“ Brand: Morrisons „
*Background & Pricing...
Myself and my husband were going camping with some family members and we needed a BBQ - we decided to purchase the BBQ in a bucket because it was only a tenner - great value for money! We also had to get some coals, lighter fluid and matches etc... so the total cost was approximately £15ish.
*Transportation of BBQ
The BBQ sat nicely in the boot of the car whilst we travelled to the campsite, and was nicely snug in all its packaging that it was fairly safe. On the way back, the BBQ sat nicely with all its compenents in inside and didn't get damaged.
There was limited packaging which meant it was easy to unwrap and you didnt need any scissors etc.. which is quite useful when you are camping and have a limited amount available to you. The campsite had 'slabs' to lift it off the ground so the grass wouldnt catch fire etc, which was extremely handy as the bucket is quite close to the ground/grass otherwise! ***Definitely needs a little slab to lift it off the ground as the legs aren't that long.***
*Setting it up!
Luckily we had seen a youtube clip prior to camping, and it was quite easy to set up, place the feet into the edge of the bucket, then slot in the 'shelf', stick the inner bucket inside which sits onto this shelf and away you go - not much faffing around involved (ie, nothing had to be screwed into place)
We added the coals, and within 30 minutes it was hot enough to cook, have to stay it is the perfect height for cooking on whilst sat in a camping chair which is what my husband did! So easy to construct/ cook on and a genius idea - much better then the disposable ones by far as you can reuse it over and over again! Ideal for the two of us.
As it was quite nippy and cold that evening, we decided to use it as a 'camp fire' and added the coals from everyone elses BBQs to ours and another one (a little round one) and it kept us nice and snug as we all sat around them in our camping chairs... so it has a multi-purpose! The bucket did good!
The only downfall as with most BBQs is cleaning them as the debris from the coals is hard to fully get rid off.. the grill is pretty easy to clean however.
Definitely will be using it for next years camping holiday! Ideal for the two of us and doesn't take up too much room.
I usually tend to buy a couple of disposable bbqs when we have a bbq, rather than investing in an actual bbq. Mosty because we have nowhere we can keep one when its not in use and living where we do, it would no doubt get stolen if we left it in the garden overnight. When I saw this BBQ (I think it was around £7 when I bought it) I decided to invest in one, it was small enough to keep on our porch behind our gates and it would work out cheaper and more environmentally friendly than continiously buying disposable ones over the summer.
The BBQ comes in a range of colours, since my favourite colour is blue I went for the bright blue one. You have to assemble it yourself, which is really easy and only involves attaching the legs to the bottom which takes around 10 minutes. After this your BBQ is ready to go, simply put your coals in the bottom, light them and then place the grill/tray thingy on the top. The great thing about this BBQ is that it is so easy to clean, the grill/tray thing comes off the top and can be washed easily, and inside the bucket is a smaller bucket that you put your coals in - this can just be lifted out to dispose of the charcoal after use (when its cooled obviously)!
A few negatives - this BBQ really is quite small so its not really suitable if your using it for more than two people, otherwise you have to cook everything in batches, and it does take a while to cook things in my opinion. The other strange thing is how quite it is, whatever your cooking just doesnt sizzle in that stisfying bbq way - I guess just not enough heat is getting up and this is why it takes longer to cook things too.
Overall I do like this BBQ, it was cheap, its easy to clean and its suitable if your just having a quick BBQ for two - which is what I purchased it for. It wouldnt be suitable for a family or for cooking food for lots of people on though. I love that it comes in bright colours and this is probably the thing that attracted me to it in the first place. It is a great little bargain BBQ and a good alternative to buying little disposable ones all the time.
We often use disposable BBQs for the lovely charcoal flavour they give to food and our only other alternative is our gas BBQ which is huge and a nuisance to clean. When I saw this for less than £10 and a bag of charcoal for just £5 I decided it was a bargain and looked easy to clean. I also thought it might be more environmentally friendly than using disposable BBQs and also save us a few pennies when we went camping as we could re-use the bucket BBQ unlike the disposables we usually take.
