For food lovers, sunny weather means one thing - fire up the barbecue. Dining al fresco is a summer treat that's guaranteed to create a buzz amongst your family and friends.
And it doesn't matter if you’re cooking a handful of hamburgers for your closest loved ones or hosting an epic party to remember - the BBQ buffet has to deliver. And with our selection of gas and charcoal models, we have one to help you find the recipe for outdoor food fun.
When choosing your barbecue, it can help to better understand how you'll be using it by considering a few questions.
Are you going to be doing the majority of your cooking in your own garden? Or will you take it with you for picnics and camping? If you'll be packing it up time and time again for grilling away from home, look for something that's easy to transport. Many in our range come with handles and wheels so you can easily move them around and store them away when not in use.
If you are going to be transporting it a lot, consider the size and weight of your barbecue and how you'll be getting it in and out of your car. We offer a number of compact options, so wherever you're heading, there's a barbecue to suit your needs.
Alternatively, if you're planning on staying at home, explore our range of larger or stationary models.
When deciding where to place your barbecue, make sure there are no low-hanging plants or tree branches close by. And remember that they're not recommended for balconies or to be placed on artificial grass.
Almost all of our barbecues are designed to cater for four people or more, so don't be shy when inviting friends and family over to sample your grilled goodies. Size does matter though, and the bigger the grill size, the easier it will be to cater for larger groups or parties.
And if you expect to be hosting large numbers of hungry people, look for additional extras that help you cook up more food. Features such as side burners allow you to boil vegetables or rice without having to go back indoors.
Barbecues are categorised based on the fuel they use and we offer two types - gas and charcoal.
For complete control over the temperature, as well as the ease of being able to start cooking with one click, choose a gas barbecue. Unlike a charcoal option, they're ready to start cooking almost immediately. Gas barbecues have a generous cooking area making them ideal when cooking for larger groups and they’re easy to clean afterwards.
We offer two kinds of gas barbecue – the traditional type and plancha grills.
Our traditional gas barbecues:
New to B&Q for 2017, planchas are hot plate-style grills that offer a flat surface with evenly distributed heat. With no grill bars, food doesn’t slip through – perfect for cooking fish, vegetables, and smaller, delicate foods. Plancha grills heat up quickly and any fat is drawn away from the cooking food thanks to the grease-collecting mug for healthier cooking.
Compact in size, they’re ideal for smaller outdoor spaces with the flat bottom enabling you to use it on appropriate surfaces. Alternatively, look for models with a trolley and side tables for extra food preparation space.
For the authentic barbecue experience and flavour, opt for a charcoal barbecue. While they take a little more time to be ready – the ritual of getting one going is what outdoor cooking is all about and they can be a cost-effective choice.
We offer two kinds of charcoal barbecue – the classic, portable option and masonry barbecues.
Our portable charcoal barbecues:
For a permanent option, explore our masonry barbecues. They're ideal if you want to enjoy as much outdoor cooking as possible and help create the feel of an outdoor kitchen. Masonry barbecues can double up as an outdoor heater in colder weather and can create a year-long garden feature.
Our range is available exclusively online.
Our masonry barbecues:
When choosing your new barbecue, look for extra features that make outdoor grilling easier and the results all the tastier. Below we’ve listed some of these exciting qualities for both gas and charcoal barbecues - though they aren’t available across all models, so do be sure to check before you buy.
Our gas barbecues can feature:
Our charcoal barbecues can feature:
To get the best out of your barbecue, pick up a couple of extra items.
And always be sure that any extra fuel is kept a good distance away from your barbecue when it's lit.
Prepare delicious food on your barbecue with the help of our wide range of cooking accessories. From smokers to grill baskets, digital thermometers to a hamburger press, we have plenty of cooking tools to help you look and feel like a professional chef.
Keep your grill sparkling by cleaning after every use with warm soapy water and brush. We also offer some barbecue cleaner sprays that can help with the post-barbecue clean up.
If being stored outside, shield your barbecue from the elements with a barbecue cover. Choose the right one to suit the shape and size of your barbecue and look for those made from material that is water and tear-resistant for extra protection.