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What is the best BBQ for summer?

If you’ve found yourself asking “whats the best BBQ to buy this summer?” you’re certainly not alone. Choosing between the various models, styles and fuel options can feel quite overwhelming, so we’ve put together this nifty little buying guide to help you find your perfect grill. Are you ready to turn up the heat this summer?

Should I choose gas, charcoal or electric?

Gas BBQs

For precision cooking and easy cleaning, gas barbecue are a perfect choice. They offer instant flames, so you can start cooking straight away (just like on a gas hob), and by having temperature controls you can cook food evenly. Barbecues with multiple burners let you cook a variety of foods simultaneously, at different temperatures, for a large number of people. If you’re looking for high-performance with great control, a gas grill is definitely worth your investment.

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Charcoal BBQs

If you enjoy the authentic smoky barbecue taste with searing grill marks, then take a look at our charcoal units. Once lit, you’ll need to wait for the flames to die down before cooking – however, most of our barbecues include a charcoal starter to speed up the process. It’s worth noting that you can’t control the temperature of your embers, so exact cooking times and temperatures require a bit of guesswork. However, most foods will cook quite slowly, keeping your meal tender, flavoursome and delicious. In comparison with gas and electric barbecues, charcoal is significantly messier, but they are on average much more cost-effective.

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Electric BBQs

For quick, fuss-free grilling, without the mess of charcoal or hassle of gas bottles, check out electric barbecues. All you need is a plug socket, and you’re off. The unique, flameless design makes these grills perfect for backyards and apartment balconies since there are no fumes or smoke, which also keeps little hands safe from coals and hot flames. Electric grills are also easier to clean in comparison with charcoal barbecues, and cheaper to run than gas.

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What are the different styles of BBQ?


Get the authentic, barbecue taste everyone loves with a Smoker BBQ. They cook low and slow, while circulating warm air around the grill, to help you create tasty food. You can also experiment with charcoal or various types of wood chips to infuse your meal with a delicious smoky taste. Choose from vertical or horizontal smokers; vertical offer greater temperature control, while horizontal smokers provide a larger cooking area.

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If you like to experiment with smoking, searing, baking and grilling, this is the ultimate all-in-one barbecue. Its thick, ceramic shell retains heat for hours of efficient cooking and requires very little maintenance. Play around to find your favourite cooking method, direct, indirect or raised, and discover your favourite cooking combination – charcoal versus wood chips.

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If you enjoy exploring, a handy, lightweight grill is perfect for any camping or caravanning trip. While they offer limited cooking capabilities, they are the ideal middle-ground between large racks and disposable trays, and can also support charcoal and wood chips.

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Covered grills allow for direct and indirect grilling, to help you cook your food evenly while preserving moisture and flavour. These barbecues come in a range of sizes, from the electriQ 18 Inch Kamado Egg to large kitchen barbecues with a six-burner gas hob.

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Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please call 0871 984 4416 and we will be happy to help.

Is a gas barbecue better than a charcoal one?

Charcoal barbecues tend to be more affordable. With these, you need to wait for the flames to die down before cooking; however, the traditional smoky taste is always worth the wait.

Gas barbecues are easier to use and control but can be more expensive. They're also quick to light and let you to start cooking in minutes.

What is the best BBQ grill?

• For style, – choose Boss Grill 18 Inch Ceramic Kamado Style EIQEGG. It’s self-cleaning, will heat up quickly and lasts for many years while costing less than the leading brands. VIEW

• For function, – Boss Grill Texas Outdoor Kitchen IQBBQKITSS. It’s a complete kitchen for your garden and allows you to prepare, cook and wash food in the sunshine. VIEW

• For value, – see the Charcoal American Grill IQBQCAMERICAN. This American-style charcoal grill with chimney smoker makes traditional barbecuing even easier.VIEW

What is the best Gas BBQ?

Check out The Alabama Elite IQBBQ6BSS – for a premium barbecue with a double skin lid, and enough space to cook for at least ten people. VIEW

What is the best Electric BBQ?

Take a look at the Outdoor Electric Compact BBQ EIQELECBBQ, – for easy cooking at the flick of a switch. VIEW

What is the best Charcoal BBQ?

Cook all year round with the Boss Grill 18 Inch Ceramic Kamado Style Kettle Egg. – Its high-quality grill is built to last and ready to use in 15 minutes. VIEW

What extras should I buy for a BBQ?

Some of our barbecues come with great add-ons; from utensil sets to charcoal starters, and from pizza pans to covers. Over time, you may wish to buy additional extras, we recommend:

• Charcoal lumpwood this is better for Egg BBQs

• Woodchips

• Propane gas cylinder

• Lighter fluid

• An apron to protect your clothes

• A grill basket

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What size BBQ do I need?

Every barbecue has a cooking area which is measured in square centimetres (cm²). As a rough guide:

• Up to 1800cm² caters for up to four people

• Between 2000cm² and 2500cm² caters for up to six people

• Barbecues over 2500cm² cater for eight or more people

What is the best way to care for my BBQs

Most of our barbecues come with a free cover to protect them from the outside elements. In addition to using your cover, you can care for your BBQ by:

• Charcoal - Removing the grill racks and scrubbing the residue with a wire brush. Next, take a scouring pad to further clean, then wipe dry with a cloth. Use a trowel to scoop away the remaining ashes, then use oven cleaner to eliminate any grease or built-up dirt.

• Gas - Clean the rack, lid, drip trays and gas burners while warm. Then, take a scouring pad and wash the outside with soap and water. Once dry, place the cover over your barbecue to protect from bad weather.

• Electric - Making sure your barbecue is unplugged, scrub the grill plates with a scouring brush while still warm. If the grill has a removable liner, take it out and scrape away any excess food, then wipe with a sponge. Next, remove the grates, leave them to soak, then scrub until clean. Finally, wipe the outside of the barbecue with a damp cloth to remove grease. And once a year, soak the grates in a vinegar and baking soda solution for a deep cleanse.

Where should I store my BBQ?

• Kettle/egg – Leave to cool, remove the ash, then clean and cover. This barbecue can be left outside all year round, but try to keep it sheltered from strong winds.

• Kitchen – Being large and heavy, these barbecues can be challenging to store inside. If you can’t store it in a shed, place yours in a sheltered position, and make sure it’s properly dry before covering to prevent rust from developing.

• Charcoal – Remove any ash, then store in a shed. If you don’t have a shed, remember to cover it and protect from the elements.

• Gas – Remove cooking grids, burners and any other detachable components; then, when it’s clean and dry, store under a cover. Remember to remove the propane gas and store separately

• Electric – Once your grill is dry and clean, cover and store in a cool, dry place. Preferably inside and under a cover, so the electrics don’t get wet or damaged

I will use my BBQ everyday, what is the best one for me?

The Boss Grill 18 Inch Ceramic Kamado Style Kettle Egg EIQEGG is a lifetime investment, suitable for every day and every weather. VIEW

Where should I position my BBQ?

Assemble your barbecue in a sheltered position, as close as possible to where it will be used. Choose somewhere with a level surface that’s far enough away from combustibles like plants and fencing.

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