Best BBQ 2021: our top gas and charcoal barbecues for summer

Our top picks of the best BBQ options in summer 2021, with gas, charcoal, hybrid, and even electric barbecues from Weber, Char-Broil and more

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It's the perfect time to invest in the best BBQ for your garden. With summer spells coming and going, buying a barbecue now will make sure you're prepared to get grilling come the next sunny Saturday. 

In our best BBQ guide we've included all kinds of grills. There are large BBQs, portable BBQs, charcoal BBQs and of course, some of the best gas BBQs, so no matter what you're looking for, we're confident that you'll find it here. 

Some of the best BBQ brands include Char-Broil, Weber, Big Green Egg and Everdure, but you will also find budget-friendly options from Outback and CosmoGrill. 

We've tried our best to make sure that every BBQ featured in this guide is in-stock, but if you do struggle to find that perfect grill at the retailers we've listed, you can also try our guide on where to buy barbecues in stock for a successful shopping day, guaranteed.

What type of BBQ is best?

There's no need to cram a garden party-sized portion on a tiny kettle grill. Knowing the best BBQ size for you is one of the most important elements of successful grilling. The burner size can vary depending on the shape of the BBQ, but there's also extra elements such as the number of gas burners and even side burners to consider. Side burners allow you to cook sauces, boil peas, and do whatever else you would usually rely on the stove to do, all while allowing you to keep an eye on the steaks. 

Warming racks will be great for those who don't have the space for cooking everything at once, because they will keep sausages and kebabs warm while you tackle a second batch.

While many opt for gas BBQs because they are easy to ignite and come on wheels for convenient transportation, there's no denying the classic charm of a charcoal BBQ. These will pack your food with classic smokey barbecue flavours and they're also a lot lighter and easier to store as standard. Perfect for patios and barbecues, leasehold permitting. 

In our best BBQs guide we really have covered it all. At the bottom of the guide you can even find the best smokers and best electric BBQs, which is ideal for those with access to electricity in their desired space. Keep reading for our top picks of the best BBQs in 2021. 

Best charcoal BBQ

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1. Weber One Touch E4710

Best budget charcoal BBQ: a classic kettle design, great features and lots of space to cook

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 15.9kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Compact+Durable enamel body+Classic Weber design
Reasons to avoid
-47cm diameter is smaller than some

If it has to be charcoal for authentic taste in your opinion, the Weber One Touch E4710 BBQ will float your boat: it’s a classic kettle barbecue with space to cook for the whole family.

Feed a crowd

A 47cm cooking area means you can get a whole load of different options on to serve everyone up an alfresco plateful. There’s room for whole birds and joints as an alternative so you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Weber's OG charcoal kettle

The kettle charocal BBQ is a classic for a reason, and this is Weber's original tried and tested model. It's coated in durable enamel and lightweight enough for easy storage. It also comes on all-weather wheels. 

BBQ convenience

An attached hinged lid makes checking on the progress of your food a hassle-free experience, while a hinged cooking grate means adding more fuel is easy, too. There’s a built-in lid thermometer as well, and this model’s tool hooks are also a handy feature. 

Best BBQ Racer Green Big Green Egg MiniMax Charcoal BBQ

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2. Big Green Egg MiniMax Charcoal BBQ

Best kamado-style charcoal BBQ: get outdoors with a state-of-the-art name in the BBQ world

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 40kg
Colour: Racing Green
Reasons to buy
+Iconic design +Heats in minutes+Patented air flow tech+Easy to clean
Reasons to avoid
-You pay a premium for something so compact

If you're an adventurer, who still likes the finer things in life, then try the Big Green Egg MiniMax charcoal BBQ out for size. Small, light(ish) and one of the more affordable Big Green Egg barbies out there, it's a bit of a win in our eyes.

Compact footprint

It may be mini in design, but you can still put on a proper feast. Grill sausages, smoke fish, cook a pizza – you could even cook a turkey –  because yes, this bad boy could actually rival your home oven.

