As the days get longer and the weather slowly improves, it’s only natural to begin thinking about those marvellous days when the BBQ comes out and the alfresco meals begin. Whilst you still have time to prepare, we recommend planning by updating your cooking tools and accessories so that your BBQ experience has a full upgrade this year.
From investing in high-quality grills and cooking tools to finding the best recipes, choosing your perfect equipment will certainly make your life easier once the weather improves. By investigating carefully and wisely considering the essential factors — shape, size and versatility — you could be reducing the time spent cooking and increasing your time spent with loved ones. Sounds like the ideal outcome, doesn’t it?
Luckily, we have done all the research for you and selected the very best grills, tools and key elements to vastly improve your outdoor cooking — prepare to be impressed by the extraordinary flavours.
BBQs to buy this year
When it comes to finding the ideal BBQ for your home, the options are widely varied. Spoilt for choice, you firstly need to consider what you are specifically searching for as it can drastically narrow your search.
For a truly versatile and state-of-the-art design that will add luxury and professionalism to your outdoor area, we recommend investing in the exquisite Kalamazoo K750 Freestanding Hybrid Fire Grill With Side Burner, as it’s the Rolls Royce of the grilling world. With incredible firepower, custom dragon burners, enhanced heat circulation and versatile cooking capabilities, this stainless steel grill is a dream.
Perfect for larger gatherings, this magnificent grill features plenty of space to place all your ingredients, and with the option of cooking with gas, charcoal or wood, you can pursue any outdoor cooking technique that your heart desires.
For a smaller and portable option, the Big Green Egg Minimax is a perfect choice. Featuring a solid yet quirky design, this highly functional grill is a great alternative if you are hoping to travel whilst still enjoying homemade alfresco meals outdoors. You can also look to take full advantage of the very latest offers and special deals on all the latest high tech BBQs by searching online.
Best cooking tools to buy
You cannot have a fantastic grilling experience without the perfect accompanying accessories, regardless of the BBQ you choose. Finding the ideal cooking tools may be harder than you think, however, we’ve found some of the best on the market to save you time.
When you’re cooking, ensure that your meat is always cooked to perfection by using the Apption Labs Meatier Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer. This modern contraption sticks into the thickest section of the mat and syncs it to your smartphone. Once synced, you tell the accompanying app what type of meat your cooking and how you’d like it cooked. As long as you’re within 50 meters, you’ll be able to know when it’s reached perfection. Grilling has never been easier.
If you’re a pizza lover or perhaps need slightly more space to cook all your meals for a large outdoor party, then we suggest investing in the Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven as it is the perfect addition for your BBQ. Offering more space to easily cook stone-baked pizza, vegetables, steaks and whatever else you fancy.
Similarly, a Premium Tool Set will be an excellent addition to facilitating your grilling experience. Featuring three must-have barbecuing tools, you’ll be able to flip burgers, turn hot dogs, and move brisket without difficulty. With these essential tools, including this Brickwalls and Barricades leather apron, your life will certainly be easier and cleaner.
Find recipes that will inspire you
The barbecue season is unfortunately short-lived in the UK but planning ahead can ensure that we make the most of every sunny day that we have. Thankfully, there’s an array of recipe books just waiting to be opened, and we’re about to tell you our favourites.
Weber’s Complete BBQ Book by Jamie Purviance covers everything from “five things you need to know about barbecuing burgers” to “how to barbecue tofu”, so chances are you will be able to find anything you fancy in this book.
Similarly, Grillstock: The BBQ Book by Jon Finch and Ben Merrington is a collection of all the recipes created by the teams that have completed over the years — including their tips and tricks — at the highly-renowned Grillstock festival. Definitely worth a focused glance.
Another recipe book that should be on your kitchen counter should be the highly popular Berber and Q by Josh Katz, which features a large selection of some of the restaurant’s exquisite Middle Eastern-inspired recipes, all cooked over charcoal. With 120 recipes, this book is perfect to keep you experimenting over the summer, ultimately impressing your friends and families.