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OutdoorChef Barbecues

OutdoorChef are one of the UKs most popular budget-friendly ranges of gas and charcoal barbecues, with prices ranging from £160 to just under £900. The Minichef is ideal for throwing in the back of the car and taking on a picnic or for a day on the beach. If you live in a property with restricted outdoor space the Minichef is ideal for standing on a table on a balcony or in a small courtyard. The controls are simple to use allowing even a novice barbecuer to tackle more complex dishes than the run of the mill bangers and burgers. Please note these BBQs are only available through the website and are not sold in The Barbecue Shop in store. If you do wish to pay us a visit The Barbecue Shop stocks the full Weber and Traeger ranges of grills and accessories. As well as barbecues and equipment we also stock a wide range of rubs, sauces, cook books and the sublime I O Shen chef’s quality hand forged steel knives. If you need any help choosing a BBQ or can’t decide which one would better suit your needs please just call the expert staff in The Barbecue Shop here in our store in Ambleside. We regularly run barbecuing workshops and demos in store so keep an eye on our Events page to see if there would be one to suit.  


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Ian Hodgett
Furniture and Barbecue Buyer
Ian has worked for Hayes since leaving school, spending the majority of this time in the outdoor furniture department and like Keith has an in-depth knowledge of Hayes customers. He also has the same ethos at heart when buying garden furniture; will it be an acceptable price and quality? He also takes into account the changing fashions and environmental considerations, such as using recycled materials, being recyclable at the end of its life and is the timber sourced from forests which have a re-planting policy. Ian’s other passion is barbecuing which resulted in Hayes having one of the few Weber Worlds within The Barbecue Shop here in store. The Barbecue Shop has gained a reputation as being one of the best places in north west England to obtain all your BBQ requisites as it stocks everything you need apart from the food. Some of our best sellers are the Angus & Oink and Traeger rubs and sauces which can elevate your food from the ordinary to the absolutely divine. Ian regularly posts on Instagram the results of his grilling labours and it’s not just the usual barbecue fare of bangers and burgers. If you head to the Hayes Garden World Youtube channel you can view almost 200 videos Ian has appeared in with top BBQ chef Richard Holden. These videos show you that there is no limit to the creative dishes you can cook on your BBQ, whether it’s fuelled by gas, charcoal, electric or wood pellets. Almost all the dishes are simple and well within the capabilities of any barbecuer, they range from the Christmas dinner to puddings to vegetarian dishes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The OutdoorChef BBQs fall into the medium priced bracket, they are not as expensive as the Weber grills but still have a lot of innovative features, and represent excellent value for money if you just use your BBQ on those lovely summer evenings. 
The grills are not as big as some of the larger Weber models but can easily hold enough food for a party of 4 - 6. If you are going to regularly cook for large parties then we recommend the Traeger wood pellet grills or the Weber gas Summit, Genesis and Spirit ranges.
Yes, the OutdoorChef BBQs are guaranteed for 3 years with the warranty covering defective materials and construction.

Buyers guide to OutdoorChef barbecues

OutdoorChef barbecues are some of the most innovative on the market and represent excellent value for money. All our barbecues and accessories are sourced by The Barbecue Shop manager Ian Hodgett who has spent his entire career at Hayes Garden World in the barbecue and garden furniture departments so is well aware of the standards our customers’ demand. This Swiss company prides itself on producing a great quality grill which will last for years. They produce gas, charcoal and electric barbecues so whatever your preference they have it covered. Charcoal for the purists who allege that it is the only way to get that authentic smoky barbecue flavour. Gas grills are much cleaner than the charcoal and quicker to come to temperature, they also feature the GSS (Gas Safety System) which OutdoorChef have developed to make the grills safer. If the gas goes out it automatically re-ignites enabling you to grill in a wind. It cooks to a large range of temperatures enabling you to cook anything you would normally cook in the kitchen and not just bangers and burgers. Their electric grills are ideal for an apartment balcony where you are not allowed a live fire barbecue. Although purists dismiss the electric barbecues, they do have their place in the grill range. Although we haven’t made any videos with the OutdoorChef grills we do have a video where we compare burgers cooked over gas, charcoal and electric; click here to view the results where you can see that there is not a huge difference in taste. The grills compare favourably with the smaller Weber barbecues, without the Weber price tag, and can cater easily for the average family however if you regularly host larger parties then maybe consider one of the larger grills from Weber or the Traeger wood pellet grills which can hold a surprising amount of food; click here to watch the video where we demonstrate how much food fits onto the Traeger grill. Click here to view the great many BBQ videos showing recipes, product info and the tech stuff on our Youtube channel; the majority of these videos feature The Barbecue Shop manager Ian and top BBQ chef Richard Holden. If you are stuck for BBQ recipe ideas and don’t just want the standard barbecue fare, click here to view all the recipes we have cooked on a range of grills. The Barbecue Shop located in the store is open all year round so if you're stuck for a present for the budding chef then we have everything they could possibly need from top of the range grills to a humble tub of seasoning; click here to view the range of Angus & Oink sauces and rubs available online.