Reviewing barbecues in the £100-£200 range

Barbecues: £100 – £200

Now we’re starting to get into the bigger budgets, the range of barbecues continues to expand. In this category you’re likely to find some big-brand names with their flagship models and even combination grills with several burners and optional smoking facilities. If you’re looking for a BBQ that will stand the test of time, this is definitely one of the best price ranges to find the one to suit your requirements.

Outback Excel 300 Gas BBQ 

The Excel 300 is extremely popular, especially in the UK. As can be seen from the reviews on this model, it’s certainly a people pleaser and this is down to the user-friendly design. Having a main and side burner gives the cook an option of grilling priority food on the main grill and cooking up extras (beans, onions & veg) in a pan on the side. On the opposite side is a foldable table for prepping or plating up food and underneath yet another storage area can be found. Whilst the picture doesn’t do it much justice, everyone reports that the Excel 300 looks the part in the flesh and that’s why it’s up there with the best £100+ BBQ’s.

Landmann Tennessee Smoker –

This is without doubt one of Landmann’s most popular barbecue smokers as it provides the user the option of direct or indirect cooking. These two areas are completely separate to each other so it’s possible to cook a juicy steak on the main grill whilst smoking some fish (insert your food of choice here) in the other chamber. Due to the design you can avoid fat burning and better yet, you can be assured of perfectly cooked food due to a temperature gauge built into the lid. This is one of our favourite buys and we’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone – just pay attention to the dimensions, it’s usually bigger than people expect!

La Hacienda Cordoba BBQ / Firepit –

As mentioned already, outdoor heating is La Hacienda’s speciality so you know anything they produce is going to be both beautiful and useful… The Cordoba certainly doesn’t disappoint on either of these points. With 2 swing-out grilling platforms, you can easily cook foods at different intensities thanks to varied heights (this also provides better timing coordination). However, if you don’t feel like food and you just want to relax outdoors, the Cordoba also doubles as an elegant firepit which throws out a good amount of heat. If your focus is more on barbecuing as opposed to aesthetics and heat, then this might not be the best option…

CADAC 2-Burner Entré Deluxe 

Although this is at the high end of the price bracket, when buying a CADAC product you are assured of high-end build quality and reliability. If the brand name doesn’t sell you on this alone, then perhaps the stainless steel 2-burner main grill with automatic ignition will? A huge and we mean huge cooking area is one of the biggest features of this model, sizing up at 50x48cm – you can’t even begin to imagine how many slabs of steak you could fit on there (my mouth’s watering just thinking about it). 2 fold down side tables accompany a fold down hood with built-in thermometer and a cabinet which can be used for storing a whole host of items. Fitted with 2 main wheels and 2 castors, the CADAC Entré can be moved around with ease, so even if you’re a bit on the weak side, pushing it around the patio won’t be a problem at all. If you’re willing to go to the high-end of this price range, this should definitely be in with a shout!

SPINARRI AutoSkewers: Making Your Barbecue ‘Hands-Free’

Every so often I come across a great idea that makes me immediately wonder why it hasn’t been done before. It also makes me kick myself because I’d never thought of it, especially as some of them go on to make millions. The SPINARRI AutoSkewers could well be one of those successes, and while it’s such a simple idea it could well change the way you barbecue.

The makers of this genius invention have begun raising money to fund full manufacture of the product; doing so through everyone’s favourite crowd funding website, Kickstarter. They’re looking for £8,800 to put their dream into action, and with £2,756 raised with 21 days to go it looks like they’re well on their way to reaching their goal. You only need £1 to put down a minimum pledge, but first let’s take a look at the reasons why you should think about doing so.

SPINARRI AutoSkewers: Making Your Barbecue ‘Hands-Free’

SPINARRI Autoskewers are a range of self-rotating skewers that can be placed on your existing gas BBQ grill. It was born from seeing a cooking method on a ‘beautiful Mediterranean island’ where food could be cooked using a unique hands-free method. Kebabs, sovlaki and more could all be prepared by using multiple skewers over charcoal, and using a motor to rotate them for the spinning action required to cook them thoroughly. By applying this to a modern gas cooking setting the company hopes this will mean less time slaving over a grill and more time spent entertaining with friends and family.

BBQ PROTOTYPES

Although they’ve gone through many prototypes in order to realise the dream, the latest version – patent pending – looks the business. Each SPINARRI will be laser cut and hand crafted, with seven pounds of premium grade 304 stainless steel making up the structure and skewers, plus hand finished wooden handles to finish off the skewers. Of course, apperances don’t matter if it doesn’t do the job, but we’re being assured that it ‘produces succulent results’ and the turning action of the skewers allows the food to baste in its own juices. It’s also been tested in winter, so that’s winter barbecuing firmly on the list!

By contributing to the Kickstarter campaign you’ll be helping them to locally outsource a few of the hand-made parts, while also reducing costs by allowing them to purchase stainless steel in large quantities. As with any Kickstarter campaign there are a number of rewards given based on the amount of pledge. So, while pledging £1-£19 will get you a “thanks’, pledging £169 or more will get you a SPINARRI with 2 skewers.

The SPINARRI is intended to be shipped worldwide too, not just the USA and Canada, so we in the UK can get the full benefits of trying one out. However, you will have to pay additional charges for international shipping.

We think it sounds like a great idea, so we’re happy to support it here on the BBQ Barbecues blog. If you want to know more details about the product – including specifications and construction details – just click here to get to the projects Kickstarter page. You can also follow them on Facebook.

The International Barbecue

For many, there is nothing better than a good old fashion British barbecue. A weekend barbecue when the sun is playing ball is as authentically British as cricket or Wimbledon. Or is it? The Brits aren’t the only barbecue lovers; in fact barbecuing foods has been a part of many cultures across the globe for many years.

The International Barbecue

We know the Australians throw a good barbecue of course and the Americans too, but it is not often that we associate Chinese or Indian foods for example. Exploring the way in which other cultures enjoy the modern barbecue is another way to enjoy the versatile and age old form of preparing a meal and hosting a social occasion.

There are many recipes available which heavily feature Chinese and Indian recipes for example and these are just two which will have your taste buds tingling and have you eager to try new barbecue recipes from around the world.

Chinese Spare Ribs

Serves 3-4 people

Ingredients required

  • 1kg Pork spare ribs
  • 4 table spoons of soy sauce (light)
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce (dark)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of tomato sauce (ketchup)
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 50g hoisin sauce
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 level teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 35g honey dissolved into 70ml just boiled water
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Method:

This is a very easy dish to make.

  • Place the pork spare ribs into a dish.
  • Combine the dark and light soy sauces, balsamic vinegar, garlic, sugar, ketchup and hoisin sauce in a bowl and mix well.
  • Marinate the spareribs overnight in a refrigerator with the mixture; allowing the pork to take on the flavours. Ensure the pork is completely covered. This may require you to turn the spare ribs.
  • Cook the spare rib over a medium heat, turning occasionally. Every time the meat is turned, baste it with honey and water mixture. Barbecue until properly cooked through.The result is a delicious and flavoursome Chinese spare rib that works beautifully at any barbecue. You can use the same marinade on different meats such as chicken thighs and fillets.

Indian Barbecue Tandoori Chicken

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon crushed chillies (red or green)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (tandoori)
  • ½  teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika makes a nice alternative)
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • 4 skinned and boneless chicken pieces (preferably fillets)

Method:

This is a quick and easy tasty tandoori barbecue recipe

  • Combine the cinnamon, paprika, chillies, salt, turmeric and curry powder with water in a small bowl to make a smooth tandoori paste.
  • Use this paste to rub all over the chicken breast, ensuring that they are completely covered.
  • Leave to marinate for half an hour.
  • Brush the breasts with oil before cooking on a high barbecue heat, turning occasionally and ensuring that the chicken is cooked through.

The result is a fantastic tandoori chicken recipe that works well with salad, rice, pasta or can just be enjoyed by itself.

There is a wealth of recipes available which combine the many flavours of the world with the magic of barbecue cooking. Explore them and show off your new barbecue foods to friends and family.