It took about five minutes to attach the legs to the BBQ with the provided wingnuts (I'm sure that isn't their real name). Inside the colourful bucket (ours is the lime one you can see in the photo), there is an inner silver bucket which is where you put the coal. We also broke up a fire lighter and put it in the inner bucket to ensure the coal would light easily. You then place the grill which has a large handle attached to it on top (once you have lit the coal). The grill is obviously where you will cook the food.
==Cooking the food==
This is by far the quietest BBQ I have ever heard, I kept having to check that the coals were still lit (they were). None of the food sizzled like on a normal BBQ it was really odd. The top of the grill isn't huge so you may have to cook in batches. There are just two of us so we did two batches (chicken then steaks) and the food cooked quite quickly, around 15-20mins each time. Unlike other BBQs, rather than giving this a charcoal flavour, it ended up "painting" the chicken with a black smoke. The chicken wasn't black burnt, it was as though someone had brushed black onto it which was a bit weird. I'm not sure if this was just bad luck on our part but rather than having a lovely BBQ flavour, it just tasted really strange.
The BBQ is of average quality. The legs feel a bit flimsy but seem to do the job OK which is the main thing. The BBQ felt stable throughout the cooking. We have only purchased this this year so have only used it a handful of times (thanks British weather!) but found it to be easy to clean and it doesn't seem to have rusted yet. For around £7 it is good quality and decent value for money.
If and when this breaks/rusts, I'm not sure I'd buy another one. I prefer the taste of a normal BBQ, a disposable or a gas BBQ. I wonder if it is the type of coal we have used that gave the food the strange taste? We of course will use the BBQ again as it doesn't taste bad enough not to eat the food, it just doesn't have that delicious BBQ flavour. I think it is quite well made and good value for money compared with disposable BBQs but I'm still not convinced I would buy another one.
The bucket bbq seemed a brilliant idea to me: we like to nip down the beach and have a bbq when we can. It seemed a good alternative to the disposable ones that can be quite awkward to get rid of safely, while carrying them home isn't particularly desirable.
The bucket bbq comes in a variety of colours. It has a metal handle which folds down around the bucket when not in use, and a handgrip made from a spiral of wire around the main handle.
It has three fold-out legs to raise it from the ground, to allow good airflow through the bbq. These look flimsy, but they provide quite sturdy support. There are vents at the bottom and an inner bucket about half the height of the main bucket to put the charcoal into. To use, you shouldn't over-do it, but just have the charcoal filling the inner bucket. It doesn't take much to fill it really. I have bought those bags of charcoal which you light in their packet, but ended up having to break it in two to fit the bucket bbq. It takes about 20-30 minutes to get up to cooking heat.
The grill fits over the top of the bucket and has a fold-out handle to enable you to lift it off should the charcoal need a poking or to add more. It is about 10 inches across. This isn't a huge area to cook on, but I find it enough for when it's me and the two children and we just want a burger and a sausage each. The Other Half scorns the bucket bbq because of its small cooking area, and I have to admit it wouldn't do for larger groups - unless they're patient.
I found this bbq really quite handy last year. The only thing I found problematic was disposing of the hot charcoal after use - we tend to leave not too long after we've eaten. Clearly it wouldn't be nice to dump the stuff (or bury it, whatever some people might think) on the beach, so it's a matter of carrying it back up. At least the bucket makes that easy. If the kids have had their buckets and spades with them, then I pour a bit of sea-water on it to cool it down more. When packing up, you have to watch out for the ground underneath the bbq, as it can get quite hot and it wouldn't be good if someone barefoot stood where it had been unwarily. Once you've used it, if you're travelling by car, you may find it a bit of a pain deciding how not to make a mess in your car if there's nowhere to dispose of the charcoal. I think it would be a good idea if there was a metal lid you could clip on as well.
When I came to dig the bucket bbq out this year, I found it had rusted quite badly and one of the legs was missing, so it was only good for a year for us. Admittedly it wasn't stored particularly well, so others may survive better. At around £7, I can't complain 'though, we got quite a lot of use out of it.
I bought a couple of these mini bbq buckets from Morrisons last year when they were on offer but haven't had the chance to use them up until this last week when the weather was really good. I have a main bbq but on a day out I decided to pack one of these little buckets as I thought a bbq would be make a nice change from my friends and I having a picnic.
I can't remember how much I paid exactly for the two bbq buckets but I think it was £10. Their usual price is £7 each.
