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Outdoor BBQ, cooking mushroom an meat.
Whether your idea of the ultimate spread is sausage on bread or a gourmet grilling masterpiece, there’s a barbecue to suit.

 

Barbecue like a boss

Bringing together your favourite people for an alfresco cook-up and a spot of outdoor entertaining is one of life’s great joys – and a quintessential part of life come the summer months.

Barbecue accessories – from a rotisserie kit to a pizza stone – are hot right now. You can cook almost anything on a barbecue, and having the right accessories will make cooking easier while helping you elevate your culinary skills.

On the barbecue fuel front, charcoal and wood pellet smokers are enjoying a rebirth with the popularity of low ‘n’ slow cooking. Smart technology is utilising modern convenience, too. In-built Bluetooth/Wi-Fi components allow you to see the temperature within your barbecue on your phone, so you can do other activities while it cooks.

We’re sharing some advice on what barbecues are best for your household.

Define your outside cooking style 

To pick the best barbecue for you, consider the space you’re in, how many people you need to feed and your cooking style. This will help you find your grilling go-to.

Three men stand around a bbq while food cooks 

The picnicker

For this outdoor lover, the top priority is portability – the barbecue needs to be small, lightweight and ideally have handles or a carry bag. With portable barbecues, remember to consider the size of the gas bottle, too. Charcoal grills also tick the box – check if you need a grill plate, a solid flat plate, or both.

The quiet achiever

For this modest outdoor cook, the focus is on serving up the sizzle fast. Convenience is important, so a gas barbecue will get the tick of approval. You’ll just need to work out how many gas burners suit your level of chef ability (and number of diners you’ll be feeding on the regular).

The gadget guru

This outdoor chef loves trying new things. They’re a tech head at heart, so consider Bluetooth controllers for compatible grills or a smart meat thermometer, which will alert their smartphone when the steak has reached the desired internal temperature and is perfectly cooked.

The entertainer

A six-burner barbecue is the go-to for this social cook. This barbecue chef is always happy to try out new recipes, so might also love a rotisserie grill or offset smoker for slow-cooking hunks of meat. An outdoor barbecue kitchen is the next step.

The master chef

Flexibility is the key for this keen grilling cook, who loves to experiment with even heat, temperature control and multiple cooking surfaces. Gas barbecues are great, but pellet smokers let these outdoor chefs really show off their cooking prowess – check out the Pit Boss and CharGriller brands.

Close up image of cooked food on a plate

Outdoor pizza oven options

Pizza ovens make for a fun gathering. Matador’s woodfired pizza oven is a top choice for its soaring temperatures, even heat distribution and size. This oven can cook multiple pizzas consecutively, making them the go-to option for serving a large crowd.

If seeking a speedy option to satisfy pizza cravings, check out the Jumbuck pizza box. Its quick-to-heat ceramic stone makes baking and cooking easy. Wanting to settle your pizza cravings anywhere? Jumbuck’s portable pizza oven produces rapid heat in no time.

Safety tip: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for setting up and using your barbecue. Keep children and pets away from barbecues and gas cylinders.

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Photo Credit: Cath Muscat and Brigid Arnott 

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.