Barbecues: six of the best

  • We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.
  • Planning on a summer full of al fresco cooking? Consider investing in a chef-style barbecue – Country Homes & Interiors shortlist six of the best...

    Standard barbecues are great for impromptu entertaining but if most of your summer evenings are spent dining outdoors, you might want to consider investing in a larger model. Before you buy, here’s our need-to-know guide to barbecue lingo…

    A gas powered outdoor cooker fires up in an instant and has precise temperature control to ensure thoroughly cooked, tasty and moist food.

    Rotisseries are ideal for spit-roasting joints of meat, chickens or any recipes that need indirect heat. Some models come with a rear-mounted infrared burner for higher heat.

    Multiple burners give cooking flexibility – from sear burners that provide extra heat to lock in the juices and produce defined grill lines to side burners that come in handy for pan frying.

    Flavouriser bars protect the burners from dripping juices and burn off grease and drips.

    Storage is something that bigger models offer. Expect plenty of cupboard space for all the essential tools and kit. ‘Folding shelves make bigger barbecues easy to store in the garage when the summer is over’, says Susan Laffey, Garden Furniture and Barbecues Buyer, B&Q.

    With our six shortlisted appliances, you can create an outdoor kitchen area in your garden for use all year round…

    Best for budget
    This barbecue has three burners with electronic ignition, a pop-out prep table and lots of useful storage space. The grills, flavouriser bars and drip trays can fit in the dishwasher.

    Best for convenience
    Cook on five burners, including an infrared back burner for rotisserie and sizzle zone for searing, cleaning up as you go using the sink and tap.

    Best for storage
    Doors conceal room to store gas and accessories. Cook on six burners plus a side burner and infrared rear burner. Parts are dishwasher-proof; there’s also a built-in bottle opener.

    Best for parties
    This barbecue makes short work of catering for a crowd, with six burners, a rear rotisserie, side burner, sear station and a smoker box burner for hickory-smoked chicken or ribs.

    Best for versatility
    Roast, bake and grill with this flexible model, complete with searing plates, a large oven, three burners, cast-iron reversible grids, self-basting channels and a porcelain-coated warming rack.

    Best for families
    Four burners plus side burner and searing burner make this substantial barbecue ideal for everything from evening meals to weekend feasts.

    Looking for more outdoor dining ideas? Country Homes and Interiors have plenty of inspiration; visit their home page here.

    All the latest from Ideal Home