These are really good little bbqs for the money and while they won't grill enough food for loads of people they are big enough for a couple or a small group of people if you don't mind having to wait until some food is cooked before being able to cook anymore.
They are made from metal and are brightly coloured. They came in a selection of different colours but I ended up getting two blue ones as these were all that were available. They are certainly eye catching and someone even came up to us when we were out to ask where we had got the bbq from.
They come with their own little stand so you don't need to worry about finding somewhere to place it and on the bottom of the bucket there are some air flow holes.
Inside the bucket is quite deep and there is a grill tray for cooking your food on.
The grill tray is a decent enough size and more than big enough to be able to cook a couple of sausages and burgers on at a time. It is the perfect size to be portable and although the portable bbq trays are probably more practical I find that they aren't all that great when it comes to cooking food. You do need to have your own charchoal for this bbq but at least I know it is going to get hot enough to be able to cook the meat without taking hours.
When you are finished you just need to treat this bbq like any other. The coals need to be completely cold before disposing of them which if you are using it as a portable bbq can take a long time. It is better to just douse the coals in water until they are completely out and no longer smoking this way you can bin them a lot quicker. The grill was easy enough to clean with some proper elbow grease as by the time we got it home the food was well and truly stuck to it.
All in all these little bbq's are great value. They look fantastic and are portable enough that it isn't too much of a hassle carting one away with you for the day and it makes a nice change from having sandwiches.
I purchased one of these last summer for around about £10 from Morrisons. I have used it on several occasions since I bought it and it has never let me down. The main reason behind the purchase was due to me being sick of disposable BBQ's lasting about enough time to cook a sausage.
I normally fill the bucket BBQ with the same stuff you would put in a normal charcoal BBQ. A bit of charcoal, a few briquette and the obligatory firelighters to get the BBQ going. You can fit around four large burgers on the BBQ at anyone time and I have cooked meat on the BBQ for up to four hours and cooked food for up to 12 people on it.
The bucket BBQ comes with a smaller metal bucket inside the big colourful bucket (my one is orange). You place the coals etc in the smaller bucket and the grill fits on to of the outer bucket. There are also 3 feet which you attach to the outer bucket, this elevates the BBQ off the ground so not to scorch the grass.
Once the BBQ has cooled down, I find that it's very easy to clean up. You can lift the smaller metal bucket and empty the contents into the bin once fully cooled. The girl has a handle which clips into it and makes it easy to left on and off, even when hot.
The bucket BBQ is small and compact and we store it in the cupboard when we are not using it. It also fits easily into the boot of the car for when we take the BBQ down to the beach or out to the park.
This is a great BBQ and it's never let me down. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this to family or friends.
I think BBQ season must be coming to an end, actually I had what was probably my last BBQ of the year yesterday and that was mainly because I'd been shopping in Morrisons and noticed that they had these Bucket BBQs reduced to £4.00 instead of the £7.99 they usually cost. I've had my eye on these for ages so had to buy one at that cheap price, I was a bit gutted that all the green ones had gone because that was a proper cool colour but I ended up with a bright pink one instead that actually looks mega bright and cheerful.
It's not really the size of a bucket, more like a household bin that you'd have in a bedroom or bathroom. The BBQ comes with a grill section and that just sort of sits at the top of the bucket, it has got a handle so that when your food is done you just need to lift the wire grill off the top of the BBQ to transfer your food to the plates. The BBQ stands on little stainless steel legs, this doesn't add all that much height to it but I think the main thing about these legs is that it lifts the BBQ up off the surface where you're doing the cooking for safety and also to get the air flowing around it. There are a few little vent holes at the bottom of the bucket and again they are to create a good air flow around the coals.
When I'm not using our big gas BBQ I buy them cheapo disposable BBQs and in a way I think they are better than this bucket one because by buying this one from Morrisons it meant I also had to buy coals and firelighters, when they would always come included with a disposable one. It took a bit of time to light this bucket BBQ because of having to reach all the way down into the bucket to light the coals, I hadn't got any of them long handled matches so ended up burning the end of my thumb trying to do it with a lighter! I got it lit eventually though, it just took waaaaaaaay longer than just lighting the paper on a disposable BBQ.