Cooking features

It's the high (green and beautiful) lid that lets you cook larger cuts of meat using indirect heat. It won't get as hot as other metal barbecues – making it safer – but it's insulated and complete with patented airflow features so that you will enjoy good, even cooking.

Durable design

It's not going anywhere, but we wouldn't leave it unattended in a park because the – lifetime guaranteed – Racing Green glaze finish and enamel shell is irresistible to most. So while it is costly, it is an investment and you'll get compliments. Oh, and it's easy to clean.

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3. Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ

Best barbecue with serving space: everything you need to put together a feast

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 36kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Designed to entertain+Classic kettle design but with more storage+Cooks for up to 12
Reasons to avoid
-You'll need to put it together yourself

If you love to entertain but want to keep it classic with a kettle barbecue, the Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ is the one for you.

Convenient ignition

The Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ ignites easily, thanks to its gas ignition system. That means you get all the perks of gas, but with that classic charcoal taste.

Storage galore

With this barbecue you'll get a bottom shelf as well as a top option to sit adjacent to the kettle itself. Ready for hungry plates and plenty of condiments!

Make it smokey

You can use the Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal BBQ as a low and slow smoker barbecue thanks to its in-built vents. A versatile option. 

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4. UTTORA Barbecue Grill

Best tabletop charcoal BBQ: for small gardens and big gatherings

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 1.6kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Portable+Compact+Foldable+Can serve 3-5 people+Simple to use
Reasons to avoid
-Basic functions-No lid

Small garden? Looking for a BBQ that can easily be packed away and stored after use? The UTTORA Barbecue Grill is it.


This foldable BBQ is portable and small, weighing just 1.6kg. It has folding legs for easy storing, while it'll need to be used on top of a table. Though compact, its grill is still large enough to cook enough food for three to five people. 


Made from 430 stainless steel, it's not only rust-proof but also heat-resistant and non-deformable. Use this BBQ to cook everything from meats to fish, veggies and more! The best part? The BBQ's grill grids are removable for cleaning. Oh, and it also has handles for carrying.

Simple to use

This basic BBQ is super easy to use and even easier to set up. All you need to do is fold down the legs, add the charcoal mesh, pop in your charcoal, then add the grill grids and you are ready to start barbecuing. With ventilation holes at both ends, you can control the heat with ease – these also ensure your food is evenly cooked, too. 

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5. Kamado Joe Junior BBQ

Best small charcoal BBQ: a real looker for barbecuing in a smaller outdoor space or on days out

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 34kg
Colour: Red
Reasons to buy
+Easy portability+Stylish design+Comes with a stand and handles
Reasons to avoid

The Kamado Joe Junior BBQ looks amazing, and it proves that compact BBQs can still be stylish and high quality.

Compact dimensions

Just 50.2 x 52.7 x 68.6 cm, this is a BBQ you can take with you for days away from home, but we’d recommend it for those with a little less outdoor space as well. It won’t compromise the style of your patio, and is sure to win admiring glances down at the campsite.


The Kamado Joe Junior BBQ can grill, smoke, roast and sear, so every bite will be packed with flavour. The ceramic build can insulate, meaning you'll retain your cooking heat for as long as you'll need it. 

Cool design

With a cast iron air vent and in-built thermometer, this is a practical BBQ. It's a looker too, though, and its hammered red exterior has that classic kamado style that BBQ enthusiasts love. 

Top gas BBQs

Prefer the precision of gas for your outdoor cooking? Discover our pick of the gas BBQs that’ll give you control of your cooking and no ash to deal with. 

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1. Weber Genesis II E-310

Best gas BBQ: easy barbecuing, flavoursome food, space to conjure up a feast. What more could you ask for

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 57kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Gas precision+Three burners+Electronic ignition
Reasons to avoid
-Assembling takes two-No side burner

Like the idea of barbecuing that’s so easy you won’t miss out on the chat? Check out the Weber Genesis II E-310 BBQ for laid-back outdoor living.

