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Last weekend as it was a bank holiday my Dad offered to lend me and my partner his motor home so that we could take our son on a little holiday. Obviously we jumped at the chance and ended up at a stunning little place in the middle of Yorkshire.
On the first day when arrived we were all quite hungry and I suggested getting a KFC or McDonald's but my partner said that a barbecue on the beach would be a bit more special and I agreed. We headed off to the near-by ASDA for some food and a cheap disposable barbecue and we ended up with this one, which we paid just £2 for.
This was the full retail price rather than a sale price and I think that it was excellent value for money and I am surprised at how easy it was to use given the price. The disposable barbecue comes packaged securely and inside the box there's a medium sized foil carton. Inside the carton there's the coals and a piece of paper which you light. Over the top of the carton there's a metal cooking grill which you place the food on once the barbecue is hot enough. The product is quite good quality - not flimsy or anything, and I found it easy to use, despite never having used a disposable barbecue before.
The instructions were very easy to follow and I was surprised by how easy the paper was to light - there was a slight wind which meant that it took a minute or two to light it, but I thought that it would take much longer. It didn't go out once, and kept burning for around an hour and a half. We used this on the beach and placed it onto a large rock, which was quite flat and it is advised to burn it on a flat surface for safety reasons, and we also that it might burn the sand as it sits directly on the surface as the tray is flat rather than raised. It took a good twenty minutes or so before the barbecue was hot enough to cook on which meant that we had to have a few snacks while we were waiting as we were starving, and we managed to fit enough sausages on it for all of us (two adults and a small child).
We did want seconds, so once the first lot had cooked we placed the rest on while we were eating the first lot. If you have a large family I would definitely recommend buying at least two of these so that no one is waiting around for their food to cook. Whilst cooking the food I found it important to turn it over very regularly else it would start to burn quite quickly.
It cooked the food thoroughly though and I was impressed with how nice the food turned out. Once we had used the barbecue and it was no longer burning I didn't really know what to do with it as it was still really hot, I didn't want to put it in the bin or leave it on the beach as obviously it would be dangerous so I ended up putting it back in the cardboard box that it came packaged in once it had cooled a little and taking it back with us then disposing of it once it had completely cooled down.
All in all I recommend this disposable barbecue as it was easy to use and very good value.
Summer has been a bit of a washout so far, but amazingly it was a lovely sunny day in Staffordshire over the Bank Holiday weekend for a change, especially on the Saturday. I spent most of the day in the garden, mowing and weeding and generally trying to get it looking a bit more under control. During the afternoon I walked over to my local DIY store to buy some more weed killer, and noticed they had disposable barbecues for sale at 2 for £4 so decided in a blink of an eye that a BBQ was on the cards for tea that night.
The disposable BBQ's that I purchased were called 'Bar Be Quick' which was a brand that I had not heard of before, let alone tried out.
As always with my instantaneous decision making there was a little flaw in plan when I got home and announced my intentions to my wife. She had meanwhile made plans for us to have a take-away at our house with her brother and his partner. However after a quick call they were happy to still come around to our house for a BBQ instead, and so my plan was back on, and I was pleased that there had been an offer on and that I had ended up with 2 BBQ's, as one would have been too small to cook for 4 people on.
The 'Bar Be Quick' disposable BBQ comes wrapped up in cellophane, with a paper top cover containing some important safety advice and some general user instructions which is handy for anyone using it for the first time. The rough dimensions of the BBQ are: 30cm x 22cm.
The BBQ itself is basically a foil tray with a wire mesh at the top. Under the wire mesh there is a reasonable amount of charcoal, and also a flammable piece of card, which is used to accelerate the lighting process, and get the coals burning well. It is simply just a case of lighting the piece of card using a match or a lighter, and then leaving it for a few minutes whilst the coals heat up.
