Best BBQ 2021: top barbecues from Weber, Char-Broil and more

Pick up the best BBQ for your garden with our top gas, electric, hybrid and charcoal barbecues on the market

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While it's past barbecue season, buying the best BBQ right now can save you some serious money and ensure that your new grill has arrived in advance of the next spell of warm weather. While there are so many to choose from, the best BBQ for you will depend on the amount of space you have to spare, and on your preferred fuel type. Many opt for the best gas BBQ for convenient ignition, whereas others love the classic design and smokey flavour of a charcoal barbecue. 

In our best BBQ guide we have featured top gas, charcoal and even electric grills, and there are even a few hybrid options. Hybrid grills can switch between gas and charcoal fuels so you won't be caught short if you are low on fuel or if you're craving some traditionally chargrilled chicken. 

Many of the best BBQ brands, from Weber to Char-Broil, are about to go on sale in the Black Friday garden deals. We even have a dedicated Black Friday BBQ deals page to bring you all the top savings, but if you're doing your research before picking up the best BBQ for you, here are our top picks from Everdure, Outback, Big Green Egg, CosmoGrill, and more.

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. 

In our best BBQ 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

WEBER MASTER-TOUCH GBS PREMIUM E-5770 bbq

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1. Weber Master-Touch GBS Premium E-5770

Best charcoal BBQ: our favourite charcoal barbie. A classic kettle design, great features and lots of space to cook

Specifications
Fuel: Charcoal
Weight: 24kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Large cooking area+Can smoke with it+Hinged removable lid
Reasons to avoid
-Not much storage

If it has to be charcoal for authentic taste in your opinion, the Weber Weber Master-Touch GBS Premium E-5770 BBQ will float your boat: it’s a classic kettle barbecue with space to cook for the whole family.

Feed a crowd

A 57cm 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.

Cooking options

This model can be transformed into a smoker easily – think delicious ribs or pork shoulder. You can also invest in the Gourmet BBQ System inserts to go with your BBQ. We’re talking pizza stone, poultry roaster and more.

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. 

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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

Specifications
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

Specifications
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. 

Kamado Joe Junior BBQ

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4. Kamado Joe Junior BBQ

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

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

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.

Versatility

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. 

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5. Weber One Touch E4710

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

Specifications
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. 

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 EX-335 GBS

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

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Weight: 84.8kg
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+Three large burners +Sturdy and durable design+Great warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly takes a while

One of Webers' most immense barbecues to date, the Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS Smart Barbecue is a serious grill for those who really care about their barbecue.

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 Flavorizer Bars of this model promise the flavour barbecued food should have, but with the adjustability of gas and the simplicity of electronic ignition.

Easy to use

With three burners and a generous cooking area, you can serve up for a large party with this model and the warming rack means you can get all the timings right. 

We really enjoyed the height of the grill, no need to bend down to tend to your kebabs, and the side burner is also far more capable than many of the best barbecues we have tested. 

Smart option

We enjoyed using the Weber Connect Smart Grilling app for notifications about when our food would be ready. This made it a lot easier to deliver that perfectly medium-rare steak. 

Gardeningetc rated 5 out of 5 stars: read our full Weber Genesis II EX-335 GBS smart barbecue review here

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Furnace BBQ

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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

Specifications
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.

Best BBQ cosmogrill

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3. CosmoGrill Deluxe 4+1

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

Specifications
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
-Expensive

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

Specifications
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. 

Design

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

Specifications
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

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6. Char-Broil Professional Black Edition 3500 Gas BBQ

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

Specifications
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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7. Weber Spirit II E-320

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

Specifications
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

Specifications
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

Best BBQ CHAR-BROIL ALL-STAR GAS/CHARCOAL BBQ

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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

Specifications
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. 

Best BBQ Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ

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3. Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ

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

Specifications
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. 

Best BBQ GEORGE FOREMAN 22460 INDOOR & OUTDOOR BBQ

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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

Specifications
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.

Traeger

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Best pellet smoker: tried and loved by us

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

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. 

Smart

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

Best BBQ WEBER SMOKEFIRE EX4 WOOD FIRED PELLET GRILL

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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

Specifications
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

Specifications
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.

Price

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.

Size

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.

Fuel

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. To get the best from your new BBQ, our guide on how to light a BBQ has step-by-step advice. 

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.

Storage

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.

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Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie is the Small Appliances and Cooking Editor on the Future Homes Ecommerce team. She 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, even if it's just on their kitchen windowsill.