Once the coals had gone white I added my food, and saw straight away that you haven't actually got all that much room to cook on the top of the bucket BBQ. Because of the BBQ being round you lose a lot of food space because of not being able to cook all the way to the edge of the grill tray, last night I got on 2 chicken breasts and just about had time afterwards to cook 4 normal sized burgers. I say just about enough time because you can't overload this BBQ with coal so you have to get your food cooked as quick as possible before the coal starts cooling down too much. After the chicken breasts and burgers I just put some mushrooms and stuff on the top and there was just enough heat left in them to warm those through, so don't bother if you're looking for something that is going to feed a whole load of people..... unless you're feeling flush and want to buy half a dozen of these BBQs and let everyone do their own cooking!
The food did cook through nice though and I was impressed by how quick the chicken cooked because that usually takes ages on the BBQ and with this being such a small one I thought it would end up taking even longer. I reckon you could add more coal if you wanted to cook for more people but then you've got to wait for it to get hot all over again so that probably wouldn't be all that practical.
The BBQ took quite a long time to cool down, that was fine because I was using mine in the back garden so was able to leave it outside for as long as I needed to but if you're thinking about taking it camping or on a day trip then you'll have to think about that. It's metal underneath the bright pink paint so I don't know if it would be a very good idea to pour water over it too much to cool it down in case it rusted the bucket eventually. Another thing is storage, even though the bucket is quite small you need to find somewhere out of the rain and wind to store it again because of the chance of it going rusty.
It's easy to empty the cold coal out of the bucket because of it being so small, I just tipped it upside down into the bin and then gave it a rinse out with the hosepipe once it was empty to clean it. The grill tray took a bit of cleaning with a scouring pad but even that wasn't as much effort as I thought it was going to be.
Recommended...... a cute little BBQ that looks loads better than the disposable ones and that will definately last for a lot longer.
On a recent trip to Morrisons to stock up on some bits and pieces for a picnic, we came across a small stack of Mini Bucket BBQs. Now I must admit that they were really nice, in a selection of lovely zingy summer colours, zesty lime green, shocking fuchsia pink and calming turquoise.
Having just gone in to pick up one of those disposable BBQs in the silver foil trays that Morrisons sell, these really caught the eye and after umming and ahhing for a few moments, a lovely fuchsia pink Bucket BBQ jumped on into the trolley. Well we couldn't refuse it could we.
It was priced at £7.99 so more than twice the price of the disposable types and although we had to buy charcoal for it, it seemed a fair price. The BBQ has small vents at the bottom to allow a good air flow when lit, it also stands on 3 little stainless steel legs, which are reasonably sturdy.
There is small wire section on which to cook your food, its easily cleaned with a wire brush and a little elbow grease. It fits 3 to 4 chunky home made burgers or 5 to 6 mini lamb or chicken kebabs on wooden skewers and will still have enough heat afterwards to cook a few other things. You can also use it to warm your pitta bread or burger roll on once the meat is cooked.
When using this do make certain you have set it down on an even and safe to cook on surface, away from any potential hazards. Light your coals and if need be use a mini fire lighter block broken in two to help get it started.
Do not be tempted to put anything on to cook until the coals are white hot, wait till you see white hot ash and simmering red coals. Once its at that stage there shouldn't be much smoke and your food will cook nicely. By always waiting till the coals are ready you shouldn't end up with under cooked food.
The BBQ is the size of a slightly shorter metal waste paper bin so easily portable for days out and BBQ picnics. One of the down sides when out and about with this, is that you do need to wait till the BBQ is cold till you pack it away. We got around that by dousing the few coals remaining with some water that we took with us in a plastic bottle.
Only a small amount of water was needed to put out the coals and once cooled, we tipped the residue out into a carrier bag, so that we could dispose of them safely. Then did quick wash round with the rest of the bottled water and the BBQ bin was clean and good to go.
Over all the Bucket BBQ was ok, a bit quirky and not suitable for cooking for a large group of people, but for a small amount of food it works well enough. As a portable BBQ, I do think that the disposable ones are a little more easy to handle as they come ready to light, but this little BBQ bin did the job well enough and was a talking point too. Think it deserves 4 stars as its so very cute and if used safely does a pretty decent job.