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Choosing the best BBQ

Helpful advice and top tips on finding the best BBQ for you.

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Choosing the best BBQ.

As soon as the rain stops, we love to get outside and light up the barbie. But how do you know if a charcoal BBQ is the one for you? Maybe a gas BBQ will grill the way you want, or have you even considered a bucket BBQ? We've pulled together all you need to know to help you become king of the grill.

What size BBQ do I need?

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Things to consider...

Every BBQ will grill slightly differently depending on its size, features and fuel. Which one is best for you can depend on multiple factors:

  • How often are you BBQing?
  • How many are you cooking for?
  • How much storage space do you have?
  • How do you like your food cooked?

We’ve grilled our specialists and gathered the best bits of each type of BBQ, to help you answer these questions.

Charcoal vs gas BBQs

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Classic charcoal

If you want a more authentic BBQ experience, then charcoal is for you. From lighting the coals to stocking the fire, you’ll achieve that unique BBQ flavour.

Charcoal will take more time to heat up (30-40 mins), as the embers need to be piping hot. Cooking will also take a little longer as the temperature can fluctuate depending on the position of your coals. But by taking your time, you’ll lock in more of that succulent, delicious flavour.

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Cooking on gas

Although seen as a more expensive choice, gas BBQs are a convenient and flexible cooking option, and ideal for novices.

Simply hook your BBQ up to a gas cannister (propane or butane are most suitable), press the ignition button and start cooking. You can control the heat more evenly with a gas BBQ, and with most models boasting multiple burners, you can easily alternate your cooking temperatures – giving you a more even cook.

Smaller BBQs

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Grillin' on the go

If you’re limited on outdoor space, only cooking for a couple of people or are travelling with a BBQ – you’ve got lots of options:

  • Bucket BBQ easy assembly, lightweight to transport and available in a bold, bright colour.
  • Portable BBQ – great for camping, with a hood to aid cooking and keep everything compact.
  • Electric BBQ – convenience cooking for both inside or outside. Make sure a mains socket is nearby.

The best BBQ features

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Up your grillin' game

Get the most out of alfresco cooking and look for our favourite features:

  • Wheels – easily manoeuvre yourself to cook in the sun.
  • Warming rack – keep food warm whilst you cook the rest.
  • Ash collection tray – this will save you cleaning time later.
  • Adjustable grill – have more control over your cooking by moving food to or from the heat.
  • Shelves – ideal spots to hold dishes, trays, condiments and beverages for the chef.
  • Loading door – safely and easily reload your charcoal BBQ with a handy door.
  • Hoods and chimneys – keep food warm with a hood, whilst chimneys will disperse excess smoke.
  • Fireboxes – an extra chamber for fuel such as wood for infusing your food with extra smokey succulence. See our smoker BBQs
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Useful utensils

Poke it, flip it, cut it. Have all your cooking equipment close to hand for easy grilling.

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Effective covers

BBQ covers are great when you’re short on space – especially when summer showers make a surprise visit.

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Light it up

Classic charcoal, barbeque briquettes or easy fire logs. Pick up essential fuel to get your BBQ going.

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BBQ top tips

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Sun's out, (burger) buns out

•Check for any dietary requirements as you may need separate tools or dishes.

•Add your food once the flames have died down to avoid scorched edges.

  • Marinade any meat the night before to save time and get the best flavours.
  • Line your BBQ with a bit of foil for a quicker clean-up.
  • Wait until your BBQ is cool before cleaning. Most grills are dishwasher safe or you can use a wire brush. Oven cleaner is ideal for the rest of your BBQ.
  • Clean your utensils too so they’ll last longer.
  • Dive into side dishes – corn on the cob, coleslaw, potato salad…we could go on!
  • Set the mood with a top garden party playlist.

BBQ recipes

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Chilli-lime corn on the cob

Spice up your side dishes and give your corn on the cob a bit of a kick. But can you handle the heat?

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Veggie burgers

See how high you can stack your burger with this twist on a classic – great for veggie and non-veggie guests.

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Chicken kebabs

So easy to create and so delicious to taste. Enjoy the succulent chicken taste and mix n match your choice of veg.

Enjoy your outdoor space

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How to entertain outdoors

Get your garden ready to entertain.

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Garden furniture

Choose your perfect style. There's something for every garden.

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Garden inspiration

Browse our garden centre - full of hints, tips and ideas.

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