Hot caravan-friendly BBQ buys
It might be that you're off on your first caravan tour of the season shortly (we hope) or you're planning on spending the summer in the garden with an ice-cold beer and a barbecue.
Either way, cooking outside really does seem to make the food taste better! Here's some of our fave BBQs, perfect to pack and take with you if you are able to enjoy a caravan holiday later this year and also for using at home...
Weber Smokey Joe
Weber’s portable tabletop unit is designed to run on charcoal and is available in a selection of colours. It offers a 37cm- diameter cooking grill, with the base and lid coated with a durable porcelain enamel finish (with a 10-year warranty). A handy charcoal measuring cup is also supplied. There’s no cover provided as standard and the Weber-branded item adds an extra £30.
Berndes P502022 fan-assist BBQ
You can spend up to £200 on fan-assisted charcoal barbecues, but we’ve tested this one and it’s every bit as good. It comes with a central hopper for the charcoal and has a removable stainless-steel drip tray for easy cleaning.
The casing remains cool, so it’s safe to use on a table. The fan system uses AA batteries, so invest in a set of rechargeables and a charger.
Campingaz Party Grill 600
Powered by a gas cylinder, the key benefit here is that all elements – including the detachable legs – can be packed away inside it, making it easy to transport.
It also comes with a polyester carry bag. Inside the lid you’ll find four different cooking options: a gas burner ring with pan support, a grill, griddle and a hotplate cooking surface. The hotplate and griddle plate are non-stick.
Cadac Carri Chef 2
This gas-powered grill features a removable porcelain enamel top and detachable legs to enable it to pack down to a reasonable size.
It’s supplied with three cooking surfaces – a pan stand, a combined non-stick hotplate and griddle, plus a shallow and wide chef pan that would be ideal for paella. There’s a thermometer built into the lid, ensuring you get perfectly cooked meals.
Landmann Tripod Charcoal BBQ
This tripod-design barbecue packs down to a compact 53cm by 53cm by 12cm size and it’s cheap, too.
The downside is that you’ll have to assemble it every time you want to use it. It’s something of a focal point when you’re camping and should encourage folk to gather around. It’s practical, too, with an enamelled charcoal holder and a cooking grill that’s adjustable for height.