The first BBQ of the year is always one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in any families calender. The sun is out, potato salad is made and the drinks are in the ice box, but what’s the best way to cook the meat? Today we take a look at the alternatives to traditional ‘built in to your garden design’ BBQ’s available within al fresco dining.
Firepits – Firepits can be a great addition to your garden design, just like BBQ’s they can be built in to your garden or alternatively can be bought as a portable addition to garden. The heat they generate makes them perfect to gather round and stay warm outside when the summer sun has set. Not only are Firepits a safe way to have a controlled fire in your back garden they are also great for cooking on, Firepits can come with pre-fitted grills or extra accessories can be bought to make cooking just as easy as on the BBQ.
Smokers – Everyone loves BBQ ribs and there is no better way of cooking them than slowly on with smoker. Cooking meat on with smoker gives you a great an intense smokey flavour and will make the meat just fall off the bone.
From smoking meat to smoking cheeses, the possibilities are endless for smoking and it’s a great way to unleash your creative side by creating some really unique recipes and flavours.
Chimineas – Originating from Mexico, Chimineas heat up very quickly so within 15 to 20 minutes you’ll be ready to cook and due to their design they allow a lot of air in which means they give off tremendous heat. Chimineas are extremely versatile when it comes to cooking methods, they can be used much like a BBQ however due to the heat they give off meat can be cooked a lot quicker, they are even a great way to cook freshly made pizzas. Chimineas also make a great patio heaters without taking up the room of a Firepit or conventional Gas patio heater.
Wood-fired Ovens – Finally, few things look more impressive in the garden than a wood-fired clay oven, although commonly associated with pizzas they are capable of so much more and there are few meals you would struggle to cook in one. They may take slightly longer to warm up to be ready for cooking, the unique taste is certainly worth the wait.