What size BBQ should I buy? How much can I expect to pay?
If you’re lucky enough to have a huge outdoor area and usually entertain the masses, you’ll be best placed opting for one of the extra large BBQs that are available. You can pick up a decent barbeque with 5-6 burners for anywhere between $800 and $4,000, so whatever your budget, you’ll be able to find something that suits your needs.
If you regularly entertain family (as opposed to huge crowds) and have ample outdoor space, then a large barbeque could be the choice that’s right for you. Large BBQs usually have 3-4 burners and you can purchase one for between $300 and $2,000.
Don’t be dismayed if your outdoor space is a little more compact. It’s possible to find smaller BBQs suited to couples and families with restricted outdoor space. You can expect to pay in the region of $200 - $800 for a barbeque that would suit your needs. The only downside would be having to cook in small batches when entertaining a larger crowd.
No outdoor space? Not an issue. If you live in an apartment with minimal or no outdoor space, and the only time you get strike up a BBQ is when you’re on a camping trip or down at the beach, that’s not a problem either. Many barbeque have manufacturers met your needs with portable models.
So, in conclusion, there are styles and sizes that suit all.Back to top
What should I look for when buying a BBQ?
There are many specifications and features to consider before deciding which barbeque would be the one that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle. Don’t worry, we’ll take you through them step by step so that you can fully understand the choices before you buy.
The first thing to consider is whether you would like a built-in, portable or freestanding barbeque. If you have outdoor space that is large enough to accommodate a built-in barbeque and would make frequent enough use of this investment, then built-in would definitely be an excellent choice. Portable BBQs are ideal for spur of the moment grilling impulses, and perfect when camping or day tripping to a beach. Freestanding barbeques are ideal for mobility. If the wind changes and you’re guests are being smoked out, or if you would prefer to store your BBQ indoors throughout the winter, then this would be the best option for you.
What about charcoal BBQs?
If you’re not completely sold on gas barbeques, or prefer that authentic smoky barbeque taste, then there are other options available. Coal or lumpwood are other popular barbeque fuels that can offer the flavour you’re looking for.
If you're searching for a charcoal or kettle barbeque, then most models will suffice. You simply need a container for the coals or lumpwood, a cooking grill and a lid. But you do need to ensure the ventilation is easily accessible and movable as this controls the airflow which in turn controls the cooking temperature. There are also variations available that include a combination of flat hot plate with classic grill. Another thing to watch out for is the handle on the lid. It should stay cool to the touch even when the BBQ’s blazing. As with the gas barbeques, wheels will aid mobility.
Landmann Black Pearl Kettle can be purchased for under $300, which is extremely reasonable. Another viable option is the Napoleon Rodeo Pro. For under $600 you can bag this bargain which offers a 57cm cook space diameter on a cart with a handy side table feature that can be useful for putting down food and cooking utensils.
Pro Smoke Lumpwood Charcoal can be purchased for approximately $60 for 15 kg.
How do BBQ smokers work?
Smokers are becoming increasingly popular amongst Aussies and are now available in a wide variety that cater to different cooking needs. You can get electric smokers, charcoal smokers and gas smokers. Offset smokers use charcoal for heat and wood to create that distinctively delicious, wood smoked taste by offsetting the heat from the main cooking chamber and circulating the heat and smoke around your meat prior to it billowing out of the flue. Many people now believe that true barbequing requires the use of a smoker. The theory behind barbeque smoker cooking is low and slow which means that the food will be thoroughly cooked but the low heat prevents the food from drying out. Slow means anything from 90 minutes to 24 hours. In principle all barbeque smokers work the same way. The food is placed on a cooking rack away from direct heat. Wood is burned to create the smoke that flows around and flavours the food, while the indirect heat cooks it. You can pick up an awesome smoker for approximately $1,200.Back to top