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Outdoor Cooking

When it comes to enjoying our rare warm summer evenings, there's nothing better than firing up the BBQ and cooking dinner outside. Although you may think outdoor cooking equipment is fairly restricted, there are, in fact, a great range of outdoor cookers and equipment now available, meaning you can prepare and cook all sorts of meals and snacks outdoors.

What type of outdoor cooking equipment should I buy?


For a proper summer outdoor cooking experience, you can't go wrong with a BBQ. Whether you're planning on having an intimate BBQ with a few friends or just the family, or you plan to throw big BBQs for the whole street, there's a suitable BBQ for you. Most small BBQs will be charcoal, which is the traditional method of cooking on a BBQ and gives the proper chargrilled flavour, but cooking will take a while and there's a bit of maintenance involved. The other advantage of smaller BBQs is that they will usually be moveable, so you can choose to grill anywhere in the garden. For larger, more considerable BBQs, electric and gas BBQs are usually the more convenient option as they are quicker at heating up and cooking your food. Many of these sorts of BBQs will also be movable but you can get some that are suitable for being built into an outdoor cooking area and act like outdoor ovens.

If you're serious about your food, you can also find smokers that will slowly cook meat to perfection. Not for the impatient, smokers take a long time to cook food but the reward is that the meat or fish you cook will be perfectly succulent and infused with a smoky flavour. You will also find that smokers are often combined with grills, so you can barbecue and smoke food at the same time.

Pizza ovens are also great for outdoor cooking and you can find a range of steel or clay ovens online if you want to really bring a Tuscan vibe to your garden. Traditional clay ovens will give the authentic look and taste but will be harder to control, whereas steel pizza ovens will be easier to use as you can alter the temperature.

Should I think about the style of my outdoor cooking equipment?


While most BBQs, grills and outdoor ovens come in black, silver or neutral colours and so will work quite easily with other elements in your garden, there are a few colour and style choices available if you want something that stands out. You can choose between traditional round BBQs, more modern worktop-style grills, chimney style ovens and retro coloured BBQs for a pop of vibrancy. Think about your outdoor furniture, and any accessories, and consider whether the style and colour of your outdoor cooking equipment will work with them.

Take a look through the BBQs, accessories, smokers, outdoor pizza ovens and outdoor fryers sections to find and compare products online for your garden or outdoor area. If you like the idea of an outdoor fire but aren't bothered about the cooking element, take a look at fire pits instead to add a warm, glowing centrepiece to your patio.
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