We have discovered recently on our social pages such as Facebook and Google + that everyone enjoys a picture of a cat….. Top that off with a barbecue and its a winning combination that will certainly bring a smile or two to our faces. If you have any preferences on which animals you want to see with a barbecue, let us know and we will see what we can do.
With the summer now upon us that can only mean only two things for us Brits, lots of rain and as many barbecues as we can squeeze in during those rare hot days. Now I know we have previously covered this subject on our blog using natural methods but we decided to tell you again how to deal with these pests that are prevalent during the summer months using some more common sense methods.
Sources indicate that up to half a million people visit the local hospital each year with insect related ailments so we think it’s wise to be ready and prepared for when your guests arrive so as to make the party run as smooth as possible without any nasty little mishaps.
One particular barbecue that I visit is an annual gathering for lots of people and I can honestly say that the planning is so good that the only mishaps that have ever happen is of the drunken variety and we all know what happens there. (Pictures of people in the bath or falling in a pond will be gladly accepted).
It’s a great pleasure to visit this family get together every year, so upon writing this I can comfortably say that if you follow these simple steps, the success of your party will be remembered for many years to come.
Things to consider:
- Before the party starts ensure that the lawn is freshly mowed and that bushes are neatly trimmed as these can be a haven for all those creepy crawlies.
- Ensure your barbecue is nice and clean before any party. Not only for cleanliness but insects and spiders have a tendency to hide in those hard to reach areas and especially so if you have a gas barbecue as the odour released from the gas smells like rotten eggs. We have covered keeping the barbecue clean before so check it out.
- Keep all food and drinks covered in suitable containers at all times for the duration of the party, flies and bugs carry an array of germs that you will not want contaminating the food.
- Keep rubbish away from the vicinity of your guests and food and have a facility available to remove waste whenever the need arises. Flies and wasps are particularly attracted to rubbish and this can ruin everyone’s evening.
- Try to serve food indoors where possible, and keep the outdoors for the guests, the entertainment and of course consuming the food.
- Citronella candles are an extremely popular repellent, especially for mosquito’s and annoying midges – these situated safely around the perimeter of the cooking area will give added protection and will also give an added ambience, particularly in the evening.
- Keep a fan close to the cooking area. A few years ago the heat was tremendous from the sun (a rarity I know) and a fan was promptly installed to ward off any insects that may have had the wrong idea about approaching our food.
Hopefully here we have covered more or less everything but if we haven’t, pop over to our Google + page and we will be happy to add to it.
Before I leave you to get on with your planning, there is one final thing to consider -enlist some help. There is no way you can do all this preparation alone so assign each family member with a task or two and you will soon be waiting in anticipation for your guests to arrive.
It’s almost the end of June and despite the lousy weather the barbecue season is in full swing. As you will have read from previous posts on this blog, we try to cover every aspect of the barbecue world to make your summer parties go with a bang. If it’s something to celebrate or simple tricks to help with the cooking we have covered almost every subject possible, all except one – music.
You can have all of the meat and the trimmings that you need to create the perfect barbecue party but not too many people consider the smaller things and keeping your guests entertained and happy is not the easiest thing in the world. Yes you can have a truckload of beer and wine but there is more to life than getting legless…. isn’t there?
Everybody has their own tastes when it comes to music and choosing just one genre will undoubtedly leave your guests either reaching for the back gate to go home or reaching for the stronger stuff – messy times.
Now this is not a shameful plug and neither am I on an affiliate bonus but I use the internet streaming program Spotify on a regular basis and this will be your extreme survival tool for not only hosting the best barbecue party but also keeping family and friends entertained throughout the evening. For a small monthly fee you can have an endless amount of tracks with no adverts whatsoever and they literally cover every genre imaginable. There are other services available but if you have a good internet connection and no cap on your usage then this is the perfect option for anyone – young and old.
So here is our breakdown on how to create the perfect playlist for your guests.
- Who is going to your party – do you have a mixture of old and young?