Taste sensation

This is a brilliant buy if you’re looking for great barbecue taste with the ease of cooking on gas. The stainless-steel Flavourise Bars of this model promise the flavour barbecued food should have, but with the adjustability of gas and the simplicity of electronic ignition.

Family pleaser

With three burners and a generous cooking area of 68 x 48cm, you can serve up for a large party with this model and the warming rack means you can get all the timings right. We’re fans of its open storage because it makes accessing what you need quick, and there are side shelves for condiments, and hooks for tools.

Smart option

Smart appliance fans, you could add the Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub to this model for notifications, doneness indicators, food-readiness countdown and more. 

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2. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner

Best gas BBQ for style: a gas model with modern lines, this BBQ looks as sleek as your garden furniture

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 33kg
Colour: Mint or graphite
Reasons to buy
+Looks and functionality+Three gas burners+Hood can be up or down for cooking
Reasons to avoid
-Investment buy-No warming rack

For the precision control of gas, plus fine and rather lovely lines, we reckon the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner is your perfect match. 

Fast heat-up

You can spend more time talking to your guests rather than tending the barbecue on this model, which is ready to cook in just five minutes. It has an aluminium lid that’s part of the reason the BBQ can get up to the high temperatures Heston demanded for a design with his name on it, and it’s rustproof to boot. The three gas burners are independently controlled with slender ergonomic taps that have rotary ignition. 

Flexible cooking

Hood up or down, it’s your call on this model. With the hood down there’s 360° circulation around the food to infuse delicious flavour.

Sleek style

This model stands out from the crowd. It’s not as bulky as other gas barbecues and there’s a choice of appealing colours so you can co-ordinate with planting or furniture. You won’t miss out on a storage shelf, however, so practicality isn’t sacrificed for sleekness.

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3. CosmoGrill Deluxe 4+1

Best classic gas barbecue: cooking and work space, plus storage

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 16.6kg
Colours: Black
Reasons to buy
+Heaps of cooking space+In-built thermometer+Side burner for pan cooking
Reasons to avoid

Four burners + a side burner combine to make a family-sized gas BBQ perfect for large gardens. Cook up juicy burgers on the four main burners, and heat up peas or beans on the side burner. 

Cooking features

Grill for the whole family with the CosmoGrill Deluxe 4+1. It's got stainless steel burners with porcelain enamel, and a 61 x 42cm cooking area. That's room for all the hot dogs, burgers and chicken wings you and your crowd can eat. 

On wheels

Putting the BBQ where you need it and wheeling away to store is no problem. Check you've got the storage space, though. You’ll need to accommodate dimensions of 135 x 54 x 110cm.

Catering room

You won’t be short of places to stack plates for what you’re cooking below the cooking area with this model, plus there’s space to the side for condiments and herbs for your barbecue feast. 

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4. Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ

Best portable gas barbecue: all the cooking power, but on a smaller frame

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 56kg
Colour: Silver (stainless steel)
Reasons to buy
+Weber quality+Arms fold down+Comes on wheels+Warming rack+Stand included
Reasons to avoid
-Not the sturdiest frame

The Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ sells out fast. It's a great gas BBQ for those who want the convenience of a gas BBQ but don't have space for something with four burners.

Nifty storage solutions

The side arms fold down for stowing away safely, but when they're up they're stable enough to support dishes and utensils for cooking convenience. 

Generous cooking area

The cooking area isn't the largest, but it's nothing to scoff at either. You can fit plenty of sausages and kebabs on there, so it's a good option for catering to a crowd. There's also a warming rack, which is perfect for when not all elements of your meal are cooked at once. 


Portability is baked right in with the Weber Q2200 Gas BBQ. Its wheels are large and perfect for taking the lightweight frame on trips or just stowing it away in the garage when not in use. The stand is included but you can lift the BBQ itself right off and take it on the go as a tabletop option. 


