The best barbecues to buy this summer

May 12, 2017

Nothing beats the sunshine taste of sizzling sausages, flame-licked burgers or thick juicy steaks cooked to absolute perfection in the relaxed setting of your own back garden, but when it comes to alfresco food that’s 100% guaranteed to fire up your taste buds, grilling on a BBQ really is just the beginning…

We always like to be blue sky-ready, and we’ve got absolutely oodles of inspiration and options to suit every sort of outdoor cooking – whether you’re looking to sear, smoke, roast, grill, fry or even bake outside. From portable barbecue classics to outdoor wood-fired pizza ovens, our buyers have spent months researching our summer barbecue range so every piece really cuts the mustard against the competition. And with tried and tested products to suit every budget, we’re confident we can help you pick just the right cooking kit to turn your dream cuisine into a reality this summer.

Here’s a round-up of our 5 best barbecues together with a simple overview of each one to tell you exactly what makes each of them special. If you’d like to know more or see our full range of barbecues, you’ll find more information on our website plus plenty of barbecue accessories, barbecue recipes and inspiration for getting the best out of whichever barbecue you choose.

 

BEST FOR WOOD-FIRED PIZZAS IN MINUTES
The Uuni 3 Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven   

  • Portable
  • Compact free-standing outdoor oven
  • Great for roasting, smoking, grilling and baking
  • Fuelled by wood pellets
  • Very versatile and heat efficient
  • Quick to heat up and temperature adjustable
  • Weather resistant
  • Includes pizza peel

Ready to use in as little as 10 minutes, the compact free-standing Uuni pizza oven is easy to pack up and transport and is the perfect choice for foodies who want a portable outdoor oven that can handle almost everything an indoor one can. Ideal for roasting, smoking, grilling or baking, its pizza-cooking skills are second to none and you can even cook a full roast dinner then slow-cook a casserole with the heat left over.

Fuelled by wood pellets with a chimney so it never gets too smoky, an air vent so you can adjust the temperature and three stay-cool legs so it’s very stable and can be perched pretty much anywhere you like. There’s a temperature gauge to tell you when it’s time to start cooking and, because its brushed stainless steel body is so well insulated and weather resistant, it can be used all year around meaning you get even better value for money. Comes with a pizza peel and baking stone.

 

BEST ALL-ROUND BARBECUE
50243_2Cobb Barbecue Cooking System

  • Portable
  • Takes briquettes or Cobble Stones*
  • Perfect for camping
  • Ideal for roasting, baking, grilling, frying and smoking
  • Very fuel efficient
  • Cooks faster than a standard barbecue
  • Stays cool to the touch on the outside
  • Comes with carry bag
  • Other accessories available online

The Cobb’s barbecuing talents are second to none, beautifully cooking burgers, sausages, steaks, ribs, fish and veggies to perfection. But barbecuing is just the beginning. Versatility is the key to the Cobb, with roasting, baking, grilling, frying and smoking also there for the taking, all with the maximum of flavour and minimum of fuss.

Cook a full English breakfast, joints of beef, lamb or pork, even pizzas and freshly made bread; stir-fry with the dedicated Frying Pan* or roast a whole chicken on the Roasting Stand*. Suitable for use with standard barbecue briquettes or Cobb’s own fast-heating, long-lasting Cobble Stones*, barbecuing the Cobb way really does put a whole world of alfresco feasts at your fingertips.

With a dome to lock in flavour and let you cook even on windy days, there’s a moat for infusing your food with wine, beer or summery cider, plus the special stacked cooking system keeps your food separate from the fuel – so there’s no charring or fat-dripping flare-ups, and the results are not only delicious but healthier too.

 

BEST FOR EVENING ENTERTAINING
Dancook Fire Pit & BBQ 50601_2  

  • Striking Danish-designed fire pit
  • Doubles as a barbecue
  • Ideal centrepiece for outdoor gathering
  • Large enough to cater for a family
  • Easy to empty ash
  • Weather resistant
  • Other accessories available online

Let this striking Danish-designed fire pit become the natural centrepiece of any social gathering – the perfect way to feed your guests and keep the chill off long into the evening… just pop the grill on top to use it as a barbecue as and when required. Large enough to cater for a family, it can be left outdoors without rusting and the stainless steel pan lifts off the aluminium frame for easy emptying. Dancook lid and cover are also available.

 

BEST FOR TAKING TO THE BEACH
Mini Kadai Firebowl 52622_6and Cookware Set

  • Portable
  • Traditional steel fire pit
  • Doubles as a barbecue
  • Includes stand, accessories and a carry bag

Small enough to take with you to the beach or on camping trips, and absolutely perfectly sized for balconies, small patios, roof terraces and backyards, this sturdy little Kadai fire pit also doubles up as a portable barbecue so you can enjoy the outdoor cooking experience wherever you happen to be. It even comes with its own cotton duffle bag that’s big enough to carry the stand, Kadai bowl, steel tongs and all the cookware items too.
We’re pleased to be able to include the additional Cookware Set to fit the Mini Travel Kadai:

  • Dome Lid, a perfect fit for your Travel Kadai, the high-domed lid allows you to use your Kadai for roasting and baking.
  • Mesh Grill Tray, for cooking prawns, vegetables, fish and more.
  • 2 hand-forged Skewers, for creating kebabs and espetadas. 
  • Right-Handed Glove,made from heavy-duty suede it’ll protect you from the flames and make it easier to lift just-cooked food when you’re famished.

 

BEST BUDGET BARBECUE

Tepro Silverado Fire Pit53006_4    

  • Contemporary compact fire pit
  • Doubles as a barbecue
  • Ideal centrepiece for outdoor gathering
  • Small enough to fit on a balcony

If you want to make the most of the weather but both your budget and your outdoor space are a bit tight, this contemporary fire pit cum barbecue is the one for you. Small enough to fit neatly into any garden, patio or even balcony, the compact cylinder has three strong legs to ensure it’ll stay stable and includes a chrome-plated grill for getting those sausages sizzling.

 

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