Barbecue buying guide: How to choose the right one for you
Wherever you want to cook outdoors, there's a BBQ to match. From lightweight, portable BBQs for camping to compact sizes for small courtyards, right up to a massive outdoor kitchen for your new deck.
Whether it's for family meals or the whole footy team, you can judge how many a BBQ can cater for by the number of burners. Starting small, two burner BBQs will easily cater for four people or you can get serious with up to six burners.
Sausages and steaks are always favourites, but you can now find BBQs designed for baking, roasting and smoking, with extra features like side burners and rotisseries. Or you could go for a pizza oven or spit roaster.
There are a number of fuel options available when selecting a BBQ. Options include wood, electric, charcoal or gas. Wood and charcoal will give you a great smoky flavour but electric and gas-fuelled BBQs are quick and convenient to use.
There are two basic BBQ designs – the flat top grill, which cooks using direct heat, or the round kettle, which uses direct and indirect heat. Hooded BBQs are a great choice because they give you a mix of both.
Make sure your BBQ has these basic features:
There are two basic BBQ cooking styles – those that cook with direct heat and those that cook with indirect heat. Some also offer the flexibility to switch between direct and indirect cooking. Flat top BBQs and spit roasters cook using direct heat; smokers and pizza ovens cook using indirect heat; while hooded BBQs, outdoor kitchens and kettles offer the flexibility of cooking with both direct and indirect heat.
A great choice if you're cooking for big numbers. Flat tops have a large cooking surface, are easy to move around and fit almost anywhere.
Cooking with a spit roaster gives your food a delicious slow roasted flavour. Fueled by wood or charcoal, some include a motor that can turn up to 20kgs at a time for more even cooking.
The versatility of a hooded BBQ means you can you use the grill and hotplate, or turn it into an outdoor oven. It's great for roasting, baking, steaming or smoking, as the hood traps in heat to give your food more flavour. You can get extras like a rotisserie, side burners, built-in thermometer, hood lights and glass windows to check your cooking.
The perfect BBQ for serious chefs, an outdoor kitchen will have you cooking outside every night. Made for the big occasion, they have everything you find in a kitchen with 6 burners, glass fronted hoods, marble benchtops, storage, sinks, side burners and rotisseries.
Perfect for roasting, this compact design is one of the most popular charcoal fueled BBQs. The round shape circulates heat to cook the meat in its own juices for better flavour and tenderness.
Charcoal grills are a favourite among BBQ enthusiasts because of the tenderness and unique flavour that you can only get from cooking with charcoal. Here are two kinds of smokers you can choose from: