Buying a new BBQ can be a daunting experience. There are multiple types, from multiple manufacturers that can make it a little mind-boggling.
As with anything a bit of research is key. However, before you start your research I would highly recommend reading this article by Barbechoo which asks 3 key questions that will help with your research:
I have always loved doing a BBQ and for a few years just bought cheap charcoal BBQ’s every year. We were renovating a house and I didn’t want to spend too much, although a new ‘cheap’ BBQ arrived each year for 5 years! In hindsight a longer term purchase would have been much wiser.
Once the house and garden were completed I purchased an Outback Combi BBQ. It was my first ‘serious’ BBQ for quite a few years. You can read my review and you will see I may have gone down a different route knowing what I know now.
Let’s Talk Weber
Weber are such a well known BBQ brand. I have never owned a Weber until 2016 and what a mistake that has been. Already I am giving the game away about where this review is going but please keep reading to find out why.
As with most things these days there is some self-assembly. The great thing with the Weber is the instructions are really clear and it is really easy to put together. The build quality is fantastic, which obviously helps when assembling and it gives you the confidence that you are building something that will last for a few years.
What I love most about this particular BBQ is the versatility. The 57cm size makes it very easy to set-up for direct or indirect cooks. However, the key feature of this BBQ is that the centre of the grill can be removed and replaced with different accessories to help with your cooking. The main grill also has hinged edges so if you are cooking using an indirect method you can very easily ‘top-up’ your coals.
I own a few different accessories and I am sure I will be expanding my collection. There is a searing grill which is great for steaks – very heavy duty and helps cook a great steak. The Weber wok is superb (easy clean) and is great for doing curries, chilli-con-carne and risotto. There are other attachments such as a waffle maker and pizza stone, but I am not sure how regularly I would use these.
I have recently been bought the rotisserie for this BBQ and that adds lots of new cooking opportunities. I have only done a couple of cooks so far. One was a Chicken Doner Kebab and the other a full chicken but both have been great. Really easy to use and produces great tasting food.
The BBQ is also very easy to clean. I tend to use briquettes which turns to fine ash. There is a handle that helps ‘persuade’ the ash into a collection pan that is really easy to remove.
The hood of the BBQ has a single air vent and temperature gauge. The temperature gauge is key if you are cooking large cuts of meat on the BBQ. I have not checked it for accuracy but my cooks all seem to come out pretty well. I use a hand-held thermometer to check the internal temp of the meat but the gauge on the top lets me know how the overall heat in the BBQ is.
Should I Buy? I Think So!
I spent around £40 a year on a cheap BBQ. Over 5 years we are talking £200. For that I could have purchased one of these (and more – I found mine for £169) and it would have been so worth it. That does not include the cook quality this BBQ helps you achieve.
I love cooking outside all year round so this purchase has been a no brainer. However, even if you are not a hardcore BBQ’er and want to cook over a natural flame I could not recommend this BBQ enough. If you never want to do anything but sausages, burgers and chicken (my aim is to expand your repertoire) this will be a great purchase.
I think the GBS provides a level of future proofing where the different accessories Weber offer really will help you expand your BBQ skills if you start getting the bug for outdoor cooking.
Used correctly it is an outdoor oven but more versatile. It will last you years with a bit of basic care and maintenance. If you want a ‘natural’ BBQ I cannot recommend this high enough. I am now a Weber fan – late but not too late!!!
Buy! Buy! Buy! But before you buy shop around as there are quite often great deals!
Feel free to send me an email with any questions.