If you’re a fan of the pellet style, but also have an active lifestyle, this list of portable pellet smokers was researched and put together just for you.
All of these options are compact, durable and easy to haul. You can throw them in the bed of your truck or trunk of your car for tailgating or a camping trip.
We’ve selected each of these models because they are proven performers and offer features we expect to see on full-size pellet grills. Included are both tabletop and standing models so there’s something for everyone.
This list is a compilation of our favorites with a complete spec breakdown to help narrow the field.
For a die-hard pit boss who can’t live without a grill even when away from home, the Davy Crockett from Green Mountain is the perfect companion.
If you’re looking for a pellet grill you can throw in the back of your vehicle to tag along on tailgates and camping trips, you want something durable, reliable and easy to use. This grill ticks all the boxes and is something you’ll enjoy so much, you might consider replacing your at home pellet grill with it too.
This model is substantially sized and weighs about 57 lbs so you’ll ideally want a buddy to help with loading and unloading. It is compact and folds nicely to fit in just about any trunk so it’s ready to roll when you are. Total grill size is 31.75’’ x 34’’ x 23”.
Features include the Sense-Mate thermal sensor to continuously monitor internal grill temps, a meat probe to track the internal temp of the meat you’re cooking up, a peaked lid so you can grill rib racks and whole chickens, and a stainless side table pop-up for prep with tool hooks for all your essentials. The temp range is 150-550 with 5 degree increment control so this guy gets hot and can be dialed in with a lot of precision.
The cooking area is a respectable 219 square inches and the hopper capacity for the pellets is 18lbs. The pellet window allows you to easily monitor your fill level and top off as needed.
One of the best perks of this grill is the digital wifi controller so you can monitor temps and cook time on the Green Mountain app via your smart phone.
This is a great pellet model for the serious griller.
Camp Chef is responsible for some of our favorite portable propane grills so it’s not surprising they have a sweet pellet grill ready to go on all your favorite outdoor adventures.
This is another solid pick for tailgates, camping or picnic days. I especially like that it has a long-legged base so it doesn’t require a table or actual tailgate to stand on. The legs also collapse into a pull-cart so the grill basically comes with its own dolly and is easy to transport without assistance.
Size is generous with a total cooking area of 510 square inches encompassing both racks. The overall weight is a hefty 82 lbs, which feels manageable thanks to the easy transport features.
This model includes all the necessities including 2 meat temperature probes, seamless witching between direct and indirect heat with Slide and Smoke technology, a quick and painless ash can cleanup system, electronic ignition, easy temperature selection, a range of 160 to 550 degrees, a 10 lb hopper capacity for pellets, and of course, a built-in bottle opener.
The design is compact but you don’t feel like you’re cooking on a mini grill. This is a solid companion for wherever your next adventure takes you.
If you’re looking for uber compact and portable this little guy from Traeger is the pellet grill and smoker combo for you.
It legitimately looks like a small hard shell suitcase, it is that minimalist. The external design is meant to take a beating and it can be hauled around in just about any size vehicle to accompany you to sporting events, tailgates, picnics, camping trips, and fishing weekends.
Features include a digital arc controller allowing you to set temps in 5 degree increments, advanced grilling logic for precise temperature monitoring, a convenient keep-warm mode after cooking is over, easy to clean porcelain coated grill grates, an internal meat probe for checking meat temps without lifting the lid, a built-in cooking timer and lid latches to lock it down for transport.
The total grilling area is 184 square inches so it is one of the smallest options on this list. By no means does that imply this Traeger is lacking, that equates to a rack of ribs, 6 burgers or 10 hot dogs, perfect for the average family. The pellet hopper capacity is about 8lbs.
A cast iron griddle is a nice added bonus to perfect the sear on your steak or cook up a traditional big breakfast.
Overall weight is 60 lbs so it isn’t too much of a beast to lug around. The dimensions are 13’’ x 21’’ x 20’’.
Another upright, this is a solid model from Pit Boss that is a great choice for longer events and grilling at parties with bigger groups.
The total cooking area is a roomy 440 square inches. It also includes a collapsible leg design with rolling wheels so it can be pulled along like a big suitcase during transport.
This model includes a flame broiler for direct flame cooking, a dial-in temperature control range of 180 to 550 degrees, an auto-start hot rod for quick heat ups, a digital control center and LED display, a lid-mounted thermometer and porcelain coated cooking racks.
The hopper size on this guy is small compared to the overall grill space at just 5lbs, so it will require more monitoring than the other options on this list.
The Tailgater is a nice smaller option from Traeger with all the basics needed for a solid smoke.
Traeger considers this a portable smoker due to it’s more compact size and while I don’t see it being the easiest to transport to your favorite tailgate, you can collapse the foldable legs and load it up in the back of your truck. You can also use it while its legs are collapsed int he bed of your truck if you want to save on space.
Total grilling size is 300 square inches with an included meat probe to monitor cook temps and electronic ignition. The temperature precision is also really nice on this model and can be set in 5 degree increments to fine tune the experience.
The pellet hopper capacity is average size at about 8 lbs.
This is a great little model from Country Smokers if you’re more focused on the lighter and compact tabletop pellet grills designed for max portability.
The feature list is solid including push-button ignition, dial in digital temperature control with a range of 180 to 500 degrees, a porcelain coated cooking rack, a lid-mounted thermometer, a stainless steel handle that can be used for carrying the grill, lid latches to lock it up for transport and a four legged short base designed for setting up on a tabletop or tailgate.
The overall cooking area is 256 square inches with a 5lb pellet hopper capacity.
The total weight is 42 lbs so it is the lightest option on our list and a great choice if you just need something EASY.
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I am a grill freak! It's hard to pick my favorite thing to grill, but if I had to choose... it is still a tie between pork ribs and a juicy beef burger. I am currently grilling on a Weber S210(I live in a small space) but my dream grill is definitely a summit. Those things are bad ass. Anyways I would love to hear from you, leave a comment or question below!