- What cultures are your guests from?
- Is the weather going to be nice?
Choosing the Music
- Create a playlist of a minimum of 4-5 hours (dependent on how long the party is for).
- Save the silly songs such Crazy Frog and DJ Otzi – Hey Baby for the end of the evening.
- Sticking a CD album on will suffice if you have no internet but remember to keep it varied.
Classics such as The Beach Boys and Bob Marley will always go down well but the key to choosing a great playlist is variety. Your guests will want to listen to well-known tracks and you will need to cater for everyone involved. Chances are your 80 year old Auntie Alice is hardly going to get up and groove to Jessie J or One Direction (I could be wrong – photos will be accepted as proof) but a selection of well-known golden oldies will still be recognized by the younger people so don’t be afraid to mix it up a little.
Last but certainly not least, is making your own music. If you or any of your family have a skill playing a musical instrument then why not get it out and play. Drums are a definite barbecue favourite of mine.
Barbecuing is a source of fun for some, relaxation for others and a way to grill up some fantastic food for the enthusiasts out there. However, due to the fun and enjoyment that a barbecue can provide, people often seem to misplace their common sense and disregard basic safety. It’s all too common for people to just grab the BBQ and jump in head first and that’s why we’re writing this – to give everyone a little heads up on how to stay safe.
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I am aware that recently we have covered more than one article that has been safety related, and you may think that we are boring, old-farts who just want to rain on your parade, but I promise you we’re not (some of us aren’t even 30 yet!). All we want to do is throw a bit of knowledge out there to make your barbecues safe as well as enjoyable – it won’t impact the amount of fun you have in the slightest.
This is aimed at people who grill on charcoal barbecues; ‘old schoolers’ if you will. If you have a gas powered barbecue, not to worry, we’ve addressed all the safety points in the first part of another article which you can read here.
How to stay safe when barbecuing with charcoal:
- Don’t overload on charcoal. A mistake many people make is how much charcoal to use; often people either overfill (or sometimes even under fill) the barbecue because they aren’t sure how much is enough. The general rule of thumb is to cover the entire base to about 5cm in height (that’s 2 inches for you people who aren’t great at converting metric to imperial).
- Make sure to use proper starter fuel or fire lighters. There are many knock off products out there and when it comes to something of this severity, you don’t want to mess around with items that might not work properly. Make sure your fire lighters & fuel are purchased from reputable sources – even if it costs a bit more, it’s not worth the chance.
- Never, ever use petrol. Some people believe that petrol is the answer to everything when it comes to barbecuing. If the BBQ isn’t lighting properly or the flames are dying down, some people automatically reach for the petrol can – DON’T. If it doesn’t explode in your face, you might be lucky enough to just end up with some severe burns. You should never use petrol; in fact, it should never even be close to a barbecue. I can’t stress this enough… Petrol and barbecues don’t mix.
- Don’t dip ashes into a plastic bin when they’re still warm. Let the ashes cool down first or you could risk a fire; you’d be surprised how easily bins can go up in flames. Unless you’re sticking them in a metal bin, wait until they’re cold, and then dump them.
There’s no doubt that some of these tips are obvious to most and that’s a good thing, the more you knew before reading this the better. But as with everything, there’s a learning curve, and people who are just starting out on the BBQ ladder might not know any of this. Therefore, even if we only manage to educate a couple of people on basic safety, we’ll be more than happy with that.
So, if you’ve learnt something new, tell your friends about it. And if you think some of your mates are a bit of a novice when it comes to barbecuing, send this their way and who knows, you might just save a life by passing on a link…
We asked over 30 people if they knew about the National Barbecue Week and can you guess how many knew? One person – a single individual – una persona (excuse my Spanish, I haven’t attempted it since GCSE’s). But seriously, just one person, we couldn’t actually believe it, and that’s partly the reason why I’m writing this now… We need to raise awareness for this great cause and we need YOUR help.
