For me, BBQ season rhymes with good weather, sun, heat and good food. In other words, we say bye to the slow cooker for a little while! Since the season has finally started, I decided to show you some tips to shop around for your BBQ!
First things first, these three points are very important while shopping for a new BBQ:
- Your budget
- The number of people that it must feed
- The space you have
Once you have answered these questions, you can have a better idea of your needs.
Then, several other features come into question.
Here are some points you need to keep in mind.
- Your BBQ must have different spaces for different heat zones. This means it can have a warmer side and another one with a higher temperature, for example.
- You need to choose the type of BBQ that you want : propane, natural gas or coal. Propane is available in refillable bottles. In terms of natural gas, you must be connected to the network, so it is important to check if it’s available in your area : other ways. you will have to pay for that. Therefore, some only swear by charcoal for the unique flavor it gives to food.
- Test the strength of the BBQ : the more noise it makes, the less solid it is.
- The ideal number of BTU is between 65 000 and 100 000. A lid that opens and covers the back can avoid a great loss of heat. More BTU’s, the higher the consumption of gas or propane will be. A BTU (British Thermal Unit) is a unit of power that defines the thermal power.
- Having a tank and a stainless steel cover is the best option. It keeps the heat in the barbecue. In fact, all stainless steel material are ideal. The burners are particularly monitored.
- You will want to purchase a BBQ that you can clean easily. Some of them have removable trays wich simplifies the cleaning!
- The price is not always a sign of quality. You should plan to spend between 400 and 500$ approximately.
In my next article, I will discuss accessories that can be useful to make delicious meals on the BBQ all summer!