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5. Weber Traveler

Best gas BBQ to take on-the-go: easy to use and easy to clean

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 28.1kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Folds down for easy storage+Easy to use+Easy to clean+Ample cooking space+Handy prep surface
Reasons to avoid
-Quite heavy for a portable barbecue

The smart design is what caught our eye with the Weber Traveler. It has a generous 2065cm squared cooking area, but folds down to a pull-along for easy transportation.

Easy to assemble

We found the ten assembly steps so easy that even a child could do it. They shouldn't, but they probably could... It took us 10 minutes in total, and the app includes a clear ten-step guide on assembly and getting started.

Smart design

Beyond the sturdy wheels and grippy handle, this BBQ is useful for more than just travelling. Because it folds flat we could imagine it propped against the wall of our garden shed when not in use. 

It's also got smaller, disposable gas canisters that won't take up much space, either. 

Cooking space

Design aside, we were wowed by the cooking space that Weber has been able to pack into the Traveler. It cooked up corn and an enormous tomahawk steak with plenty of space to spare. We think it could cook for four to six people, easy. 

Gardeningetc rated 4.5 out of 5 stars: read our full Weber Traveler review here

Best BBQ Kuhn Rikon Table Top BBQ

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6. Kuhn Rikon Table Top BBQ

Best small gas BBQ: compact and portable, perfect for tabletop use

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 19kg
Colour: Black & wood
Reasons to buy
+Looks good+Easy to assemble+Arms fold down+Reall affordable
Reasons to avoid
-No stand included-No drip tray

The Kuhn Rikon Table Top BBQ looks the part, plays the part and it's great for all size gardens. Use it on top of a table or on a BBQ trolley.


This compact tabletop barbecue boasts a surprisingly generous burning area of 47 x 35cm. With a built-in hood thermometer to check the temperature, you can adjust this by merely turning the unobtrusive burner controls.


The wooden and metal design looks swanky given how affordable this option is. It features a removable cooking grate that's easy to clean as it's dishwasher-safe, and it has a handle for easy moving. Boasting a round shape, it's designed for use on a table. 

Handy features

The Kuhn Rikon Table Top BBQ has an in-built hood thermometer and side plates for holding places of food and accessories. It's easy to transport thanks to the handles on either side, and its four legs elevate it from the top of your table. 

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7. Char-Broil Professional Black Edition 3500 Gas BBQ

Best gas barbecue for gourmets: opt for a model designed for even heat and juicier results

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 56kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Made for great cooking results+Sleek design+Easy to clean grates
Reasons to avoid
-Not the prettiest BBQ in our guide

The CharBroil Professional Black Edition 3500 Gas BBQ has sturdy good looks and a striking black finish. 

Even heat

Garden chefs, this barbecue’s TRU-Infrared cooking technology promises you even heat distribution and flare-up prevention for the best cooking results, as well as 50% juicier food and 30% less gas use. There’s a lid thermometer, and three gas burners plus a side burner to prep your food on.

Store more

You can stash the essentials for meal preparation behind the barbecue’s enamelled steel doors and use the side shelves to ensure everything you need is at hand.

Colour choice

We like this black exterior, and the red LED illumination of the temperature controllers, but you could go for red to make more of a splash, or the ever-popular stainless steel.

Best BBQ Weber Spirit E-215 GBS 2-Burner Gas BBQ

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8. Weber Spirit II E-320

Best positionable gas BBQ: exploit a choice of grilling venues in the garden with an easy-to-manoeuvre design

Fuel: Gas
Weight: 41kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+All weather wheels+51 x 46cm cooking area+Two side shelves
Reasons to avoid
-One of the smallest Weber BBQs

It’s easy to put the Weber Spirit II E-320 GBS Gas BBQ exactly where you want it when you’re barbecuing. It's H115.6 x W127 x D61cm in size and even comes with the gas ignition battery included.