This year is going to mark the occasion of the 17th National BBQ Week; a bit of basic math will let you work out that this event has been taking place since way back in 1997. Ever since then, the BBQ week has slowly and steadily gained a following throughout the country (despite what our initial survey of 30+ people said) and we’re doing all that we can to spread the word.
Don’t start getting worried that you’ve missed your chance to get the BBQ out… It starts next week. That’s it, wipe that bead of sweat off your brow and continue reading, it’s all going to be okay.
The National BBQ Week commences on the 27th May and concludes on June 2nd. You might have noticed that it starts on the Bank Holiday Monday; you couldn’t call it better – a bank holiday and a national BBQ week. Is there any better reason to bust out the grill? Probably not. But if you’re looking for some extra reasons, take a peek at this list of occasions that might have you reaching for the barbie.
Last year marked one of the biggest BBQ weeks so far, with over 3 million (3,000,000 – look how huge that number looks) barbecues being held in those seven days alone. Whilst the awareness week was partly to thank for that, the weather also played a huge role as temperatures were settled nicely in the 20’s. Not only that, but the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was also just around the corner and this gave people an excuse to have a ‘practice session’ for the big day – any reason to get the barbecue out, you know us Brits!
I’m willing to put a lot of money on people grilling a large amount of chicken, sausages and burgers over the coming week and don’t get me wrong, everyone loves the staple foods of a BBQ, you can’t go wrong – but don’t you want to be a bit more daring? Don’t you want people to remember your BBQ as the one that wowed them? You do, I know you do, and that’s why you should head on over to the official BBQBarbecues recipe page and see what they can help you cook up.
If that’s not enough, you could also check out the National BBQ Week site for some more recipes and even a couple of fun facts to dazzle your guests with. See how awesome we are? We’re helping you create the most memorable barbecue ever… You’re welcome.
Make sure you give this a thumbs-up and share it with all your barbecuing buddies and get the word out. We want this to be the biggest year ever and hopefully you’re going to be a part of it!
BBQ Nosh – Making Your Own – Part 2
If you read my last article about making your own barbecue food you should now be pretty confident with creating your own burgers. They are extremely easy to make and taste so much better than the frozen ones or even the fresh ones from supermarkets.
Onwards with our barbecue food creating and we will today turn our attentions to two very popular barbecue meats, lamb and chicken.
For a while we have had a bit of a competition within the family as to who can make the best, or the hottest shish kebabs and it is an annual and fiercely contested challenge that in the end nobody wins because they all taste absolutely fantastic.
We use pretty much the same process as making the burgers although the ingredients are very carefully selected so as to provide our guests with a taste sensation which satisfies with every chew.
You will need:
- 800g of Quality Lamb Mince
- 1/2 Red onion (finely chopped)
- Salt and pepper (2 pinches of each)
- 2 Crushed Garlic cloves
- 2 medium chillies (1 red & 1 green)
- ¾ teaspoon of ground cumin
- 2 Large pinches of dried oregano
- 2 sprigs of nicely chopped rosemary
- 4-5 tablespoons of Tandoori powder
- 1 Pinch of hot paprika or chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon of Garam masala
- 1-2 tablespoons of butter
This recipe will make a fair amount (20 even size balls) – just increase the amounts for more guests.
Shish Kebabs Top Tip:
It is sometimes wise to create two separate batches of these very popular BBQ foods as some individuals will either like them or hot – or not.
The easy bit:
- You can use your hands to blend the mixture together although it is advisable with the lamb as it is thicker to go with a decent food processor and blend it together – you will find a more even consistency doing it this way.
- Cover with a clean tea towel and leave in the fridge for about an hour to allow the meat to marinade and keep its shape when cooking.
- Shape the lamb into equal sized portions and choose whether you want balls, patties or sausage shaped kebabs.
- Grill on the BBQ, turning every so often to ensure the meat is cooked thoroughly.
