Choosing the Right Barbecue

Everyone wants a BBQ for different reasons, from having a barbecue with your family on the decking to a blow-out summer garden party. Nothing can really beat getting people together around a barbie. We’ve pulled some information together so that picking your barbecue is easier than ever.

First things first you need to decide what type of barbecue is best for you; Charcoal or Gas? It’s important to point out that there is a difference in taste between charcoal and gas. Charcoal does give you that smokier, deeper taste. However if you do opt for gas, smoking chips can be added to the grill to add that extra flavour. So you don’t have to miss out.

Charcoal BBQs

The charcoal barbecue seems traditional to most and are a popular choice. They use either lump wood or briquettes to help generate and even temperature for cooking meats. Charcoal does give you that real, grilled taste that you expect. Many charcoal BBQ’s are generally cheaper than gas, and many these days are portable so you can take it anywhere with you. Another plus is that charcoal bags are available pretty much anywhere, especially in summer even the local corner shop will stock them.


Gas BBQs

Gas Barbecue’s are generally more expensive as they are slightly more advanced and take only minutes to heat up. They can also come with other features such as side burners, griddles, and warming racks, so if you are really into using your barbie then this is a good choice for you. You’ll also have to factor in the cost of buying the gas cylinders so you can use your barbecue. Cooking consistency is easier to achieve on a gas barbecue and it is worth having one burner turned off so you can rest cooked meat without it getting cold.

Barbecue Recommendations

The Landmann Piccolino is a great, entryway BBQ and it is portable so you can take it down to the beach or pack it in for your camping trip.

Lovo’s Party Charcoal BBQ number has a near to five star rating amongst Argos customers, so clearly dose the job.

This B&Q number is also popular: Bondi G450 4-burner Gas Barbecue and a great one to try without a huge investment on a gas bbq.

And if you really want to splash some cash then the Weber Spirit Classic E310 3 Burner Gas is a brilliant choice.


Whichever type of BBQ you choose, you’ll also need to think about what size you’re going to need. We have created a small chart to try and help you to decide on what size is best for you!

BBQ Size Number of People
Small 1-2
Medium 2-4
Large 4-8
Extra Large 8 or more.


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