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Summertime and BBQ season which in our household is the best type of cuisine whether large family parties or small gatherings we just love the whole ethos of camping.
On a recent trip on my In-laws Narrow boat we packed a couple of these Wilko Disposable BBQ and found them easy to use.
What are they?
A disposable BBQ that is all ready to go essentially looks like a large rectangle roasting tin with a metal grid on top
Cost and stockist Disposable BBQs are available from all major supermarkets, diy stores and garages however the ones we bought were from Wilkinson's as they were only £2.50 each or two for £4.00 a bargain.
If like us you love BBQs then these are brilliant for allowing you to have a BBQ on the move whilst apart from matches everything is here that you need and all sealed up so no mess we do tend to add a little paper to speed things up but have found that these work very well indeed even with a bit of breeze and for a simple BBQ for the four of us one is plenty big enough allowing four Burgers with plenty of space.
The BBQ takes twenty minutes to be ready to cook so we allow 30 minutes to light it and be ready to go we tend to BBQ our starter then add burgers and finally marshmallows with the residue heat .
I thoroughly recommend the disposable BBQ for our family this is an important part of our Holiday kit and some our must fun days out have ended with a BBQ well worth the money.
WHAT IS IT?
A disposable BBQ from Wilkinsons. The front of the packaging has changed since Dooyoo uploaded their photograph and now is a more simple grass design with the usual Wilkinsons logo in red.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You can either light the paper sheet that has been previously soaked in accelerent and wait for the charcoal to catch or place some small wadded up pieces of paper in among the charcoal for the BBQ to be ready quicker. The BBQ is supposed to be ready in 20 minutes but this is timed only from when the charcoal has first begun to smoulder so will take longer when timed from scratch.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
This disposable BBQ cost £3 and it is worth buying for that price if only to save me having to use our large BBQ if I'm only cooking a small amount of food. The BBQ is large enough to hold 6 small burgers or a mixture of chicken breasts and sausages, the gaps I fill with large pieces of onion to utilise the space. The mesh grill has small enough holes that things won't drop through onto the charcoal, it's a sturdy mesh so won't puncture or develop holes as you're turning the food and doesn't char to spoil the flavours.
There isn't a lot of charcoal in the BBQ so it doesn't stay hot for as long as others, I haven't timed it but usually am able to cook two separate batches of food before it goes cold enough to be useless. I don't like cooking sausages on it as the heat never reaches the centre of them properly and I am always wary of uncooked sausage. The Birds Eye burgers I use cook quickly using any method so I am always confident that it had the heat to cook those properly, chicken breasts will cook thoroughly as long as you flatten them to a uniform thickness or preferably butterfly them before cooking.
When you've finished with your BBQ you can dispose of it with your regular household rubbish. You need to allow a hour or two for it to cool completely and I always run the hosepipe over it to ensure there isn't a rogue coal that has remained hot. During this cooling period you must make sure children and pets are kept away from it as parts can remain hot for longer than you think.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I sometimes take my wife and kids out for a picnic and it usually ends up as a BBQ so i take two of these along with me. Only two, because you can fit two burgers, two sausages and a few onions on these, and they cook up nicely.
Its hard to get it going at first, they do provide you with some charcoal but i just stuff it full of old newspaper then light that to get it going. Its also hard to get into, it has a plastic wrapping and then a small seal at the bottom which tears open.
Not very green packaging, mostly plastic, apart from the cover which is cardboard. The tray is made from aluminium and it gets very hot so don't touch it.
When I first started using this I was sceptical about how well it would work and weather it would cook fast enough, but it is perfect.
In about 25 minutes you can have some really nice burgers and sausages. There is room to add more fuel if you need to. It isn't very deep, just one layer of thin charcoal and that's it so only paper will do.
You can reuse this if you need to because the grille detaches and the aluminium foil tray can be emptied, but it is a huge mess. You will get charcoal everywhere, and I think that is the only downside to this, cleaning and disposing of it can be a dirty and not pleasant job.
Its a good alternative to using a proper BBQ and its portable so it is more practical, but i would recommend using rubber gloves to clean it out or the ash and black stuff will get everywhere.
Instant Barbecues are widely available at the moment, however they vary in price from store to store, i.e Tesco sell there's at 2 for £5, but Wilko's sell theres for just 2 for £3, and it is the exact same barbecue as Tesco just with a different cover on them.
We bought a couple of these for our camping trip at the weekend just in case we wanted a barbecue and I was surprised to say the least of how good they actually were.
When you open these they have a mesh rack over the top of them with a piece of paper covered in a flamable source and then coals in the bottom of the metal tray, you must ensure all packaging is removed before using the actual berbecue.
When you set the paper alight, it doesn't take too long to disappear and heat up the babecue, what surprised me was the actual amount of coals that are in there for such a good price. It takes around 20 minutes for the flames to stop and the coals to have turned white and for it to be ready to use.
Its quite amazing actually how much you can cook on one of these at any one time, we managed to fit on two quarter pound burgers, four sausages and three kebabs on there still leaving a little room to be able to turn thorughout cooking.
When the coals are as hot as they can be it doesn't take long at all to cook, a amximum of 15 minutes to cook all items on there and when you put a next load on, these cook even quicker as it is gradually getting hotter and hotter. YOu could cook on one of these for at least an hour or so easy, and then it is good to use to keep you warm if it starts to go cold.
I was also surprised by the taste of the food after, it can only be described as berbecued however was extremely tasty, as some disposable barbecue's are no good, and the food after it is cooked is not very nice or inedible.
I would definitely recommend these from Wilko's, sometimes it works out cheaper than actually investing in a proper barbecue and coals every year, but I think having a decent barbecue is a status thing especially when entertaining.... its a man thing, who has the best BBQ and I don't think the disposable one would go down from a visible point of view, however from a cooking aspect it could give an expensive one a run for its money.
Lights with a single match; ideal for all barbecue requirements. The complete barbecue in one pack; ready to cook in 20mins. Ideal for the garden and picnics. Clean and easy to use.