and aromas that come from grilling.

But don’t despair! Here are 10 ways you can still enjoy a delicious meal even if your grill isn’t working.

1. Use a panini press

If you have a panini press, this is a great way to make grilled sandwiches indoors. You’ll get all of the flavor without having to deal with flare-ups and without exposing yourself to the cold weather. A panini made on a panini press is equally as delicious as one made with a grill and tastes pretty much the same too!

2. Use an indoor smoker

If you don’t have access to an actual grill but do have access to an indoor smoker, this will

We all know that grilling is one of the most popular ways to prepare food. And for good reason! It brings out the flavor of the meat and spices and can give it a smoky taste.

However, not everyone has access to a grill. It could be that you don’t have one in your home or apartment, or it could be that yours is broken. Whatever your situation may be, there are still lots of options to grill outdoors even if you don’t have access to an actual grill.

One day I was grilling out with some friends. It was a beautiful sunny day. The grill looked great, and we were ready to cook. It was a good time to be alive. Then, it happened. As we were cooking, the grill just suddenly died on us. Flames gone, charred meat not coming anymore…what now? That’s when our quest for alternative ways to grill began.

How to still grill when you don’t have a grill:

    1 .    Hot dog roaster.     

    2 .    Broiler pan.     

    3 .    Charcoal or propane burner on your stovetop .     

    4 .    Eggplants, zucchini and other vegetables (grill them with salt, pepper and olive oil).     

    5 .    Pans and lids from your kitchen cabinets (use them as mini grills).     

    6 .    Foil packet using aluminum foil, salt and seasonings (and even an oven mitt!).  Trust me on this one—it works really well!    

  7 .    A portable gas stove with a griddle attachment (perfect if you’re lucky enough to have one of these). 


You’ve been doing your homework in the kitchen and you’re ready to take on any backyard BBQ challenge. Or maybe your grill broke down and you’re looking for some alternative ways to grill. Either way, you’ve found the right place.

Not all of the suggestions will work for everyone, but they can all be used in times of need.

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