Moveable feast

Chunky all-weather wheels make this gas barbecue no problem to move around the garden so you can take advantage of sun and shade as you want, or tidy it easily out the way when you’ve finished cooking. The cart below the BBQ ensures there’s still plenty of storage once the BBQ is in place, and there are tool hooks as well.

Cooking features

This two-burner BBQ also has a side burner for sauces. There’s a 51 x 46cm cooking area and a warming rack as well to help you stay on track with serving. There’s a built-in lid thermometer for cooking precision.

Barbecue system

You can use the Gourmet Barbecue System to switch out your grates for pizza stones, griddles, roasters and more. 

Best hybrid BBQ for 2021

Charcoal and gas? It can be yours in one barbecuing package. These are our favourite dual fuel BBQs.

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Best hybrid barbecue: our tried and tested top pick

Fuel: Gas with charcoal tray accessory
Weight: 47kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Full size+Side burner+Charcoal tray is easy to store+Loads of cooking space
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly takes time 

We've tried this one, and it's a winner. The Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill is a top choice for those who don't want to compromise when it comes to quality on either cooking mode. 

Cooking with gas

Gas cooking is convenient, but sometimes you lose that smokey flavour. Even when using the charcoal tray you ignite the fuel using the gas burner, which ignites easily and only needs to burn for 15 minutes to get the perfect temperature in your charcoal. 

Thermometer in-built

Easily tell the temperature of your grill using the in-built gauge. It goes up to 350 degrees, which is plenty for any meal. 

Smart design

Other features we loved? The in-built bottle opener, holder for the grate tool that helps to lift grates when they're hot or dirty, and the side burner that cooks up side dishes in a jiffy. 

Gardeningetc rated 4.5 out of 5 stars: read our full Char-Broil Gas2Coal BBQ review for more info


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2. Char-Broil All-Star Gas/Charcoal BBQ

Best hybrid barbecue: swap from gas to charcoal and convert from full size to tabletop version

Fuel: Gas with charcoal tray accessory
Weight: 30kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Charcoal tray accessory keeps cooking options open+Three burners and one side burner+Easy to move around
Reasons to avoid
-You want two fuels available at the same time

The Char-Broil All-Star BBQ will earn its keep with the option to use charcoal as well as gas, and portability as well.

Gas to charcoal

OK, you’ll need to invest in the charcoal tray as well, but at less than £50, we think it’s well worth a little more spend to get the choice of cooking outdoors with convenient gas, or authentic charcoal flavour. You can also get a rotisserie set if you want, and while it won’t boost cooking options, we like the fact you could also treat yourself to an All-Star cover for protection in all weathers, and a removable cutting board, waste bag and kitchen roll holder.

Portable and space efficient

You can separate the grill from the trolley with this model, which means you’re ready to barbecue away from home. Staying in (but out in the garden), we think this is a top choice for small outdoor spaces as it’s not a space hog. The side shelves provide room for prep but they’re foldable keeping it slim when you’re not cooking.

Simple life

This model has cast-iron grill grates that are durable, rust resistant and easy to clean. The electronic igniter means you don’t need matches to get cooking and this model promises to cook evenly and with less flare-ups, using TRU-infrared technology. 


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3. B&Q Rockwell Gas and Charcoal Black Hybrid BBQ

Best barbecue for all tastes: use gas and charcoal simultaneously and cook for up to 14

Fuel: Gas and charcoal
Weight: 84kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Cooks for 14 people+Use gas and charcoal together+Dishwasher safe grills
Reasons to avoid
-You have a small patio

You can get the best of both worlds and feed plenty of people with the Rockwell Gas and Charcoal Black Hybrid BBQ. 

Two at once

We love the fact that you can use gas and charcoal at the same time with this dual fuel barbie. Use gas for foods that require easy to adjust heat, and charcoal for those that just must have true barbecue flavour. it has an integrated warming rack to make catering to a crowd simpler.


