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Bar-be-quick Disposable Barbecue
Member Name: Randal
Bar-be-quick Disposable Barbecue
Advantages: Simple to use and is disposable.
Disadvantages: Small size.
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.
Summary: A cheap, easy to use disposable BBQ.