I placed my both of my disposable BBQ's onto a little stack of spare bricks that I have in the corner of my garden that gets the late sun. It is worth pointing out that the foil tray gets very hot, and so consideration to the surface that you place it on is important - for example if you were to just place it on the grass, it would burn the grass, and likewise if you put it onto plastic garden furniture it would melt the plastic.
The Bar Be Quick disposable BBQ's are quite small, but they are fine for cooking food for 1 or 2 people on. They heat up very quickly, and last for over an hour before they start to cool down again, so it is best to have everything prepared before lighting them. The heat is fairly evenly spread, but the centre of the barbecue tends to be the hottest area as you might expect. The fumes are very minimal, just a few flames and fumes when it is first started up, but after that there are no real fumes other than the fumes from the food cooking.
I only cooked a very simple range of food, including frozen burgers and sausages, choosing one BBQ as the vegetarian one, and using the other one as the meat BBQ in an attempt to stop any cross contamination for my wife who is a vegetarian. Both disposable BBQ's did a good job for cooking the food in a safe and controlled manner without any severe burning occurring to any of the food. The heat provided was plenty for the type of food I was cooking, and the BBQ's stayed plenty warm enough to enable me to complete all the cooking of all the food that I had.
The benefits to these disposable barbecues are that they are cheap to buy, easy to store, quick to get started, and simple to use. We often take them to the beach or to a park and cook up a nice treat for ourselves on a sunny day. They are ideal for thin cuts of meat, such as burgers, sausages, kebabs or pork chops, but they are not all that suitable for thick cuts of steak, as the meat would struggle to cook through correctly in time before the heat started to fade.
Overall these Bar Be Quick disposable barbeques are pretty good compared to some other brands. The meat cooks nice and evenly, and the foil tray is durable enough to avoid any splitting and spillage of the charcoal. I think the only possible downside to them is that they are a little on the small side, and an extra couple of inches in length and width would improve them a lot, although I'm sure that this would also increase the cost considerably too!
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
I have used these complete BBQ's numerous times and have always been happy with them. These generally cost a couple of pounds £1.99 from my local Tesco's. Before buying our Jamie Oliver one I used to use this for me and my two children. Although it isn't the largest BBQ you can buy, it was plenty big enough for us three.
This BBQ is basically a silver tray with coals in the bottom, with a wire grate over the top. There is also a waxy sheet of paper that is used for lighting, between the coals and the cooking surface. You use a match and light the paper which in turns lights the coals. No need for firelighters or lighter fuel etc.
If it is a little windy you can have problems lighting the paper, but once it has lit, it has no problems lighting the coals and keeping them hot. I do think you should be able to purchase these sheets and use them on larger BBQ's as it is mightily frustrating trying to get coals lit, and I have never had a problem with one of the disposable BBQ's.
After roughly 20 minutes the coals are hot enough to be able to cook on and they last for a good hour and a half to two hours. I am very impressed with how well such a simple BBQ does. Well worth it.
When cooking for more than three people, I have bought another one and done the whole BBQ meal on two of these. Very worth while.
We were staying with some friends recently when we decided to have an impromptu BBQ. The only problem was that they didn't actually have a BBQ. So on our way over, we called into the local Robert Dyas store and purchased a triple pack of these Bar-be-quick Disposable Barbecues for £8.99.
We actually only used 2 of them for the evening, keeping the other one as a spare for the next impromptu gathering, but what you effectively get is a ready to go, all in one barbeque, where all you need is a match to get it going. It comes in a shallow foil tray and measures 29cm by 24cm by 10cm deep and has a steel grill on the top. So small enough to fit in a carry bag or rucksack if you want to take it outdoors on a walk or a day out.
The tray contains enough charcoal etc to give you about 1.5 hours of cooking time once lit, and also has a special paper which runs down the inside edge and under the charcoal and acts as a sort of fire lighter once lit. To get it alight, you simply strike a match and set fire to the edge of the paper and let it burn - it seems to have some sort of fluid or substance impregnated in to it to help it burn. So pretty much idiot proof, with no need for any additional fuel or fire lighters. If you do get confused about how to get it going and use it, the back of the pack does contain full instructions on what to do.
