I fantasize about having the resources to design and produce a unique portable gas grill that might be seen on an infomercial or QVC. I have some innovative ideas to bring to the table. I've even incorporated some of my ideas using existing portable gas BBQ's.
The two main innovations I have that aren't found aren't found on today's portable gas grills. 1. Son of Hibachi grill invented a battery operated rotisserie to buy as an accessory. It has a spit rod that's held up by two "ladders" with thumb screws that clip onto the side handles of the BBQ. Cord free and the rotisserie has a lot of torque using just one D battery which lasted me 2 seasons. The spit rod has the usual slide on "forks" to spear and hold chicken breasts. I would utilize that battery rotisserie with some changes that takes into account innovation #2. The hinged "hood" of the BBQ would have a unique ratcheting mechanism hinge that allows you to close down the hood to varying degrees. No more having to keep the hood propped open with a stick or something, the hinged hood would click down to varying heights. Right now, with BBQ hoods, its all or nothing...either fully closed or fully open. Additionally, the hood would have channel slots cut in each end to allow closing the hood partially down over the spit rod as it turns. This would allow wood chips and fat to smoke the meat while not having to shut the hood all the way down, which in many cases, gets the air inside too hot. Along with these two innovations would be a way to have the spit rod ladders attached so as not to hassle with loose parts lying around. They would be neatly incorporated into the overall design. The spit rods could easily be made in two pieces you screw or lock together to save space. Additionally, it would include a basket for fish or vegetables. Along with these innovations would be the usual improvements such as infrared heat design to prevent flair ups, a built in wood chip smoker, thermometer, etc. For just grilling purposes, I've seen formed aluminum foil sheets that fit right over grilling racks for easy clean up. I'd include that too.
I've already jury rigged the cord free rotisserie for Cornish game hens using a regular portable gas BBQ, and they came out absolutely delicious, the same with breasts and thighs. Closing the lid down part way is key. Whether at a park or the beach or camping, you could set it and forget it while you play or hike.
Would such a portable gas BBQ with cordless rotisserie and ratcheted hood catch your attention if you saw it being shown on a commercial for it? Any thoughts welcomed.