“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Disposable Barbecue / Type: Barbecue „
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When we went to Haven in June we tried to make it as low cost as possible when it came to meals whilst staying in the caravan. We had previously bought a disposable barbecue for the garden at home but we ended up purchasing a large barbecue from Wilkinson instead. This barbecue stayed in the garage and when we were sorting out our holiday we decided we would take this with us as on the caravan site, you are permitted to use disposable barbecues on the grassed/paved areas that surrounded your caravan.
I purchased this barbecue for around £2.25 in Morrisons supermarket and was extremely happy with the quality is proved. We used it on the 2nd day we were at the caravan park and used it to cook both meat and vegetarian sausages. We had a pack of 6 vegetarian quorn sausages and 6 posh pork and apple which were big fellas. All sausages fit on the BBQ at once so there was no need for us to cook them separately.
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It did take a while for us to get this to light. It contains a piece of carboard inside which you light to get it going. It's behind the wire mesh part which the food sits on and as it was a very windy but hot day, it took a few attempts to get it going. When it finally started, it heated up very quickly. After about 10-15 minutes we were able to place the sausages on the top and get them cooking whilst me and Hollie were in the caravan preparing the rolls. The barbecue was excellent. The sausages were cooked evenly all over and had no signs on burning or charred blackness like you sometimes get from it being too hot. We had shook the barbecue to even the coals out and had the whole of the top covered in sausages. It managed to cook 12 of them at once which is great for such a small thing.
The barbecue is very simply made indeed. It comprises of a metal tin which resembles a take away tub, some small coals sitting inside, and some wire mesh for you to sit the food on whilst cooking. It's very simple and gave us a really enjoyable holiday experience whilst down at Haven.
We have since bought another of these for the garden to cook vegetarian food on when we had friends and family round for a barbecue. It was really enjoyable and I would definitely recommend using these if you don't have a BBQ in the garden or are going away to somewhere which allows for these to be used.
Once we used the barbeque in Haven, we used a jug of water to put it out. We were going to let it go out naturally but because of the high wind and it being such a light item, we didn't want it blowing away. Whilst it was cooling down, we did encounter a few seagulls fighting over the barbecue to eat the bits of meat and fat which were on the mesh of the barbecue.
I hadn't used one of these before and it was a pleasant experience and was fun for us all. We were very happy with how the food was cooked and how easy it was to use. We must however remember to take tongs next time so not to have to endure the heat of the barbecue from using forks to turn the sausages as it was very very hot. We put our barbecue on a slab of pavement so we didn't burn anything whilst using it. We didn't want to use it on the grass incase we ruined it and also in case ants came looking for a picnic.
I give this morrisons disposable barbecue 5/5 stars for being an excellent piece of cooking equipment and for giving us an enjoyable lunch whilst on holiday.
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I don't know what it is about the warm weather, but as soon as it arrives, the conversation in our house always turns to having a family BBQ. As we have a static caravan, we spend most of the weekends at the seaside, we have a gas BBQ there but there was an instance last year where we knew our gas was running low and rather than messing around trying to buy a new gas bottle (as it was pretty late in the day), we popped to Morrison's and picked one of their disposable ones up.
I have found this available in most Morrison's, the one near me is quite small and they always have plenty in stock. This BBQ is part of Morrison's own range therefore only available in store (Morrison's don't yet have the facility of home delivery or reserve and collect). The BBQ cost £2 which I think is quite competitive, with the exception on Sainsbury's, most large supermarket chains do a similar version and charge around £2 to £3 for these and they are all a similar size. I have spotted that quite often Morrison's have multi-buy offers on these too.
The BBQ comes in a silver tray and there is a wire tray which sits neatly inside where you place your food. Inside the tray is some coal which you ignite using the flammable piece of card which is included. Once you have lit the BBQ, you need to wait around 20minutes for the coals to get going and then the BBQ is ready go; simply place your food on top and let it cook. I find that the cooking time is a little slower than when using my gas BBQ (I say this, my partner normally does all the cooking so it really should be 'waiting time'!), but I am told that cooking on coals is generally slower than gas.
The BBQ measures around 20 cm x 30 cm and is about 10 cm deep, I found this is plenty big enough to feed the three of us (but bearing in mind that it for 2 adults and 1 child), I would not like to use one of these for any more than two adults.
One of the downsides I found with the product is that although you get coal with it, there is not enough to cover the whole of the bottom of the tray, I do find this is a bit of a pain as it means that the food around the edges of the BBQ did not cook as well and I had to do quite a bit of 'shuffling around' so ensure everything was fully cooked.
As with all BBQ's these get extremely hot when using, I would recommend not placing on the grass as it will burn it straight away so I would recommend placing it on a paving slab. Another downside of the product is how hot the base gets, I find that I have to place on a spare paving slab on the floor as is would damage a table; it isn't very comfortable bending over or crouching down while you are turning your burgers and sausages.
