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This Nissan Titan is a giant grill with wheels. Not really.

nicad 25/04/2022 328

The only way to make "Murican" more "Murican" is when Grand Funk Railroad's American band We'an unleashed the earbleed decibel from the PA system. "This" is a full size van with its own BBQ. Let me break it down into important parts: full size. Vans. bar-b-que. Ce Nissan Titan est un gril géant avec des roues. Pas vraiment.

The irony here is that it's a Nissan.

There's an old adage: if you want to learn about America, ask a stranger. It's amazing how much we don't know about our own country, and even more embarrassing what we choose to actively ignore about it (see: Native Americans, Genocide of; Slavery, Role in Civil War; etc.) . So, like I said, leave it to a stranger, in this case a Japanese builder, to point it out to us in the most bodacious, cool, bossy, and, let's face it, most American way possible.

< p>Nissan introduces the world's first fully integrated truck bed smoker and mobile kitchen - a modified 2018 Titan XD King Cab dubbed 'Smokin' TITAN'. Photo: Nissan North America.

Even the kitchen sink

Cooking with Crisco

Availablity Ce Nissan Titan est un gril géant avec des roues. Pas vraiment.

Even the kitchen sink

The fact that someone has never done this before (and if they did, I'd be surprised if I missed it, my barbecue addiction runs so deep) is beyond me. The fact that an American trucking company has never done this before is a national humiliation. This would be the perfect thing to have at a tailgate party before the big game. Family gathering? The perfect thing. 4th July? The perfect thing. You see the picture.

This, to finally come to the point, is the Smokin' TITAN! Unapologetically and accurately called by Nissan: “The ultimate tailgating and barbecuing pickup truck.” It's a full-size TITAN (all caps baby!) or, at least, attached to the trailer hitch.

Nissan just rolled out the beast at this year's Geneva International Motor Show. I'm sorry, they actually showed it at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis (the biggest work truck event in North America). But man, I would pay real money to see the reactions if they rolled this out in Switzerland. Pull, I bet that would have violated several Swiss laws, not to mention I bet the American Heart Association and vegetarians around the world consider the Smokin' TITAN to be an insect that needs to be crushed.

Photo: Nissan North America. Ce Nissan Titan est un gril géant avec des roues. Pas vraiment.

Cooking with Crisco

It all started with a stock Titan XD King Cab, straight from the factory in Canton, Mississippi. On the Titan XD's broad metal shoulders were all sorts of barbecue-related gear, starting with a custom CM Truck Beds aluminum tray. This left room for three food prep stations, each featuring a Partner Steel aluminum dual-burner prep stove, along with a Churrasco Brazilian wood cutting board. There's even a custom Teton Steel 24×24 onboard sink with a water storage system.

Or, if cold storage is more of a priority, the sink and water system can be swapped out for a Yeti cooler. Since the Titans have flat cargo floors and that second row of seating in the King Cab, Nissan saw fit to include an ARB 50-quart fridge-freezer with a custom spice rack.

Attached to the Smokin' TITAN's hitch is a B&S Custom trailer made from the factory bed of another Titan XD. Aesthetically, it works very well. From a culinary point of view, how could this go wrong? The Smokin' TITAN Bed Trailer features two truck boxes that serve as lockable dry storage for your smoker pellets and wood chips, which are easily located on either side of the smoker. A B&S Customizing sliding tray has been designed to easily move the smoker in and out of the bed, and to support the Lang BBQ smoker and Char Grill. For those heartbreaking times when the smoker isn't in use, the entire trailer can be locked down with a steel Diamondback SE tonneau cover.

The Smokin' TITAN spices things up with custom IF Signs flame wrap, 20-inch ICON Alloy Alpha and Nitto Terra Grappler tires. Photo: Nissan North America. Ce Nissan Titan est un gril géant avec des roues. Pas vraiment.

Availablity

Is Nissan actually going to make a bunch of these 'Smokin' TITANs? Are you crazy? Liability waiver forms would take weeks to fill out, not to mention the approvals you would have to get from your team of cardiologists. So no, you can't just go out and buy one. You can however always go out and buy your own barbecue. Which I highly recommend.

Tony Borroz has spent his whole life racing vintage cars and sports cars. He is the author of

Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle. Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz.

Photo and photo source: Nissan North America.


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