Having a barbecue or a small kitchen outside is a great way to spend more time outside and throw better parties. Doesn’t matter if you just add a little barbeque somewhere or build a full-scale kitchen with grills, countertops, sinks, bars and storage cabinets. Being able to grill fresh food right outside is one of the best things you can do in your back yard.
While a kitchen is great for dining outside, a barbecue with lots of space around it is the big hit on a party. There’s just something special about sitting outside on a warm summer night, grilling and laughing with friends and/or family. But such a night is quickly ruined when your bbq stops working and there’s no more food. So invest a little in a good barbecue that fits your needs – it’s more than worh it!
Charcoal BBQ vs Gas BBQ
There’s nothing better than meat smoked over a real charcoal barbecue, right? But actually, in a blind test, you can’t taste the difference to a gas bbq.
The ritual of preparing a charcoal bbq may be an important part for you, and the feeling is certainly different. But the taste is the same with gas-powered barbecues.
These are usually cheaper and more portable, which is great if you don’t need them often. For smaller parties, a great choice. However, you need to prepare them for about 30-45 minutes to ensure the temperature is right. This would be the classic charcoal bbq.
These tend to be more expensive, but have two big advantages: you can start cooking right away, and you can even adjust the heat. Bigger models may offer additional features, like side burners, warming racks and griddles that let you cook food that would fall through a traditional grill. Here‘s a very similar gas bbq.
What grill should you get?
There’s four popular material choices for the grill:
Chrome-plated grills are the most popular choice for affordable, smaller barbecues
Stainless steel grills are generally used for mid-range barbecues
Cast iron grills are mostly used for big bbqs, because cast iron stores heat better
Porcelain coated grills are the most expensive, but they transfer heat better than other options
Depending on your budget and how often you will need it, a simple chrome-plated or stainless stell grill will probably be enough.
There’s nothing worse than having a bbq too small. There’s not enough food for everyone, but the smell of bbq makes everyone even more hungry. Getting a barbeque one size bigger is better than having one that’s too small.
Here’s the approximate size you should get at least: