Forecast looking good? Or at least not torrential? Itchy grill finger? Then read on for part one in our regular summer guide for successful outdoor eating. This week, we're looking at the engine room of any garden meat-fest - the grill.
1 | The grill to rule them all - Mirage Charcoal by Napoleon Gourmet Grills (above)
Very large and very shiny, Napoleon’s Mirage has the big talk barbecue market cornered. Despite looking like one for the paid-up gas griller, this range-style cooker (pictured above) is in fact powered by charcoal, which will no doubt excite purists. There’s also abundant storage space, a cooking area of 1536.7cm2 and a double-skinned lid, which allows you to roast as well as grill. Pulled pork barbecue sandwich? Don’t mind if we do. £1,000 (napoleongrills.com)
2 | The portable option - The Element Portable by Fuego
Americans say that this portable barbecue is ideal for “tailgating”, and though the idea of barbecuing from the back of a car is mystifying to us Brits, we’d happily cart this down to the beach. The lid is held in place by a gigantic red rubber band, and an optional clip-on strap means this 7kg device (the same as a load of washing) can be slung over your shoulder with ease. Just remember to leave the coals at home, this one’s gas. $200 (elementbyfuego.com)
3 | The all-rounder - Big Green Egg
The BBQ of choice for Adam Perry Lang, the Big Green Egg was an obvious addition to our list. A barbecue-come-steamer with a world-class reputation, the Egg is able to maintain high levels of moisture and control temperature consistently thanks to its — we quote — “space age” ceramic casing. From mini-Egg (with room enough for two chicken breasts) through to extra large (big enough for 12 steaks) — the medium, which weighs in at £550 — should do the trick, allowing for six burgers at a time. Medium BGE, £550 (biggreenegg.co.uk)