It takes about 15-20 minutes from lighting before it is ready for cooking. Ideally what you are looking for are the charcoals to start going grey, indicating that they are hot enough to start cooking food. Of note if you've never done a BBQ before, the idea is to use the heat and not flames to cook the food. So you wait until there are no flames, and the coals going grey indicates that they are burning and providing the heat. Apologies if I'm teaching people to 'suck eggs', but I've been to many BBQs and seen people throwing loads of wood sticks, fire lighters and paper onto a BBQ in the belief that it will only work if it is roaring with flames, which often means charred burnt food as a result.
In terms of cooking space, it is quite tight if you are cooking for a family, but with a bit of ingenuity and 'jig-saw puzzle' skill, you can get quite a lot on in one go, and generally, I've managed to cook enough for the family without anyone going hungry. If push comes to shove, you can cook the food in stages (burgers first, then sausages etc) because the barbeque lasts for about 1.5 hours.
Now the real bonus of this barbeque is that it is disposable. So once you have finished (and let it cool down), you simply pick the lot up and put it in the bin. No mess, no cleaning up and no scrubbing the grill clean.
In summary, this is a cheap, no nonsense, no mess barbeque that you just throw away when you've finished with it. Almost idiot proof to get going, you just can't go wrong. So highly recommended.
My husband Mark loves BBQ's and often at the weekends, weather permitting, he will do a BBQ lunch for just the two of us, rather than dragging our big BBQ from the garage we have been using little disposable ones which are ideal for 2, quick and convenient. Recently I bought several from our local Asda which has been selling Bar-Be-Quick disposable BBQ's for just £1.97. I'm not sure if this is the regular price for these or if Asda are just doing them cheap but £1.97 is a good price so we bought a few.
Bar-Be-Quick disposable BBQ's are pretty much the same as any other disposable BBQ. You get everything you need, except food of course, to do a BBQ. The BBQ is packed in a cardboard container which states the Bar-Be-Quick disposable BBQ is very easy to light, cooks for up to 1 1/2 hours, needs no firelighters and will leave you with clean hands. The front also gives one warning and that is to remove the cardboard tray before lighting up, pretty obvious really. The pack also gives a few other do's and don'ts, don't add anything to the BBQ such as petrol, don't use the BBQ indoors, make sure its properly out using water if necessary, keep the BBQ out of the wind, do not reuse it, and dispose of it carefully, all pretty standard for a product like this.
The disposable BBQ is approximately 22 cm's wide, 58cm's long and 11 cm's high.
Once the packaging has been removed you are left with a metal tray which contains the coals, a sheet of paper which has been impregnated with the fuel to light the BBQ and a steel cooking grill. To light up your BBQ you need to simply put a match to the paper and that's it! It takes just 20minuets and you are ready to cook.
We have been really pleased with these little cheap disposable BBQ's, the packaging states they will cook for up to 1 1/2 hours and in our experience this is pretty accurate. The BBQ cooks very well, its plenty hot enough and is large enough for 2 to 3 people. We sometimes do a desert on ours after the savoury food has been cooked and the coals are still plenty hot enough to do this. They always light first time which is great as I've lost count of the times we've stood around waiting for a BBQ to get going.
I would certainly recommend the Bar-Be-Quick Disposable BBQ, especially at less than £2. They are ideal for days out at the beach or picnics and also great if you are having lots of people round and need extra cooking space. The only downside maybe where to stand it, obviously they need a level heat proof surface and after several BBQ's which saw Mark crouching on the edge of the patio we bought a Disposable BBQ Stand ( previous review).
All in all these are ideal for lots of occasions, they make a BBQ quick and easy and best of all there's no greasy grill to clean afterwards.
My son has always been very excited about barbecues and due to the risk of burning it is something I have always avoided. However now he is five he is much calmer and far more able to follow rules so when his friend was coming round for tea I decided to spend £1.97 in Asda and purchase a disposable barbecue.
