The Char-Griller Outlaw is a barrel-style charcoal grill. Barrel grills generally have larger cooking surfaces than kettle grills do; the Outlaw has just over 1,000 square inches of cooking area counting the warming rack. This design also makes it easier to manipulate coals for indirect cooking. The Outlaw draws notice in reviews for its variety of accessories and its low price. Cast-iron grates and a powder-coat finish make it extremely durable, and the barrel is guaranteed for five years. Options include a side firebox for smoking and a rotisserie attachment. On the downside the Outlaw's larger size means longer warm-up and cool-down times, and it lacks the airflow control you'll find on competitors like the Weber One-Touch Silver (*Est. $80 to $90).
The Char-Griller Outlaw is neglected by most professional review sources, which generally focus on smaller grills. About.com's Derrick Riches, however, names the Char-Griller Outlaw one of the top 10 charcoal grills and writes a full review. Owners and bloggers, many of whom say they barbeque for dozens at a time, post enthusiastically about the Outlaw charcoal grill as well.
About.com's guide to barbecues and grilling, Derrick Riches, names the Char-Griller Outlaw as one of the top 10 charcoal grills for 2012. He praises its more than 1,000 square inches of cooking area and ability to cook "hot and fast or low and slow." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 10 Charcoal Grills, Derrick Riches
Derrick Riches, the guide to barbeques and grilling for About.com, praises the Char-Griller Outlaw's value, grilling space and durability. Riches writes, "Heavy steel construction and durable grates will keep this grill running for many years and looking like a serious grill while doing it." One reader posts a comment saying he has used his Outlaw continuously since 1995. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Char-Griller Outlaw Charcoal Grill/Smoker, Derrick Riches
Anonymous blogger "Doug" describes himself as an avid outdoor cooker and offers opinions on a few charcoal grills, including the Outlaw. He provides an overview of its features and general impressions saying that it's "a great value" and will last a very long time.
Review: Char-Griller 1224 Smokin' Pro Charcoal Grill Review, "Doug", May 15, 2007
More than 40 users at Amazon.com give the Char-Griller Outlaw an average rating of 4 stars (out of 5 possible). Even critical reviews say the Outlaw grills well and is an excellent value. The few complaints mention shipping damage and problems with optional accessories, such as the barbeque cover and rotisserie.
Review: Char-Griller 2137 Outlaw 1038 Square Inch Charcoal Grill / Smoker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2011
More than 50 owners post reviews of their Char-Griller grills here, giving it an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. One owner writes that he replaced the wheels that came on the grill with sturdier ones, and a few others say their grills arrived damaged or that they struggled with assembly and parts that didn't fit quite right. Otherwise, reviewers are generally happy with the Outlaw's quality, sturdiness and cooking power.
Review: Char-Griller Outlaw Charcoal Grill, Contributors to Walmart.com