- You can of course simply cook them on the grill although if you want to combine with vegetables then use barbecue skewers and these will hold everything perfectly into place.
Once you have mastered the art of the shish, it is always wise to venture into the land of barbecue chicken as this is a huge party favourite and if cooked and prepared correctly will be commented on for years to come.
You will need:
- 6 Chicken breast fillers (boneless) – legs and thighs will work fine too.
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- ½ Onion (finely chopped)
- 5 table spoons of red sauce
- 2-3 tablespoons of honey
- 1 large dash of Worcester sauce (as you can tell this is a favourite in our household)
- A pinch of both salt and pepper
- 1 and ½ tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
Barbecue Chicken Top Tip:
Ensure that the chicken does not get burnt by keeping the heat low and avoid adding the sauce until the last few minutes of cooking.
The easy bit
- Make sure that your barbecue is pre heated to a medium heat and you may also need to use the hob indoors should you not have the facility to do so on the barbie.
- Next stage is to heat the oil in a frying pan and sauté the garlic and the onion until they are tender.
- Stir in the honey, brown sugar vinegar, Worcester sauce, red sauce and salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
- When this is complete remove from the heat and leave to cool down.
- To cook the chicken it is recommended to lightly oil the cooking grill with a small brush. Dip the chicken in the sauce and evenly cost.
- Cook the chicken on the grill for about 15 minutes – turning only once during this time before moving the chicken to the frying pan that that still has the sauce in.
- Simmer for about 5 minutes on each side ensuring a nice even consistency.
By now you are the proud owner of 3 delicious mouth-watering barbecue recipes, and it could be time to impress your friends with your new found knowledge, although a practice run is always a good idea to start you off – hey any excuse for a barbecue right?
As the warmer months of the year roll around for residents of the UK, more and more people continue to flock to the shops in search of barbecues. They go there with money in hand and not a clue what to buy; all they know is that they have a budget and they want a barbecue – sound familiar? If so, we can help you and best of all, you don’t even have to step out of the house!
There comes a time in everyone’s life where a barbecue is required; whether it’s for a party, celebration or simply because there’s a bit of sun (which is technically celebrated in the UK, due to the rarity). Basically, you’ll need one at some point, it’s pretty much inevitable.
Of course, there are different sorts of people when it comes to buying barbecues and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to relate to one of these groups. First of all we have the ‘disposable’ BBQ group, commonly associated with a group of youngsters camping in a field and having a good time. Secondly, we have the ‘yearly’ group that purchase a fairly cheap barbecue just to see them through the year. Last but not least, there’s the ‘big spender’ group, also known as ‘investors’ who buy a barbecue that will stand the test of time and be used for many years to come.
If you’ve purchased a barbecue in the past, you’ll probably relate to one of these groups. But before you go off and buy another (and for those who have never purchased one before), have a quick read of our buying guide below. We’ve put together a selection of barbecues ordered by budget; so you can quickly assess what you can afford and if it meets your requirements – simple, huh?
A Budget-Based Guide to Buying Barbecues
A barbecue budget can range from as little as £10 all the way to several hundred pound if you’re after something top-end. As such, we’ve tried to pull out the main pricing-categories that people will likely be in and provide a list of products that you can expect to buy in the designated price range
Please note that none of these prices include consumables such as charcoal, gas, food or any other accessories you associate with grilling. The prices are for the barbecues only and are accurate as of April 2013 (therefore, if you’re reading this in 2020, prices might have changed just a little bit… barbecuing might even be extinct – crazy, right?)
Barbecues Under £20
Whilst limiting yourself to less than £20 for a barbecue isn’t going to provide you top-end models, it will certainly be a surprise when you see what’s available…
Kingfisher Basic BBQ 14” – Potentially one of the simplest BBQ’s that money can buy, but it does what it needs to and it will certainly leave you with a good bit of cash leftover for some decent meat! This little tripod barby comes with a removable grill and as it weighs just 1kg, it’s pretty ideal to move around wherever you want. You and your mates fancy a BBQ in a field, this is the one for you (just make sure you clear up after yourselves).