I had never previously lit one and was hoping it was relatively simple. Before even lighting I explained the rules to both my son and his four year old friend. They knew they were not allowed to touch it run around near it so went and sat in my son's playhouse to keep them out of trouble.
How to use
It is very simple to use. Remove the cellophane packaging, the paper cove and cardboard tray it is sat in on purchase. This reveals a silver tray you would expect from a takeaway with a grill mesh covering the coals and flammable paper.
It is important that you do not place these on any glass source or anything flammable. My neighbour actually placed hers on a patio table last summer and consequently has had to buy a new table. I placed mine on the edge of the garden as this was out of the path of the boys and seemed sheltered from the wind.
To light there is a flammable piece of paper and you are advised to light the corner with a match. I have a long cooker lighter so this was ideal. It lit easily and caught fire to the coals with no problems.
It does state it takes approximately twenty minutes for the flames to die down which was roughly the timing I noticed. The flames tend to die down and a silver ash seems to layer on the top.
On our barbecue we cooked burgers and Chinese pork steaks. I was a little anxious ensuring that the food was going to be cooked all the way through so I did check the boys burgers were hot all the way through. I would imagine you could comfortably cook six burgers at a time. I filled the tray with 3 pork steaks.
It does state the barbecue does keep its heat for approximately an hour and a half and did notice later on in the evening it was still warm to left it on the garden over night too cool.
As this is my first time cooking on any barbecue I was very impressed at how well the food cooked and at this price see no reason to buy a barbecue that I would have to scrub after each use. I have frequently eaten barbecue food that simply tastes burnt and can happily report this was not the case when I used this barbecue. Should we have any more sunny days this year it is one item I will be purchasing again .
Sorry I haven't been around much lately but my time is taken up with our Lifeboat shop and I am finding it difficult to keep time free for anything else these days!
Anyway I have found myself with a bit of free time and so have decided it is about time I wrote a review.
Earlier today we were in Asda doing a bit of shopping and decided to get a couple of disposable barbecue ready for next weekend when my sister and her family are coming to visit. That way we have them just in case the weather is good and we fancy eating alfresco.
The ones that are on sale at Asda are the Bar Be Quick ones (which we have used many times before) at the extortionate price of just £1.97 each - now how's that for a bargain?
What you get for your money is a strong foil carton about 11 inches by 9 inches by 2 inches which contains barbecue charcoal. This is covered by a 'starter paper' which is impregnated with lighter fluid. There is a metal grid across the top of the foil carton onto which the food is placed to cook.
The whole thing comes inside a cardboard container and sealed in cellophane. On top of the barbecue and under the cellophane is a sheet of paper just telling us that this is a Bar Be Quick Instant Barbecue. The information tells us that this is easy to light; it cooks for up to one and a half hours with no firelighters, no fuss and clean hands.
On the underneath of the cardboard outer container are the full instructions for use.
What you do is remove the cellophane, the paper and the cardboard leaving just the foil container with the charcoal and lighter sheet ready to go. This MUST now be placed on a flat, firm, heat resistant, non flammable surface - bricks are the suggested surface to use. We have used ours in a proper barbecue instead of charcoal before now and that has worked fine.
To light the barbecue you just drop a lighted match under the corner of the starter paper which will light and then set fire to the charcoal.
The flames will die down after about twenty minutes leaving the burning charcoal and, once this has a coating of ash over it, you are ready to cook.
We have used these barbecues on the beach where we have had to cook directly on the top of the grid but I have found that this is a bit fierce to begin with and tends to burn things. When we use these at home we have the metal cooking grid from an old barbecue which we set up, using bricks at each end to support it, so that it is just above the instant barbecue. This means that we can begin cooking on this which stops the food burning and then, when the heat begins to die down on the barbecue, we move the cooking down onto the top of the barbecue itself.