You won’t be short of space to keep everything you need for a family feast with this model. There’s room underneath for essentials and a side table, plus there are three hooks and a bottle opener – handy, don’t you think?

Bonus features

What else will you like? Well, we reckon it’ll be a thumbs-up for grills that can go into the dishwasher. You can easily wheel this BBQ out of the way or into the right position at a particular time of day, too.

Best BBQ Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ

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4. Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ

Best budget hybrid BBQ: use charcoal or gas with this classic combi

Fuel: Charcoal and gas
Weight: 38.75kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Two cooking areas+Bottom shelf for storage+Side shelf+Use gas and charcoal at the same time
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly takes a while 

Combine gas and charcoal barbecues, at the same time! The Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ comes with two individual burners, each with their own hood and thermometer, for the ultimate multitasker. 

Storage friendly

The Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ includes a spice rack, side shelf, and a bottom shelf that holds plates, accessories and more extras. 

Budget options

Combination BBQs can be expensive, so we think the Argos Premium Dual Fuel is reasonably priced at under £250. For this you get two individual burners, that can be used separately or together for meals of all sizes. 

On the large side

This grill isn't for those who are short on space. Its cooking areas are 43 x 44cm each, and its total dimensions are H116 x W139 x D59cm. The side shelf doesn't fold away either, although it can be wheeled around easily enough thanks to the two wheels at the front side. 

Best electric grills for 2021

Want the simple way to cook outside – no charcoal or gas needed? This answer is an electric grill, and this is our favourite. 


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1. George Foreman 22460 Indoor & Outdoor BBQ

Best fuss-free barbecue: get the ease of electricity and the flexibility of a grill or table top set-up

Fuel: Electric
Weight: 6.57kg
Colour: Graphite Grey
Reasons to buy
+Use outdoors as a grill or inside on a table top+Long cable+Grill designed to reduce fat
Reasons to avoid
-Having to plug in-No charcoal flavour

Want an easy life, speedy grilling and table top cooking as well as barbecuing? Then the George Foreman Indoor and Outdoor BBQ is the perfect choice.

Plug in

Never mind charcoal or gas cylinders, with this electric grill you just plug in. Worried you’ll be a lonely chef far from your guests? It has a 2.35m cable so you won’t miss out on the chat. 

Cooking options

This model is a freestanding barbecue outside, then – ta da – you can make it a table-top grill indoors. That’s right, no need to buy twice with this adaptable model. If you’re watching your weight, or concerned about cutting back on fat, you’ll also be happy that the grill promises a 42% reduction in fat. You can feed a good sized party with it, too: there’s room for up to 15 portions of meat, fish or vegetables at a time.

Temperature control

Worried about the accuracy of cooking on an electric grill? The BBQ is designed to allow heat adjustment for meat that’s browned just right. 

Best smoker BBQ for 2021

If you love meat and fish with a wonderful smoky taste, you can do your smoking right there at home.


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Best pellet smoker: tried and loved by us

Fuel: Wood pellets
Weight: 84.4kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Smart design+App compatible+Makes great food
Reasons to avoid

We were blown away in testing by how powerful the Traeger PRO 575 Pellet Grill is when it comes to smoking, grilling and cooking. 

Cooking options

Cook fish, meat and veggies with this pellet grill. It's got a drum-shaped body that can fit larger cuts of meat, too. 


A Wi-Fi operated grill? You heard us right. You can receive alerts when your food reaches the ideal temperature, and monitor your grill from the Traeger app. 

Smart ignition

Simply fill the hopper with pellets, plug it in, switch it on at the back, select the temperature you want it to reach, press the ignite button and you’re sorted. 

Gardeningetc rated 4.5 out of 5 stars: read our full Traeger Pro 575 barbecue review for more info


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2. Weber Smokefire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill

Best BBQ smoker: this wood-pellet fuelled design will sear as well as smoke to give you all the tastes you’re looking for, and it’s a smart barbie

Fuel: Wood pellets
Weight: 84.4kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Smokes – and a lot more+Lots of cooking space+Smart design
Reasons to avoid
-High budget buy

The Weber Smokefire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill smokes a treat plus it will sear, and it’ll even help with the cooking. Find out how.