Kingfisher Portable Barrel BBQ – Made from stainless steel this barrel BBQ represents great value for money. With added side-handles to make this a portable purchase along with all the fittings & grills, this is certainly a contender for the under £20 category. The only downside is that it looks pretty low-set to the ground and may cause some back problems if you’re hunched over it for hours; of course that’s just a word of caution from an oldie.
Bar-Be-Quick Kettle Barbecue 17” – This is without doubt the pick of the bunch for the sub-£20 category. It has a generous 17 inch grill which should be enough to accommodate a fair few burgers and sausages; it might even have room for a bit of steak, which is always good. On top of this there are also 4 leg stands for ultimate sturdiness and even a pair of wheels to aid you in moving this beauty around your patio. This is certainly a good BBQ for the price – in fact, I’m willing to bet nobody will be disappointed with this for less than £20.
Barbecues: £20 – £50
Upping your budget from the under £20 range will open you up to a few more barbecues as well as some other grills you might not have considered. You’ll likely find barbecues of better quality or bigger sizes in this category; so pick carefully and keep your requirements in mind.
Landmann Charcoal Wagon BBQ – Landmann is an extremely well known name in the BBQ market and as such this product represents great value for money. The BBQ is intuitively designed to with useful storage areas to the side and underneath for ingredients, seasoning and plating up. As well as this, there’s even a wind deflector (shield) to protect your precious flames and food from harsh gusts, which is pretty common in the UK. To top it all off, it’s easy to move around due to wheels (just don’t move it around when you’re cooking stuff, it never ends well).
Bar-Be-Quick Kittle Barbecue 22” – This is the big brother of the Bar-Be-Quick 17” mentioned in the category below this. As you might have guessed, it retains the same features as its smaller sibling (4-legs for sturdiness, wheels for easier manoeuvrability plus and a catch tray), but comes with a grilling area that is 5 inches larger. As such, this is the better buy if you’ll be cooking a lot of food at once; however, if you’re only planning on grilling a couple of burgers and sausages, the smaller one might be just as efficient.
La Hacienda Firebasket & Grill – Not your conventional barbecue by any means, but this fire basket with combined grill offers both a cooking platform and a source of heat for those chilly nights outside. Not only do you get to see the gorgeous flames rise up the basket, but you can also put them to use by slapping a bit of food on the top and with a cooking area of over 15” it should be enough for a few burgers.
Built-In Barbecues – The two selections here are from Landmann and Bar-Be-Quick and both offer a built-in grilling solution. Essentially they are DIY barbecue solutions, ideal if you’re putting up a wall and want to make the most of space on the patio. One comes with the standard grilling equipment whilst the more expensive model has an additional ‘oven’ which can be used in conjunction whilst grilling on the main grid above.
Barbecues: £50 – £100
Moving your budget up to this range really opens your options up and gives you the choice of gas and charcoal grilling which the previous budgets would not allow (or if you could find one, the quality would certainly be questionable). As such, this is one of the most popular spending categories, so it’s worth taking a bit of time to research this area if this is your budget.
La Hacienda Chiminea / BBQ Grill – La Hacienda specialise in outdoor heating solutions and this stunning looking chiminea has a removable top which reveals a cooking grill. This is a 2-in-1 product that can provide heat outdoors whilst also doubling as a char-griller when you or your guests get a bit peckish.
Cadac Safari Chef 30cm – The CADAC is one of the most popular of the bunch due to the portability and grilling options it offers the user. Weighing in at just 4kg, it’s arguably the best camping BBQ of all time since it even comes with a convenient carry bag and a decent sized grilling area. If this isn’t enough, the Safari Chef comes with a variety of (easily) interchangeable cooking surfaces to suit whatever food you have available.
