Very Cook Plancha-Grill
New from France this twin burner gas barbecue uses a gas-powered flat plate grill that heats to up to 350°C and is perfect for recreating the delights of the post-match burger van at home. Double sausage baps aside it’s a serious bit of culinary kit available in 10 cool colours.
Big Green Egg
The barbecue of choice in Michelin starred restaurants – just ask Claude Bosi or Daniel Clifford - this ceramic charcoal bbq design heats quickly, stays hot for hours – one load of charcoal can cook all night - and allows for exceptional temperature control whether grilling or smoking. Available in a range of sizes from mini table top (£399) to XL (£1,250).
Fornetto Pizza Oven
Take your alfresco cooking to a whole other level with a wood fired oven. The Fornetto can cook pretty much anything your indoor oven can but thanks to the removable woodchip smoker box you can infuse meals – whether you’re doing pulled pork, pizza or frozen Chicken Kiev – with authentic smoky flavour.
Napoleon Travel Q TQ285X
Portable gas barbecues tend to be little more than camping stoves with A-levels, but this impressive design packs in dual burners for direct and indirect cooking, cast iron griddle, thermometer, optional smoker and enough space for 20 burgers and a super tech folding trolley cart.
Morso Mini Forno Outdoor Oven
So handsome we’d gather around it and coo admiringly before it is even lit, the cast iron and teak Mini Forno has a unique grill surface that absorbs the fat and flavourings so meat is grilled in its own juices.
Undeniably sensible design with three separate charcoal grills so you can light one or all depending on the number of mates who bothered to show up. Also great for keeping meat and veggie options separate and providing all the cooking space you need without dominating the patio.
Landmann Grand Tennessee Smoker
Steam engine-resembling BBQ-cumsmoker lets you create classics from pulled pork to slow-and-low-cooked brisket. Slurp.
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Grand Hall X Series 2
Built in conjunction with Porsche Design Studio, this costs more than some kitchens. It uses Crossray infrared burner tech, which is 40 per cent more efficient than gas, ensures even heat distribution, locks moisture into food and nom nom nom nom nom, frankly. You also get a built-in rotisserie, electronic instruments and gauges and a counterbalanced hood for some seriously satisfying lid action.
Bodum Fyrkat Mini
A somewhat cheaper portable barbie, and one that runs on manly charcoal rather than metrosexual gas, this is available in black, red and lime green. It’s just 30cm in diameter – “small enough to fit on a bike but large enough for two steaks,” it says here.
Another BBQ innovation that’ll keep the neighbours glowering enviously at you is a fire pit. Either dig and line one yourself or, if you don’t fancy manual labour, you can buy a metal one. Now, we will grant you that these have a slightly Roman Empire/Third Reich look, but they’re great for social cooking and also double as a heat source as the sun goes down, or it suddenly starts snowing.
City Boy picnic grill
Achingly chic Scandiwegian design by Klaus Aalto makes this gas canister-powered portable in powdered steel the true aesthete’s choice. Standing 22cm high, it has a small but perfectly formed grill area of just 18x18cm.
Nothing particularly awesome design-wise here, but this four burner gas number is a hell of a lot of barbie for 300 quid, and the red colour is very fetching…
For great bark – the awesome, caramelised crust on the outside of barbecued meat – melting inner tenderness and ultimate taste, a smoker can’t be beat. This porcelain coated artillery shell of a thing has a meat/ fish hanger, and easily topped up water and fuel pans. Also doubles as a standard kettle barbecue.
Suck UK Fire Bucket
If you want to keep things really simple, Take this enamelled bucket, add charcoal and light and the result is exquisitely minimalist barbecue chic.