Fired Up

With these grills, you can take it with you

When we're home during the summer months, our grills are never-ending furnaces of activity and the workstations for countless dinner parties. But when we're on the go, our behemoths can't make the trip with us.

Luckily, there are lots of fun-size grills on the market, so you can have your smoke and sear anywhere (click here to see the slide show).

The folding notebook grill ($42) from Direct Design is light enough to be a carry-on (and our pick for the beach), while Bodum's squat Fyrkat ($50) provides a pop of color to al fresco meals.

The City Boy Picnic Grill ($229), a sleek Scandinavian import, is the epitome of ease: It eschews messy charcoal for canned fuel, controlled by a dial on the outside of the basket. But serious meat lovers should consider the Big Green Egg Mini, a bantam version of the original ceramic smoker that chefs swear by.

And the terra-cotta stylings of Black and Blum's hot pot ($124) marry meat and veg: Use the lid to grow your herbs while cooking your proteins in the fiery center.

When our monthly menu hits your in-box next week, it'll be full of grill-happy recipes for a day outdoors. So prepare by picking your companion for the road.

And don't forget the matches.