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    Published on August 21st, 2015 | by Greg


    An Indoor Grill?! The Homping Cooks Without Smoke

    As the summer draws to a close, it’s time to get in all the grilling that you can, before it’s too late. At least, that’s what we planned on doing until we tried today’s unique piece of gear. We were tempted to put it in the Outdoors category, as that’s traditionally where we’ve looked at other grills- but this one is different. Electric grills have always been a little unsatisfying, and though you can grill in an gas oven, it doesn’t offer the smoke and char that a good grill can offer.

    The Homping Grill might have a funny name, but it succeeds where most others cannot. Like the George Foreman Grill before it, the Homping can fundamentally change how you cook inside- it actually uses charcoal, but manages to be near-smokeless so it is perfectly safe for indoor use. This grill wears it’s Asian roots visibly (it’s originally Korean), with a shiny exterior that feels friendly and a simple dial that controls the whole thing. Somewhat unusually, it relies on battery power- a set of four AAs keeps an internal fan moving and circulating. And at a little over eight pounds, it isn’t too heavy to move around or store out of sight, and is small enough to fit easily on a counter or table.

    The name actually makes more sense that it might seem at first glance- think “home camping” and you’ll get it. It won’t get as hot as we want to broil our steaks- only 400 degrees or so in fact, which was low enough for us to have trouble thinking of it or using it like a traditional grill. You won’t need all of the supplies you’d expect for a charcoal grill though- lighter fluid, or big bags of charcoal- just a few instant light briquettes. It’s cooking surface is ideal to cook a meal for one, or perhaps a couple, but you won’t be firing up a bunch of T-bones for a barbecue. On the plus side, it does heat up fast, in just a couple of minutes. And it’s not too bad to clean, with a drip pan to help catch grease, though the surface itself wasn’t as easy as some we’ve seen. The exterior stays cool enough to touch even while you’re cooking, so you won’t face accidental burns when you graze against the edges.

    Fun for tailgating if you’re worried about fire or flames, it’s ideal for an RV, on a balcony, in a small apartment or even on a boat. The Homping is definitely a good “starter grill”, and comes with a carrying case- plus it’s available in a couple of colors, black and orange. Priced at a very reasonable $200, you can find it online and in stores today!

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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