The Rise of a New Competitor to the Popular Ceramic Grill

That is not to say that grills of this kind do not come with drawbacks, though.


  1. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that ceramic grills have made a big impression on the industry. Based on an ancient Japanese design that never went out of style there, these distinctive grills turned a lot of heads when they were first introduced into other markets. Once grilling experts discovered how well they performed, they starting selling in a way appropriate to the splash they first made.

    That is not to say that grills of this kind do not come with drawbacks, though. The most obvious of these is that they are invariably expensive, often costing several times what even a high-end model of traditional design does. That is virtually unavoidable, because creating such large ceramic enclosures is a necessarily difficult and expensive process.

    Some competing brands have brought prices down a bit, but they remain largely above what many people are comfortable paying for a grill. That has, so far, left too many people pining for the kind of performance that they know that such grills can deliver.

    The fact is that relief has arrived, though, even if many people do not realize it. While ceramic makes an excellent material to build grills from, the reality is that there are other options that are just as well suited to the application. Even better, many of these alternatives are much less expensive, while still delivering all of the advantages of ceramic.

    Grilling on a keg, for example, is an increasingly common way of enjoying ceramic-style performance at a fraction of the price. A big steel keg can be repurposed as an excellent, heat-retaining grill with very little work for manufacturers, meaning that these options can make great sense for the average backyard grilling setup.

    Just about all that it takes, in fact, is putting some insulation in between the two heavy steel layers that such kegs are built with to start. Beyond that, creating a consumer-ready bubba keg smoker involves only a little work with regard to cutting and creating mounts for the grills themselves.

    Despite the ease of manufacturing and low cost associated with them, such a bubba keg grill often holds up favorably to a ceramic one in all of the important ways. That means holding steady, even temperatures of the kind that contribute so directly to great grilling, along with offering up a pleasant space to work on. It also means costing far less than ceramic competitors, leaving many more people with this option to pursue.