We have cooked chicken, pork, lamb, sausages, burgers and bananas in their skins to name but a few things and they have all turned out delicious!
Normally one of these is plenty big enough for us two and maybe one or two guests but since there will be five of us next week we have got two of these just in case.
There are a few warnings to remember when using this barbecue:
1. Obviously it will be very hot so take care not to get burnt!
2. Shelter it from the wind so that it doesn't blow out and the flames don't blow about and burn anyone.
3. Never, ever use lighter fluid or petrol on it to make it burn better.
4. Never us it indoors.
5. Once you have finished cooking put out the charcoal and allow the whole thing to cool completely before you try to move it. We always pour water over ours just to make sure it is extinguished.
6. Do not refill the tray for use again - this is a one use product.
7. Dispose of the barbecue carefully after use.
So there you are a brilliant disposable barbecue which is pretty much guaranteed to work perfectly. We have used them on the beach, in the garden and even when we were camping and it was raining and it still lit and cooked the food!
Be honest that's not bad for £1.97 is it?
I do enjoy a BBQ every now and then and although we do own a large garden BBQ sometimes it is not the most practical thing to use if you only want to cook a small portion of food. These little disposable BBQ's by Bar-be-quick are perfect for those times when you only have a couple of people to feed. There are many different verities of disposable BBQ and most of them don't differ from one to the other. This unlike some, has a good amount of coals, other brands I have purchased over the years can be very stingy indeed.
On the very top is the instruction sheet this covers the disposable BBQ. Under this there is a metal mesh like covering and beneath that covering there is a sheet of paper. This sheet is the lighter paper, this is an accelerant soaked sheet that I just use a match to light. The paper ignites very easily but the longer the match you use the better, as it means you don't need to get to close to the flame. Once lit the coals will need to come to a good temperature before you can start cooking. The time I find is almost always the same for all of these BBQ's. Normally it takes around fifteen to twenty minutes to heat up fully. This will of course depend on the weather conditions.
This BBQ is perfect for cooking sausages, burgers and chicken breasts. The cooking grill above the coals is big enough for a good selection to be cooked at one time. For example I can cook two burgers and two chicken breasts at the same time and if you want you can pop on a couple of sausages in between them. The coals stay hot for around two hours at the most. After that time they will still be hot to the touch but not hot enough to cook anything correctly.
The bottom of the silver tray will become incredibly hot during the cooking time and will remain very hot for some time after. I recommend buying one of those very handy BBQ stands at the same time as you are buying the BBQ's themselves. The reason is the bottom of the BBQ's will scorch and burn any surface you place them on. Another thing to be careful of with not only this brand of disposable BBQ but any one, is that the coals may appear cold but it is best to leave them overnight to fully cool down or you can pour some water into the tray later that night. The longer you give them to cool the better.
This bar-be-quick BBQ is a good make, it gives a good heat, a hefty amount of coals compared to other similar brands and the tray is far less flimsy as well. Overall this s a good choice if you are shopping for a disposable BBQ this summer.
I've used dozens of these while camping or just enjoying a summers day with friends.
Instructions are included in the packaging, and the barbeque is very easy to set up and light, with the touch paper being very responsive. After 10-15 minutes the charcoal is nice and white and you're ready to go.
There are air holes in the bottom of the metal tray allowing air to get to the fire, which allow an even spread of heat. The mesh over the top is quite fine, and you won't lose any chipolatas in the fire.
You can fit four large burger patties on this model, with room at the end for a few sausages. The amount of charcoal in each barbeque seems fairly consistent and the heat is high enough to cook food for about an hour. This has, in my experience, been enough to cook enough food for six people tops.
I think these are great, but their reputation has been unfairly tarnished because some people just leave them lying around in the countryside. Please use these barbeques responsibly.
My husband and I started to buy these disposable BBQ's after we left our last small, kettle BBQ out over winter and unsurprisingly it went totally rusty! We didn't really want to go out and spend another £60 on a kettle BBQ and then still have to buy the coals and lighter fluid on top when we are only 2 adults and one child that is of eating age so we don't really cook huge amount of food.
