Barbecue time at the T3 Awards and our top choice is Napoleon Pro 22

The best barbecue, sponsored by AEG, is smokin' hot. Best get those chicken thighs on

T3 Awards 2019: best barbecue: Napoleon Pro

Thanks to the miracle of global warming, more and more people in the UK are getting the chance to use their barbecue grill more often. We've spent the last few years building up a massive list of the top grills and right now the one that stands out is the Napoleon Pro – or, to give it its full and slightly mysterious name, Pro 22 K Leg. It's just won the 2019 T3 Award for barbecues, sponsored by AEG – a brand that itself knows a few things about great cooking. 

You have to go some to beat Kings of the Kettle Weber in a barbecue showdown but that's what Napoleon has managed to do with the Pro 22. Superbly designed and engineered in Canada, this charcoal kettle grill is a real connoisseur's choice. 

The '22' part of the name refers to the hefty, 22-inch cast iron grill. Crucially, this can be placed at three different heights, meaning that as your coals head towards the end of their useful life, you can just move the grill closer to them. This is also very handy if you're looking to sear meat at super-high temperature. Adding to the grilling cleverness, the grates are also hinged, so you can add more charcoal without having to dismantle the entire thing.

The Pro 22 also has a brilliantly accurate thermometer mounted in the porcelain-enamelled steel lid. This uses offset hinges, making it easy to lift, and there are also four sturdy legs.

All told, this Napoleon grill is a joy to use and a beauty to behold. Get hold of one – which can be easier said than done as stocks are often limited and sought-after – and it's guaranteed to brighten your summer. 

Duncan Bell
Duncan Bell

Duncan has been writing about tech for almost 15 years and fitness ever since he became middle aged and realised he could no longer rely solely on his boyish good looks. He used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."
Pre-lockdown Duncan was widely regarded as the best-dressed man ever to work for T3 – admittedly not saying much. Post-lockdown he is looking forward to wearing clothes other than shorts and hoodies again very soon, assuming he can still fit into them. He currently writes about cycling, fitness tech that isn’t too heavy, and all things kitchen and home related.