Portable Barbecues

Portable Barbecues: A Quick Guide

There’s nothing better during the summer than getting out the old barbecue and dishing up some smoky delights for your guests. Whether you are a BBQ addict or just an occasional outdoor cooker, choosing the right gas barbecue is important. Ideally, you want it to be portable and easy to use.
Here’s our quick guide on what to look for:

Why go Portable?

First of all, if you want to be able to use that barbecue as much as possible. Opting for a portable model means that you can simply put it in the car or caravan and take with you wherever and whenever you want. So, for instance, if you have a sporting event or festival to attend, it means you can cook up a feast easily. For those who regularly go camping, a portable barbecue set is ideal.

Disposable Charcoal vs Portable Gas Barbecues

While the cheap disposable charcoal barbecues are often hailed as providing that unique smoky taste and smell, they can be a devil when you need something portable. Very rarely is there enough charcoal in the barbecue to properly cook more than a couple of burgers and that’s if you manage to get it lit. A gas barbecue has several advantages. First, the propane can be a lot cheaper than constantly buying new disposables and it heats up a lot quicker, and doesn’t run out of heat midway through cooking! Gas barbecues are also much easier to deal with after cooking – you don’t have to worry about the fuel debris that remains behind – that’s important if you’re taking your BBQ out into the big, wide world.

Kampa Bruce Tabletop Barbecue
Kampa Bruce Tabletop Barbecue
Price: £26.99
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  • Perfect for camping, caravans, motorhomes, picnics, on the beach and in the garden
  • Cooking area: 42 x 27cm (1134 square cm)
  • 2.5kw Galvanised steel burner
  • Compact and easy to store
  • Folding legs retain lid for easy storage
Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go - Portable Barbecue Grill with TRU-Infrared technology, Grey/ Cast aluminium.
Price: £119.99
You save: £30.00 (20 %)
4 new from £119.991 used from £102.83
  • TRU-Infrared Cooking System - cooks food evenly, with less flare-ups to give up to 50% juicier food and uses up to 30% less gas.
  • Stainless Steel Burner - strong, durable burners that are built to last.
  • Electronic Igniter - lights up your grill at the push of a button.
  • Stainless Steel Cooking Grate - high quality and easy to clean.
  • Lid-Mounted Temperature Gauge - monitor the inside temperature of your grill.
  • Portable Propane Cylinder - powered by a portable 16.4 ounce disposable liquid propane cylinder (sold separately).
  • 2 Years Warranty - all parts including the burners.
Char-Broil model 140 692 - X200 Grill2Go Portable Gas Grill Carry Bag.
Price: £59.99
1 new from £59.990 used
  • Designed to Carry and Protect - Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go Portable Gas Grill.
  • High Quality Fabric - made with strong, durable material.
  • FIt x2x500gr gas bottles - so you'll never be short of fuel or food around a camp.
Folding Gas Barbecue Combo BBQ Trolley Portable Picnic Table Top Stove
Folding Gas Barbecue Combo BBQ Trolley Portable Picnic Table Top Stove
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  • 3 in 1 Combo Portable Gas Barbeque, Running on either propane or butaneEasy to assemble. Two fold-out side shelves.
  • Sturdy folding trolley with wheels. Can be fuelled with either propane or butane. Piezo ignition. Variable heat control. Large single stainless steel burner. Flame tamer control. Chrome grill. Heat output: 3.9kw.
  • Standing Size: 115cm x 43cm x 95cm.
  • Cooking Area: 43cm x 35cm
  • Crusader Portable Gas Barbeque BBQ Combo Wheel Trolley Table Top Cooker
Coleman Extra Value 6 x C500 Gas Cartridge - Green, Pack of 6
Price: £23.99
4 new from £23.990 used
  • x6 propane/butane mix gas cartridges
  • Screw on gas cartridge
  • Coleman double safety seal valve
  • Ideal for camping stoves and lanterns

Top Tips for a Great Barbecue

There are a number of factors you need to look for when choosing a portable barbecue. One is the BTU or British Thermal Unit. This is a measure of the heat your barbecue is going to produce. Ideally, you should be looking for something that has around 100 BTUs for each square inch of cooking area. It’s generally not something that buyers look at though it can be important, especially if you are using your set regularly, for example, while out camping.

• Sturdiness is another factor when considering portable barbecues. If you are moving something around and transporting it from place to place, then it makes sense to choose one that looks and feels robust. Essentially, you want something that combines portability with strength.
• You also want a barbecue that is going to be easy to clean. It’s no problem if you are using at home, but when you are taking your gas barbecue on the road you basically want a model that is as simple to clean as possible.
• If you are opting for a gas barbecue, one thing you do need to seriously consider is the gas tank and how you are going to carry it. The good news is that this area of BBQ tech has improved over the years and you can get lightweight and highly portable tanks to take with you on your travels.

Finally, while being portable, your barbecue also needs to be big enough to cope with the cooking you want to carry out. There are a range of sizes available nowadays, including mini barbecues that are no bigger than the size of a large book. They’re great if you suddenly want to do some cooking down the local park. A lot, of course, will depend on the space you have available whether you are out for a camping expedition with friends or simply want a portable set that you can use at home.

Char-Broil Patio Bistro 180R - Single Burner Barbecue Gill with TRU-Infrared technology, Red.
Char-Broil Patio Bistro 180R - Single Burner Barbecue Gill with TRU-Infrared technology, Red.
Price: £127.99
You save: £22.00 (15 %)
3 new from £127.990 used
  • TRU-Infrared Cooking System - cooks food evenly, prevents flare-ups to give up to 50% juicier food and uses up to 30% less gas.
  • Stainless Steel Burner - strong, durable burners that are built to last.
  • Surefire Electronic Igniter - light all your burners with the push of a button.
  • Lid-Mounted Temperature Gauge - monitor the inside temperature of your grill.
  • Warming Rack - keeps cooked food warm or ideal for burger buns or baggettes.
  • Stainless Steel Cooking Grate - high quality and easy to clean.
  • Portable Propane Cylinder - powered by a portable 16.4 ounce disposable liquid propane cylinder (sold separately).
  • 2 Years Warranty - all parts including the burners.