One of the best ways to spend time with your family is spending weekends or evenings in the yard over a BBQ session. When it comes to BBQ, it is mostly the men of the house who take charge. When buying BBQ equipment too men take the lead but it is common knowledge that when it comes to buying things, men usually pick the first thing they set their eyes on. They don’t try to get the best deals or search for better options as shopping isn’t exactly their forte. This is a small guide that will help men shop for BBQ kit and equipment and ensure they pick the best equipment. Here is a list of important things to consider when buying a BBQ.
Size of the BBQ
The size of the grill is of extreme importance and it totally depends on the number of people you usually cater to. If you cater to around 6 people then a 2 burner gas is perfect. If you plan to buy a charcoal fueled grill then a medium size grill will be ideal. If you cater to a small gathering then a medium size grill will not be sufficient so it is best to invest in a 3 to 4 burner gas model. In terms of a charcoal based grill, a half barrel BBQ set is perfect but not an economically viable option as it consumes a lot of charcoal. A bigger grill allows you to cook large amounts of food on the BBQ, so it is economical too.
When you cook large quantities of food on a BBQ, it usually takes time to finish it. In the meanwhile, there are chances of the food getting cold. For times like these, it makes sense to buy a warming rack or a BBQ grill that comes with an inbuilt warming rack so you can serve hot/warm food at all times.
The location of the grill
Ensure that you keep your grill on a hard surface so it gets the right balance and will not topple. Ideally the patio is a perfect place to set up your grill, however, if you are unable to use the patio and need to keep it on the lawn then it is best to buy a sturdy model that will hold the ground.
The ideal BBQ
If you intend to use your BBQ on the go, then it is best to invest in a portable BBQ. For families who hold backyard BBQ, you can invest in a freestanding model. If you take a broader look, a portable BBQ offers you more flexibility so is an ideal investment.
How many times you use your BBQ kit
This is a decision best left to the family members; there are some who prefer summer time while there are others who don’t mind a BBQ session at anytime of the year. For those who like to BBQ often, a gas burner BBQ is ideal as it provides quick heat and is easier to operate. Charcoal grills are ideal for families who BBQ once in a while, they may not be fuel efficient but are perfect for times when you want to relax and enjoy a slow BBQ.
Types of foods you will cook on your BBQ
There are many models that can support different cooking techniques like saute, fry, boil, roast and bake along with normal grilling. Here are some BBQ kits that support different cooking techniques.
Roast – Some BBQ kits are equipped for roasting. You would need to buy a model with a tight fitting hood.
Hot Plate – A hot plate allows you to sear meats, fry steaks and vegetables and you can allow use it to fry eggs.
Side Burner – A few BBQ kits have a side burner in place of a storage shelf. This feature allows you to steam veggies, fish and heat sauces.
Storage and Transportation of your BBQ
Some BBQ kits are easy to assemble and dismantle so can be transported around as per your need. Usually freestanding BBQ kits or charcoal kits are easier to move around as most of the times they have wheels that make transportation easy. Large gas burner BBQ kits are usually heavy and not easy to move around and need to be fixed in one place. Ideally a charcoal grill is an ideal option if you don’t want a fixed BBQ kit in one place.
When you decide to buy a new BBQ kit for yourself, keep the above pointers in mind. It will ensure that you invest in a BBQ kit that is ideal for your BBQ requirement.
Caron Christoffer is a online manager for BBQTek and likes to blog on various food and catering related topics.He likes to share various tips on BBQ grilling tools