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My wife and I spent a very long time deciding which barbecue we should go for, and in the end decided to choose this one even though it was more expensive. And I'm so glad we did! The quality is very high, the cooking surfaces and strong and the whole build will last a long time. My family motto is "buy cheap, buy twice" and if you get this barbie, you won't need to replace it for many years.
Investing in a gas bbq from Homebase was such a wise move .Gas bbq are so hastle free just turn them on when you get home from work , let it warm up for 5 mins and throw on the meat - it's so simple and easier than using coal . My bbq has a hob on the side which is ideal for frying onions on , so the others can enjoy the sunshine and not have to use the cooker inside to cook the onions . We bbq almost everyday in the summer as it is so convient and good to enjoy the fresh air after i've been couped up in the office all day . I'd certainly recommend one to anybody thinking about buying one .
I have often thought of getting a gas BBQ. I appreciate the benefits of quick start, cleanliness, etc. However, many of them do not have lids or even if they do it is difficult to do some forms of BBQ cooking. I have my second Meco Square charcoal BBQ. It is excellent for the things I like to cook. It has an adjustable grid with several positions of height above the coals. You can tilt it so that one side is nearer than another. It is a large square shape which means you can get a lot on if you have a party and is useful for bigger items like fish - I love trout, mackerel and sardines. With the lid down I cook chicken, which you can smoke with hickory chips or other wood for added flavour and appearance. I have also cooked legs of lamb, turkey and duck. These require the side method where you place a deep pan under the grid and pile coals around the sides. The pan catches the fat which would otherwise fall onto the coals and flair up. With duck especially you need a pipette-type device - a large plastic baster will do nicely. This is a transparent tube with a rubber bulb on the end. You lift the grid during cooking and suck up the fat to put into a bowl - otherwise the pan will overflow. The tube needs to be transparent so that you can see what you are doing - you do not want hot fat in your hand!You can use the fat and juices for gravy or in the case of duck fat it will keep for a long time in a bowl with a tea plate on top - I keep it in the plastc bowls which Xmas puddings come in by the side of my cooker indoors. Great for roast potatoes! I have not yet seen a gas BBQ which lets me cook like this.
Gas or coal BBQ? I'd go for gas anyday! Coal BBQs are such a pain in the bum. You need firelighters, coal, matches, time (40 minutes for the charcoal to go white), and patience to start the bloomin' thing! On the other hand a gas BBQ is the perfect alternative. Want to start a gas BBQ right away! You don't need matches, coal or patience! All you need is a gas cylinder, turn it on and press the button and Bob's ya uncle and Fanny's ya aunt! Its so quick and easy to use. It tastes equally as nice as a coal BBQ but a lot less hassle. You don't have to wait until the coal or charcoal gets white before you can cook food. The saturday steaks are cooked within 20 minutes from start to finish! We can't tell you how much a gas cylinder costs because we haven't changed it in almost 5 years!