Outback Omega 150 Gas BBQ – This is the entry level gas barbecue from Outback, but by no means does that mean quality is sacrificed. The BBQ includes a dual control burner which heats the generously sized 50x36cm grill and to ensure even cooking throughout the food a lid/hood is also provided. Usability has also been thought of with the addition of a side shelf and wheels for portability. Considering this currently comes with a free cover & regulator, it’s a bargain!
Landmann 2-Burner Gas Barbecue – Landmann also have put out an entry level gas barbecue with 2-burners and it is definitely one of the best buys in this category. The feature list on this piece of equipment is truly impressive; 2 adjustable burners, 2 side-trays, a bottom catch-all tray and wheels for portability. That’s not it, there’s also a viewing window on the lid to check how your food is doing without even opening it – pretty neat!
Brinkmann Barrel Charcoal BBQ / Smoker – This Brinkmann BBQ combines the features of a traditional charcoal barby and a food smoker into one; thus allowing food to be smoked, cooked slowly or grilled like regular. The main cooking area is extremely generous in size, measuring 47 x 41cm and the additional warming rack is just half the width of the main area. Adjustable vents and grates allow for greater control over heating and air-flow to ensure food is cooked exactly how you want. On top of this, there’s also a good amount of storage area underneath and large wheels to assist you in moving it; overall, an extremely good buy for any patio.
Barbecues: £100 – £200
Now we’re starting to get into the bigger budgets, the range of barbecues continues to expand. In this category you’re likely to find some big-brand names with their flagship models and even combination grills with several burners and optional smoking facilities. If you’re looking for a BBQ that will stand the test of time, this is definitely one of the best price ranges to find the one to suit your requirements.
Outback Excel 300 Gas BBQ – The Excel 300 is extremely popular, especially in the UK. As can be seen from the reviews on this model, it’s certainly a people pleaser and this is down to the user-friendly design. Having a main and side burner gives the cook an option of grilling priority food on the main grill and cooking up extras (beans, onions & veg) in a pan on the side. On the opposite side is a foldable table for prepping or plating up food and underneath yet another storage area can be found. Whilst the picture doesn’t do it much justice, everyone reports that the Excel 300 looks the part in the flesh and that’s why it’s up there with the best £100+ BBQ’s.
Landmann Tennessee Smoker – This is without doubt one of Landmann’s most popular barbecue smokers as it provides the user the option of direct or indirect cooking. These two areas are completely separate to each other so it’s possible to cook a juicy steak on the main grill whilst smoking some fish (insert your food of choice here) in the other chamber. Due to the design you can avoid fat burning and better yet, you can be assured of perfectly cooked food due to a temperature gauge built into the lid. This is one of our favourite buys and we’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone – just pay attention to the dimensions, it’s usually bigger than people expect!
La Hacienda Cordoba BBQ / Firepit – As mentioned already, outdoor heating is La Hacienda’s speciality so you know anything they produce is going to be both beautiful and useful… The Cordoba certainly doesn’t disappoint on either of these points. With 2 swing-out grilling platforms, you can easily
cook foods at different intensities thanks to varied heights (this also provides better timing coordination). However, if you don’t feel like food and you just want to relax outdoors, the Cordoba also doubles as an elegant firepit which throws out a good amount of heat. If your focus is more on barbecuing as opposed to aesthetics and heat, then this might not be the best option…
CADAC 2-Burner Entré Deluxe – Although this is at the high end of the price bracket, when buying a CADAC product you are assured of high-end build quality and reliability. If the brand name doesn’t sell you on this alone, then perhaps the stainless steel 2-burner main grill with automatic ignition will? A huge and we mean huge cooking area is one of the biggest features of this model, sizing up at 50x48cm – you can’t even begin to imagine how many slabs of steak you could fit on there (my mouth’s watering just thinking about it). 2 fold down side tables accompany a fold down hood with built-in thermometer and a cabinet which can be used for storing a whole host of items. Fitted with 2 main wheels and 2 castors, the CADAC Entré can be moved around with ease, so even if you’re a bit on the weak side, pushing it around the patio won’t be a problem at all. If you’re willing to go to the high-end of this price range, this should definitely be in with a shout!
