Barbecues are the perfect way to cook a wide range of food in the comfort of your own garden.
Appliances that allow you to cook outside on a grill over an open fire, they are a great way of hosting social gatherings throughout the seasons.
Types of barbecue
- Portable - Portable barbecues give you the convenience of choosing where you cook. They come in all varieties of cooker from charcoal powered BBQs to gas or electric models
- Smoker - Smoker barbecues are available in gas, electricity or charcoal heated models. They are often low and slow cookers helping to give the food a deep flavour. Different wood types are used depending on the food being cooked and the flavours required
- Gas Burner 2, 3 or 4 - 2, 3 or 4 burner gas barbecues are available depending on your cooking requirements. With gas barbecues, there is adjustable heat control and electric ignition to start the cooker up. Depending on how many people you’ll be cooking with will decide whether you need a 2, 3 or 4 burner barbecue
What are the benefits of barbecues?
As barbecues grill or smoke the food they’re cooking, this is a healthier option than frying. Barbecues are able to cook a wide variety of different foods, from all types of meat to fish and vegetables.
For charcoal barbecues, there will be a longer wait before food is ready to be placed on the grill. For gas and electric ones, the heating process will be much quicker.
How to care for your barbecue
To maintain your barbecue and get the maximum amount of use out of it, it is essential to keep it clean and rust free. Here are some tips on how to clean it:
- Clean the barbecue after each use
- Always wait for the barbecue to cool down before cleaning
- Clean all elements that came into contact with food or grease
- Use a wire brush or strong abrasive cloth
- Use warm, soapy water
For many barbecues, it will be possible to order replacement parts for those elements that wear out over time, or become damaged by misuse. Items such as grill racks for all types and igniters for gas and electric models are available.