Cooking options

This model will deliver the distinctive smoky taste many of us adore. But we like the fact that it’s not just a smoker. With a temperature range of 95 to 315°C, it’ll cook all sorts of BBQ food. There’s plenty of room for what you’re serving up, too.

Low maintenance

This model comes with an easy-clean ash and grease drawer to make everyone’s least favourite part of barbecuing – the clean-up – less of a chore. It’s made with a porcelain-enamel finish to prevent cracking and rusting as well.

Get connected

Use the Weber Connect smart technology built into the BBQ and you’ll turn out great food every time. The grilling assistant will send alerts to your smartphone, telling you when to flip and when to serve.You can customise alerts, too, so the barbecue knows you want a medium steak, for example, and tell you when it’s there.

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3. Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker

Best conventional smoker: break out the charocal with this classic smoker

Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 30kg
Colours: Black
Reasons to buy
+Great warranty+Tiers allow you to cook multiple dishes at once+Tall and narrow design
Reasons to avoid
-Small grilling area for conventional barbecues

The original

Smoking is a classic technique in the USA, so this Weber option is a top pick for smoking slow and low, whether it's brisket or pulled pork.

Tiered design

Cook various dishes at once with the two-tier design of the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. The grill area has a 37cm diameter, so this is a somewhat portable option. 

Complete control

The in-built dampener system is designed to limit or increase airflow to your charcoal, meaning you can extinguish to create smoke and slow cook, or ignite for a faster finish. 

How to buy the best BBQ for 2021

How many people you want to cook for, and which fuel or even fuels do you prefer to use. Also important? The price is crucial plus you’ll want a barbecue whose style fits in with your outdoor space.


There’s a huge range of barbecue prices from the very modest, through those costing a few hundred to the investment buy of around £1,000 and upwards. The size of the Best BBQ has an influence of course, and so does the sophistication of the features, so think carefully about whether you’re looking to replicate the precision of indoor cooking outdoors, or you simply want grilled food with outdoor flavour.


How many people a particular grill size will feed can only ever be a guide. The overall dimensions of the Best BBQ will count, too, of course, particularly when outdoor space is limited, and if this is the case, you may need to compromise to give yourself room to cook and leave enough space for table and chairs.


For some, it has to be charcoal for an authentic barbecue flavour. Remember that you’ll need to factor in the time for the fuel to heat up if you cook this way, and it can be tricky to get an even temperature. A gas barbecue, on the other hand, is easy to start and quick to heat up. Heating should be even and the temperature can be easily controlled. You will have to deal with the gas canisters. If you can’t decide between the two, dual fuel hybrid models mean you don’t have to. There are also electric grills for creating your alfresco meals. They’re convenient but there’s no smoke, of course. Smokers can use different fuels for their low temperature slow cooking.

Cleaning up

A gas barbecue means less cleaning up than a charcoal design, and you won’t need to dispose of the ash either. Other than that, take a look at whether you can use the dishwasher to help you clean up after cooking.


If your outdoor space has some room to spare, you might like to opt for a model which offers storage as well as cooking, or at least a little room for sauce bottles and herbs to add to your food. Foldable shelves are a boon when the cooking’s over and you want to take back some space.

Don’t forget that the Best BBQ itself will need storage in winter – or a good cover. Wheels to help you move it into storage are also handy if it’s a weighty model.

For more outdoor cooking options, check out the best pizza ovens

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Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie has been writing for Gardeningetc since the beginning of 2021, covering all things barbecues, patio heaters, and fire pits. A lover of al fresco dining, Millie is always on the hunt for the best barbecues and pizza ovens for entertaining friends and family. She is a firm believer that everyone should have their own herb garden, and can often be found taming her over-zealous rosemary plant.