Barbecues Over £200
Nothing you like for less than £200? Well, you’ve come to the right place. If you have more than £200 to spend on a barbecue, chances are you know what you want and you have the money to buy a quality piece of equipment which will fulfil all of your requirements and last for many years. You’re undoubtedly going to be shopping for the big-name brands which offer a pretty comprehensive warranty, so take your time and have a read through our choice-picks below.
Outback Hunter 3-Burner BBQ – The Hunter is easily one of the most popular Outback models and has been making an appearance in gardens and patio areas for many years. With a large grilling area featuring 3 stainless steel burners and a whole host of storage, this BBQ is great for big events and cooking for friends. A heat indicator can also tell you the exact temperature you’re cooking at and even at the highest heat setting the wooden handle will remain cool to the touch. As well as these innovative features, the Hunter also features corrosion resistant properties on the hood, cooking surfaces and exterior. As such, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment that will provide you with many years of barbecuing happiness.
Landmann Stainless Steel 3-Burner BBQ – One of Landmann’s flagship models, this offers the user 3 burners with a fantastic output of 3.5kW each. The cooking area is spread out over 2 equally sized spaces (30x45cm each) and is suitable to cook food for up to 10 people. The interface of the grill is designed for ease of use and a large storage area is featured underneath the front panel to make access even simpler; everything is easily within reach. Thankfully the barbecue includes 2 wheels & 2 castors which enable easy movement around the patio; of course, the castors feature locking mechanisms so it doesn’t roll around whilst you’re grilling (unless you fancy a challenge). For a safe, quality purchase from a top BBQ brand, this Landmann is a great buy.
Landmann Grand Tennessee BBQ / Smoker – This is the bigger brother of the regular Tennessee smoker, both in size and looks. The GTS is traditional in its styling and operation since both the main grill and side-smoking compartment are fuelled by charcoal. Both compartments are separate and fitted with an adjustable air-vent for maximum customisability when grilling and smoking food. For those who don’t have experience with smoking food before, it’s advisable to try some out before committing to such a big purchase that is focused around traditional cooking methods. The GTS is also fitted with two old-school wheels which actually serve a functional purpose; pushing around 50kg’s worth of BBQ. Therefore, if you really want an eye-catching, usable BBQ which is capable of producing fantastic tasting food, this should certainly be top of your list if you can stretch to the price range.
Outback Meteor 4-Burner BBQ – This is one of Outback’s top models and with 4-burners it’s easy to see why. If you like hosting big garden parties where you’re cooking for a good number of people, you can’t go far wrong with the Meteor. The main cooking area is similar in size to a small South African country (61 x 44.5cm) and an additional two cast iron grills with a warming rack also increase the space on offer even further. If that’s not enough, there’s even a front panel storage area with a slide out tray… I know, you’re thinking this barbecue has more storage space than your shed and you’re probably right. If you’re all about entertaining and cooking for big numbers, go for this – it’s truly a beast.
As you can see, we’ve attempted to pick out the best buys in each category, but obviously we’ve had to look at them in a general sense and pick them based on the average barbecue user and their requirements. As everyone has different requirements we strongly recommend that you do further research into your budget area if none of these BBQ’s have ticked all of your boxes; rest assured, there’s a barbecue out there for everyone!
Anyway, we just want to wish you a hearty congratulations on making it this far, we hope that you’ve enjoyed reading even if you haven’t decided on the barbecue of your dreams just yet. Remember, whether you’re spending £50 or £500, the only thing that matters is that you’re happy with the purchase. Therefore it’s wise to hang on and not rush into anything if you aren’t 100%.
Whatever you’ve taken from this article, we wish you the best of luck in all of your future barbecuing endeavours. Stay safe and grill some mean food, which you can also do on a budget with these great ideas for budget meal makers.