Barbecues: How to buy the best barbecue

Barbecues: How to buy the best barbecue

Choose the perfect barbecue

Barbecues come in all shapes and sizes, from portable table-top grills to six-burner gas-powered outdoor kitchens.

They also vary in price - the cheapest barbecues cost less than $60.00 while the priciest can set you back thousands. Here are some popular models costing $60.00 - $500.00.

What size of BBQ should you buy?

If you’re catering for a family (up to six people) a two-burner gas or medium-sized charcoal barbecue should fit the bill.

Char-Broil Classic C-343 Propane Gas Grill, Black and Stainless Steel

Price:     CDN$ 199.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping

Product Features
39000 btu gas grill with 10000 btu flush-lidded side burner
420-square inch of primary cooking space on porcelain-coated wire grates and 120-square inch of secondary cooking on a porcelain coated swing-away
Large painted side shelves offer ample workspace

But for larger gatherings and parties you might want to consider a three- or four-burner gas model - the grills are bigger so you can cook more food in one go.

Char-Broil N480 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill, With Side Burner

 Price:     CDN$ 395.74

Product Features
Four primary burners, rated up to 48,000 BTUs
Char-Broil N480 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill, With Side Burner The Char-Broil N480 four-burner grill features an enclosed, appliance style, two-door, cart design. The grill is powered by four stainless steel tube burners running front to back and pushing 48,000 BTUs to heat a comfortably large 480 square inches of primary cooking area that is complimented by an additional 208 square inches of secondary cooking space. The side shelf reveals a 13,000 BTU flush mounted side burner and all of the burners are fired by an easy push of the button with electronic ignition. The stainless steel look is accomplished through a blend of stainless steel and painted steel and the cart itself has casters that can lock the grill into place. This heavy duty grill has the look and value to really make grilling fun.

Should you buy a portable or table-top BBQ?

Portable gas barbecues offer more flexibility than freestanding models - they work with smaller disposable gas canisters so you can easily take them camping or caravanning.

Char-Broil Tabletop Grill

Price:     CDN$ 56.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping

The Char-Broil tabletop gas grill is for on-the-go, anywhere grilling. When you don't have a lot of space or time, but want to grill, the gas tabletop grill is ideal. The quality steel construction helps prevent rust which extends the life of the grill. The legs fold over the unit to secure the top for easy storage. The grill has 187 square inch of cooking area and has easy to clean porcelain-coated wire grates.

Product Features
12,000 btu's, 187 square-Inch cooking area
Replacement propane, 16.4 ounces
Filtered regulator
Folding legs for easy handling

Gas barbecues give instant heat and cook quickly, so they’re ideal if you want to grill outdoors but don’t have much time – on weekday evenings or chilly days, for example.

By contrast, charcoal barbecues can take a long time to get hot enough to cook on, so they’re not ideal for quick, impromptu meals.

Instead, they are best suited to weekend parties and get-togethers with family and friends when you have the time to enjoy the cooking experience.

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