1. Kettle barbecues are perfect for cooking larger pieces of meat giving food an indulgent BBQ flavour due to their cover containing the heat. Usually, these will cost you around £50 – £150 and they’re great for small spaces.
2. Gas fired barbecues are a quick and easy option, with the advantage of instant heat. They often have multiple gas burners for flexibility when cooking different food all at once. Your local supplier will have a garden gas bottle which you can refill each time. For serious chefs there are ranges of larger barbecues with griddles, warming racks and wok burners—you might not need to use the kitchen all summer!
3. Lumpwood charcoal is kiln-fired wood that lends a traditional smoky flavour and is the cheapest fuel option. Plus, instant lighting varieties will mean no more messing around with firelighters.
4. Keep a lookout for flavoured wood chips to really add a smoky essence, with delicious varieties such as whiskey, hickory, pecan and beech that will leave your mouth watering.
5. Charcoal briquettes are made of a charcoal and starch binder mixture. They are not pure charcoal but once they are lit, they burn for up to twice as long and produce a more constant cooking temperature.