We saw them on offer in B&Q for £3 for a pack of 2, so essentially £1.50 a time. You don't need to buy anything else (well other than a lighter a match) for them to work so the £1.50 initial outlay covers everything you need to have one successful BBQ.
While some of the more expensive one use BBQ's we have tried in the past, from Marks and Spencer, for example have had little foldable legs which means the hot underside on the BBQ doesn't touch the floor or grass as so can't burn away a little patch of grass...... However to get around the lack of legs on the cheaper model we have either placed it on 2 bricks or just had the BBQ on the patio where it can't burn anything. The Marks and Spencer ones we tried were £5 for a pack of 2 so essentially you are paying an extra £1 a time for the little legs which we didn't really feel was worth it.
The BBQ is meant to be very easy to light, just one match.... However if there is any wind at all it does become a battle to get a flame to catch. I recommend using the extra long matched rather than a lighter so you can stick the end through the grill and get the flame to catch on the edge of the lighter paper inside.
Once you've got a flame it takes 20 for it to get hot enough to cook and then you have about 2 hours to BBQ before the temperature drops too much.
We do now use them a fair bit as they are so small a light you can take them with you for a day at the beach or a picnic. The only disadvantage is you cannot dispose of them when you are out somewhere unless you have a space 12 hours at the end to wait until it is stone cold, otherwise you might find yourself on a arson charge!
If like me you don't want to splash out on a barbecue these disposable ones are great. Although I love barbecued food I was reluctant to pay for a barbecue due to the fact it wouldn't be used a great deal. These are a fantastic cheap alternative.
I've used these on many occasions now and wouldn't buy anything else. They're very easy to light with a match. There's no mess or fuss with lighter fluids or firelighters. It takes around 15-20 minutes to heat up after lighting then the food can be added to cook.
I've found the burning time of these is approximately 1½ hours and can be used to cook enough to feed up to 4 people. So depending on how many guests you're having at your barbecue simply buy enough of these to cook for all your guests. The price these are makes this a very cheap way to enjoy a party with friends or an outing with the family.
The food gets cooked evenly on these and tastes great. I've had food cooked on an expensive barbecue before and cannot tell the difference between it being cooked on that or cooked on these disposable ones.
These are portable and lightweight making them extremely versatile. They can be used for picnics in the park, at the beach, garden parties, camping, ect. Because their disposable you just need to ensure they have cooled down before safely disposing of them.
This is a great product that I've used many times and will continue to do so. I would definitely recommend.
Theres nothing better than the feeling you get when your cooking outside on a hot summers day and the taste of bbq food still remains the best flavour food you can get in my opinion its just a shame in england those hot sunny days or bbq weather as its called are so few and far between, thats where this handy disposable bbq comes in, why spend hundreds of pounds on a top of the range bbq that only makes one appeareance out the shed a year when you can just buy one of these and still get all the great bbq flavour with your food. Obviously you couldnt feed a party of 40 people with this but its great for a small gathering or for going camping with and you dont have to spend ages cleaning all the burnt coals when your done, you can simply just throw it away. It is very easy to use and eveno though the coals weigh it down i would recoment maybe putting a couple of bricks around the sides in if its a lil on the windy side, also make sure you have all your food prepared and ready to cook straight away as this wont keep burning all day but can get a solid hour with it. All in all a great idea for those wanting tasty bbq food without all the hassle.
I get a couple of these in before I go on a caravan or camping holiday as we love to sit on the beach and have a quick BBQ.
These are so handy, they take up very little room and are roughly the same size as a catalogue.
You get a small foil tray, filled with charcoal and on the top is a metal mesh grill.
You simply light it as you do a normal BBQ and wait for the flames to go before you start cooking, you can cook about 4 burgers, maybe at a squeeze 6, and easily cook a pack of 8 sausages. These BBQ's don't last for very long though, you get about an hours worth of cooking time before it cools down completely.
