There are few things more enjoyable than firing up the barbecue — except perhaps eating the spoils of your grilling. And, with the temperatures next week set to soar into the thirties (no, really), there’s no better time to invest in a new piece of outdoor cooking kit.
So, whether you’re looking for a portable grill for road- tripping adventures, a huge charcoal beast for a royal-standard meal or a more eco-friendly option to save the world, these are the best barbecues to fire up this summer.
When downsizing your grill, look for design innovation
A portable barbecue is an exciting thing. Suddenly, the world is your oyster, your sausage, your beefburger. Wherever you want to light the coals and cook yourself a feast, you can. Lakeside in the Swiss Alps? Along the Italian Riviera? High on the Yorkshire Moors? With these nifty bits of kit, you’ll open up a tasty world of culinary opportunity.
But don’t go for a disposable, or a B&Q basic. Instead, opt for something with a little more design flair. Mon Oncle’s charcoal barbecue is an elegant steel briefcase, equipped with fabric strap and retro feel. BergHOFF’s Table BBQ comes in carbon steel with a handy cork base/lid. And UNA’s portable offering comes in a variety of striking colours, and can be carried vertically from a quality leather strap.
Mon Oncle Briefcase Barbecue
BergHOFF Leo Table Barbecue
UNA Table-top Charcoal Grill
If you choose charcoal, go big or go home
We may be looking to cut down on emissions, but there’s something primal about lighting coals that will surely keep our barbecue passions burning for a long time yet. But, even if you’re an old-fashioned griller, the least you can do is buy a piece of kit that does more than your usual, garden-variety barbecue.
From masters of the grill, Big Green Egg, comes the brand’s large model. Not only does this come with an acacia wood preparation table, it can also cook pizzas, smoke ribs or even roast your Christmas turkey. Likewise, Landmann’s 4-in-1 grill not only looks pleasingly vintage, but also features a smoker sidebox you can use to cure meats. Or, for the most adventurous of cooks, Heston Blumenthal’s Everdure barbecue is characteristically innovative — boasting retractable rotisseries poles.
Big Green Egg Large BBQ
Landmann Vinson 4-in-1 BBQ Smoker
Heston Blumenthal Everdure Charcoal BBQ
To cut down on the smoke, power up an electric barbecue
If you’re trying to go green, there’s a new trend in town: electric barbecues. True, it may take that charming eye-watering, all-your-clothes-smell-like-smoke appeal out of the traditional grilling technique — but this way you can save the world and enjoy your sausages in one tasty fell swoop.
Weber are leading the electric charge in this department, with their ‘Pulse’ range converting charcoal stalwarts across the world. George Foreman, too — yes, he of the grills — has also come out swinging, with a classically-designed freestanding barbecue. Or go for German-made Steba, whose Electric Cooking Station comes fitted with an XXL grill plate almost half a metre across.
Weber Pulse Electric Barbecue
George Foreman Outdoor Grill
Steba VG 325
Looking for more barbecue inspiration? We spoke to the Royal Warrant butcher to discover how to grill like the monarchy…