Once you have finished using, I always tip a bucket of cold water on top of these, although you can leave to cool down naturally before disposing of, having a little one wandering around, I don't want to take any chances so always soak through and then dispose of straight away.
Overall, these are a good buy and handy if you haven't got room or the budget for a large bulky one but because of the two downsides I have listed before, I would only give 3 out of 5 stars.
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Finally the weather has picked up so that we can all enjoy the summertime outdoors! I managed to have only my second barbeque of the year last night, which is a ridiculously low number for me, but hopefully I will get a few more in before the winter comes around.
I have a gas barbecue which is as old as the hills, but works very well, considering all the use it has had over the years, and so I dusted it off, and lit it up, along with a small disposable BBQ that I got from Morrison's a few weeks back for £2:50.
There were 4 people to cook for, including 1 vegetarian (my wife), and so I decided to cook her food separately on the disposable BBQ to prevent any cross contamination, and to free up a little extra space on the main gas BBQ.
The 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 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 disposable BBQ on the extendable shelf of my Gas BBQ, to enable me to control the two of them with relative ease, making it almost like one big BBQ. 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 disposable barbecue from Morrison's is 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 it. 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 found that the food seemed to cook quicker on my gas BBQ, but it is a little difficult to compare the 2 accurately, as neither of them contained the same food, due the disposable one containing meat free produce only.
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 disposable barbeques from Morrison's 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. My wife was more than happy with the food from the BBQ, and so I will definitely look to buy a few more of these on my next visit.
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© L500589 2012
Disposable barbaques are the way forward for outdoor / away from home summer cooking - especially for festival and camping holidays! They are a cheap, hassle-free way to enjoy foods in unlikely places where electricity and gas supplies are non-existent. Though there are many brands, all disposable barbaques seem to perform in exactly the same way, costing roughly the same amount of money, and lasting roughly the same amount of time once lit. This version from Morrisons is the same as all the others, here' some consumer information and opinion about it:
HOW THEY WORK
The body of the barbaque is metal at the base (surrounded by cardboard packaging), and the metal base curves round a sheet of metal mesh at the top where food sits, and heat is allowed to reach up from the coals within. Behind the mesh is a temporary sheet of paper used to spread the flame of a match or lighter across the coals evenly. Within the packaging is a wire frame which is used to prop the barbaque away from grass and the ground - to reduce the chance of fire spreading. Once the fire is lit, you must wait 10 - 20 minutes for the coals to turn white (from black) meaning the heat is sufficient to cook meats safely.
This system works well, but not that well. Sometimes things go wrong. For example, the coals aren't always sat evenly within the metal casement, meaning certain areas of the barbaque emit more heat than others when lit. Also, it is difficult to move the coals into a better position due to the wire mesh, and the fact you can't touch the thing when it's lit because it's too hot. Sometimes the mesh with food sat on top will bend at the centre, forcing meat and other foods onto the black coal, causing carbon marks on your grub! This can ruin the food - but you can't expect perfection from a cheap alternative like this!
The liting mechanism - putting a flame to the paper sheet - is harder than you might think and sometimes (with the help of wind) it's very hard to lite the stuff at all. Even when it is lit, the paper will often fail to lite all the coals, therefore not getting 100% heat from the barbaque. Similarly, even if lit, the coals will on occasion fail to produce a flame and complete the process of black to white coal - meaning the barbaque becomes useless.
Liting the paper through the mesh is difficult and can result in burns - as, as you are aiming the liter flame down all it wants to do is rise up and scold your fingers! Besides this procedure, using the barbaque is perfectly safe, the only other issue is fire starting outside the jurisdiction of the barbaque! The coals heat can light dried grass and other substances outside which can pose a danger to the surrounding environment.
Overall I think disposable barbaques from Morrisons are identical to Tesco's, Asda's, even pound land's. They're probably produced in the same factory for all I know, but it doesn't matter because I think they're brilliant. Yes they have their problems, but that only adds to the excitement of camping, festivaling and barbaqueing in general! A bit of safety worry isn't any real issue if you follow the rules - ensuring you set up the product properly and ensure you wait for the coals to turn white before cooking!
I'd give this product a 4/5 despite its disadvantages!
Ahh, the great British Summertime. It's over all to quickly now, so time for people to return that piece of garden culinary equipment to storage for another year after several uses, where only half your guests did not show up and ending up with a smoky house and much uneaten food. That said, I do like to host a Barbecue, (It's a 'man-thing') and enjoy half burnt food experience it has to offer. The current burger-griller sitting in the garden is not the best by any stretch of the imagination, and sometimes takes forever to get hot, so I decided to have a backup plan and bought some disposable barbeque's from Morrison's. Here are my thoughts on this cheap and easy barbecue alternative.
