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Campground Grillin'

When you're camping close to the car, there's no need for freeze-dried. Feast like royalty at your next frontcountry campout with these nine field-tested grilling products designed for the outdoor gourmand.

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EsbitsFoldableBBQBox_445

Esbit’s Foldable BBQ Box assembles in seconds, and packs down flat. Testers liked the adjustable grill height, but wished for a lid while testing on a windy evening on central Washington’s Table Mountain. $90, 5 lbs. 4 oz., industrialrev.com

KingKookerUltimateJalapenoRack_445

At home, we cored 24 jalapenos and stuffed them with cheese; at camp, we loaded them into the King Kooker Ultimate Jalapeno Rack, and put them on the grill uncovered. A half-hour later, cheesy peppery goodness oozed forth. $20, 20 oz., cabelas.com

CampChefEZTurner_445

Testers were skeptical that the Camp Chef EZ Turner might bleed all of the goodness out of the steaks, but this tool is so sharp that it makes only the tiniest of punctures so juice stays trapped. $15/2 pk., 3 oz., campchef.com

OutsetPerforatedWok_445

Grilled Walla Walla Sweet onions came out perfect in the Outset Copper Nonstick Round Grill Wok. The wok’s holes allowed smokiness to permeate every bite, and the nonstick surface cleaned up with a swipe of paper towel. $25, 1 lbs. 5 oz., outsetinc.com

BicsFlamedisk_445

Testers swooned over the convenience of Bic’s Flamedisk: rip off the foil top, light, and enjoy a charcoal substitute in a fraction of the time and hassle. The single-use ethanol-filled tray runs hot for about a half-hour. $5, 1 lb., grillingwithbic.com

SnowPeakChoppingBoard_445

The Snow Peak Chopping Board Set packs a carbon stainless steel utility knife (6″ blade) right inside the folding cutting board/box. Testers liked the non-slip footed base, but wished the 8×10″ cutting surface were larger. $40, 18 oz., snowpeak.com

CampChefPieIron_445

The Camp Chef Pie Iron is “like a tiny Dutch Oven on a stick”, producing amazing crunchy grilled cheese. Make more than sandwiches with Richard O’Russa’s “Creative Pie Iron Cooking”. Iron: $17, 2 lbs. 10 oz., campchef.com; book: $15, amazon.com

WeberFirecubes_445

We nestled a couple of Weber Firecubes among our briquettes and had taste-free coals in the amount of time it takes using conventional charcoal starters. Caveat: some airflow is good, but high winds reduced performance. Weber.com, 12 oz., 24 pack/$6