In the summertime, the absolute best way to while away a sunny afternoon is to pop some steaks and burgers on the BBQ and grill up the best outdoors dinner you can imagine. Everything tastes better when you cook and eat it outdoors, and a BBQ is no exception.
You have a lot of options to choose from when you’re selecting your next BBQ. What size should you choose, for instance? And should you cook with coals or gas? This handy post should take you a step forward in your path to choosing the ideal BBQ for you and your situation.
Firstly, the fundamental principle of a barbecue is that your food is grilled over a source of heat. That’s the basics, but if you’re in the market for a luxury grill then you can find BBQs which allow you to do a whole lot more, like frying, roasting, and boiling.
Most of the time you’ll have the choice between either charcoal or gas. Charcoal barbecues are the most traditional cooking method, and will give your food a great smoky taste. The disadvantage is that they can take a long time to reach the ideal cooking temperature, and can be tricky to light. Gas barbecues are quick and easy, and you can adjust the heat to your desire. Some say, though, that food cooked on these barbecues lack that authentic BBQ smoky taste. They cost a bit more than charcoal BBQs and are usually larger and heavier.
Some BBQs will come with hoods, which retain heat and allow you to roast or cook food quicker. If you want a gas BBQ but you’d miss that smoky taste, you can buy one with lava rocks or vaporizer bars which use fat dripping from the meat to add a smoky taste to the food.
Well-designed barbecues will have storage for gas bottles underneath, along with hooks and shelves for cooking utensils. The more internal storage the BBQ offers, the more space it will need for storage. If you don’t have an indoor space, there are often tight fitting custom-made covers that you can purchase to protect the apparatus from the weather and keep it in good condition.
What’s most important is that you have a great dinner outdoors in the sunshine with your new BBQ. Happy cooking!
**Thanks to Tesco for bringing us this discussion on Choosing the Right BBQ.**