Don't touch the tray when it's lit, for the obvious reason.... it will burn you. Make sure you put it in a suitable place before you even start to cook, you don't want it falling over in the middle of cooking!!
I wait untill it's cooled and then send the kids down to the sea with a bucket to get some water, this is just precautionry as I then place it in a carrier bag and put it in the bin.
If you want/need a few for any reason, it would probably be worth bulk buying them at the end of the summer or coming upto winter, you'll find them reduced down in price by a few pounds. I found them for just 50p in a local DIY store at the beginning of October last year and put them away for this year.
Overall a great disposable BBQ for a quick bite to eat.
From me, this Bar-be-quick Disposable Barbecue will be awarded with five out of five stars, simply because I think it`s a brilliant and handy product, making the taste and process of BBQ easy, hazzle free and very cheap! One of these disposable barbecues will only take you back 2.57 or so, and they are super easy to use, and the very best fact of all, you will NOT be needing to clean them after use, you simply let them cool for 30-40 minutes and throw it out! Brilliant!
A couple of years ago, I spent my Easter holiday in Scandinavia, and everywhere I saw, there were people setting up their disposable barbecues in the midst of the snow, barbecuing their sausages, bananas, marshmallows, you name it! And I do have to say that a hot dog tastes the very best when getting all crispy on a product such as this one, it`s just so "outdoorsy" and lovely, I just can`t get enough of it! Say if you are more than six or seven people, then I would advice having to sets of these, as they are quite small and will not last long enough to make food for large groups of people, at least with a lot of waiting involved... But once this bbq is warm and ready to go, which takes about 20-25 minutes, making sausages, hamburgers, etc..., on it is simple, fast and fun, and the result always tastes delicious! This product is so easy to use, you just lit the bbq by litting a small piece of newspaper or something similar to that, wait for about 20 minutes and you`re ready to roll!
I am very pleased with this disposable BBQ, recommending it with absolute ease!
Today my mate popped round unexpected with her new baby.... well she's nearly 4 months now but it's the first time I'd met her due to my mate moving MILES away not long before she had her. It was quite a nice day in Birmingham so I said I'd put a bbq on before she went home, we've always got a couple of these disposable bbqs knocking around and today I used a Bar-Be-Quick one.
It's a standard size for a disposable bbq, I haven't actually measured it but it was plenty big enough for me to cook 6 burgers at one time even though they were pretty big burgers.
The bbq is dead easy to light, it was today anyway because it wasn't very windy! You light a sheet of paper and let it burn away and heat the coals up for 20 mins, like I said you need to do this in quite a sheltered place because if it's a windy day it will just blow the paper out and then you've got a bit of a nightmare to light the coals by hand. Lucky it worked brill today and after about 30 mins the bbq was ready to go.
The heat you get off the coals in one of these Bar-Be-Quick bbqs is brill, it was surprising actually because I sometimes think these little disposable bbqs heat up better than the gas bbq we usually use!!! It heated up evenly and didn't leave any corners of the bbq still cold or stuggling to heat or anything like that.
One thing I DID notice is that the food stuck to the grill quite a lot, more than usual. That's surprising because of all the fat in the burgers but I think the grill must be made out of a bad quality metal for it to stick like this. It's ok once the food has cooked through a bit but I like to turn the meat on a bbq a lot to make sure it cooks all the way through properly, you can't do that so easily on this bbq because if you try turning the burgers or whatever too quickly they will just stick and break up.
I'll still use the Bar-Be-Quick bbqs even though the sticking thing is annoying but actually I prefer the disposable bbqs you can get from the pound shop because they work just as good but without making my food fall to pieces!!!
Recommended..... just beware of sticking!!!
The Complete Barbecue in one pack. Lights with a single match. Ready to cook in 20 minutes. Ideal for the garden picnics camping fishing. Clean and easy to use.