--Lump? Briquettes? Gas? Or.....Foil Tray???--
Traditional barbecue's come in all shapes, types and sizes nowadays. Trolley, compact, butane, kettle, firepit...etc etc. All have one thing in common, setting up and cleaning out. Personally, I have always opted for a charcoal barbecue over the gas type, I dislike the after-taste the butane gas flame gives the food and also, having a cylinder of explosive in the garden is not my idea of fun. I have had various charcoal types in the past, and currently have a full sized kettle version. This I find hard to work with. despite using many different types of charcoal and briquettes, it takes ages to get to cooking temperature and doesn't stay hot for long. Slow cooking chicken, veg or sausages is generally what I use it for now, so to cook burgers, steaks and kebabs I use a disposable. This effectively removes the formalities of setting up and cleaning and I find they are just a handy thing to have if you encounter problems with you primary barbecue. Explaining oven-cooked food to guests expecting a BBQ is always an embarrassing moment.
Most of the time I have stuck with Tesco's disposable barbecue's, but after seeing the price difference at Morrison's, thought I would try these instead. With a disposable barbecue, you typically have a foot long metal foil tray containing small lumpwood charcoal, a lighting paper sheet and a thin grill on the top. This was exactly the case with this one. The only difference with some other disposables is that there is no metal supports included so you can raise the hot underside from any given surface. As long as a suitable heat resistant plate is placed underneath, it shouldn't be a big problem to place it on a wooden surface. This is not always the case however, as I will explain later on.
--Price and Packaging--
The barbecue comes packaged in a cellophane wrapping, with a green in design paper insert with all the relevant particulars on. The clear typeface is in red and the directions for use and saftey notes are all stated and are clear to read in a green font on a white background, albeit with a few typo's (Tut Tut Morrison's!). The size of the tray is 12" by 9" 5' approximately, the cooking grill slightly smaller, and is made of good quality tin foil which is quite thick and doesn't break or split under the heat or stresses of movement. The grill is made of thin coated steel and supports the food very well. Removing the cellophane, positioning and lighting is simple and you will be ready to cook within 20 to 25 minutes. The paper and metals used are fully recyclable, and the used charcoal can be added to your compost heap. The plastic film however is not and has to be thrown away correctly, this is stated on the lable, as is a FSC logo, showing that the charcoal comes from well managed forests.
The main draw for me to buy this barbecue was the price. At £2.25 for a single disposable, it beats Tesco as their's cost over £2.50 each. Also, Morrison's had a 2 for £4 deal at the time, saving a further 50p. Tesco currently have an offer similar, for 2 for £5, so this is a better deal.
--Usage and Burning Time--
When you have suitably placed the barbecue, it is lighted with a flammable lighting sheet under the grill, which has to be lit with a match. A lighter will not fit into the grill holes. Once you have done this, the fire starts burning quickly and the flames can get a little tall depending on the wind conditions. After around 25 minites waiting for the flames to die down, the heat produced is very hot and cooking burgers and kebabs takes little time indeed, around 10 to 15 minutes. During this process I noticed a few things. The charcoal can sometimes not be evenly spread over the inside of the tray, and is difficult to move around before lighting, this makes some areas hotter than others and can create an uneven cook to the food. The charcoal however does get hot, very hot, and because of the proximity of the grill you can get a little ash on your meat delights from time to time. A usual aspect of barbecue cooking I suppose.
The food does cook well, evenly and fast, and even with the occasional grease-fuelled flame licking up, things progressed easily and without problems. It took the first barbecue I lighted around 40 minutes to become to cold to cook things correctly, which I thought was quite good, as most of the food had been done. A few items were left over so I lighted the other one I had. Again, exactly the same as the first, but unfortunately this burned out in a mere 20 minutes! It seemed to have the same amount of charcoal contained, but didn't last as long. Maybe this was to do with the quality of the charcoal, which I would gather can vary from item to item. This is really the only problem I found, apart from a surprising after effect.
I used a heat proofed baking tray to support the underside of each barbecue, because this can get extremely hot. Upon washing this said tray, the heat from the barbecue had managed to make the coating start to peel away, rendering my baking tray useless for further use. Maybe a mistake on my part, but I didn't expect it to do that.
As a cheap, quick and easy disposable barbecue goes, this is a pretty good one. It lights quickly, gets hot quickly, and cooks food nicely even though it may deposit some carbon dusts onto your burger or steak, but all in all is a reasonable quality item from which you would expect nothing less of. To be fair, most of these types of barbecue perform much the same from what ever outlet or supplier you buy from, but this Morrison's one is a fine version considering the good price. If it had some support legs included and maybe a more consistent quality charcoal, it would be a perfect solution to an emergency BBQ, but it did the job, everyone was happy with the food and no illnesses were reported the day after. That's good with me and that's all I wish from this type of product.
Light it, cook it, eat it...job done!
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