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Barbecues (BBQs)

With more and more of us looking at our outdoor space more as an extension of our living area and a place to entertain and less as a garden, barbecuing has shot up in popularity, after all who doesn’t love a tasty meal outside on a warm summer evening in the company of family and friends. BBQ is not just for summer, site the grill by the back door and use it for cooking the Christmas dinner; cooking the turkey on the grill is easier than you think. You can spend as much or as little as you want on a BBQ; the largest models incorporate several gas burners, a rotisserie, an upper rack for slow cooking or keeping food warm, side burners for making sauces and side tables. Smaller portable BBQs are ideal for taking on a picnic or a day on the beach. There is a choice of fuels to suit everyone, charcoal for the purists, gas for the impatient and who don’t want the mess and even electric if you live in an apartment which bans live flame.

Barbecues (BBQs)
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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 barbecues and wood pellet grills are weatherproof but they will last far longer if they are covered or placed under cover.
Buy a barbecue at the top of your budget, it will last far longer. Once you have got the hang of barbecuing you will start to become more adventurous and want to cook more then the usual bangers and burgers so will inevitably need a larger grill; if you have only bought a small grill then this will entail upgrading and buying a larger BBQ, so why not not buy one larger than you think you will need from the outset. 
This depends upon the maximum number of people you will be cooking for; if you regularly entertain then one of the Traeger wood pellet grills or a gas Weber Genesis with 6 burners will enable you not only to cook for a large party but also just for the immediate family. If you never have people around then one of the smaller Weber gas or charcoal would be large enough. 
This depends entirely upon whether you are a BBQ purist or not; purists will want to stick to charcoal or wood pellet as they claim this gives the authentic smokiness. If you want instant heat and no mess then the gas grills are for you. Some properties have a 'no naked flame' clause but you can still BBQ with the electric Weber Pulse grills. Click here to read the blog and watch the video where we cook burgers using gas, electric and charcoal.

Buyers guide to barbecues (BBQs)

We have one of the largest selections of barbecues in north west England in our Barbecue Shop and are host to one of only a handful of Weber World stores in the UK. Unlike many other outlets our Barbecue Shop is open all year round so the ideal one-stop shop for presents if you have a keen barbecuer in the family. We stock all the barbecue accessories you could need including masses of rubs and sauces to elevate your grilling to the next level. Our most popular barbecues and grills are Weber and Traeger which are the very best quality on the market. The Traeger wood pellet grills are extremely easy to operate and aim to take a lot of the quesswork out of cooking with their WiFire technology and temperature probes; just insert the probes into the meat and your smartphone will receive an alert when it is almost ready. Our head BBQ buyer Ian Hodgett is a passionate barbecuer, utilising his grill all year round, click here to go to our Youtube channel where you will find masses of videos featuring Ian and top BBQ chef Richard Holden. The videos cover dozens of recipes and helpful hints and tips to enable you to get the best out of your grill.

How much to pay for a barbecue depends upon whether you are a newbie or an experienced griller. If you are new to barbecuing and not sure if you will want to get a lot of use out of your BBQ start with a small grill to suit your immediate needs. Once you get the hang of barbecuing and think you might want to start entertaining family and friends then you can upgrade to a much larger grill. The one thing that you must look out for is the quality as a better grade BBQ will way outlast a budget grill. Although you may not be using a small grill for very long before you upgrade to a larger one, still opt for quality as you will probably still need to use both BBQs when you are entertaining.  

The size of BBQ you go for will depend entirely on how many people you are going to be cooking for; if you never entertain and are a couple living in an apartment then you just need a small electric grill, such as one from the Weber Pulse range. The larger grills which have multiple burners will cook for a small number of people just as effectively as a big party just by not turning on all the burners. One tip is to go for a larger barbecue than you think you are going to need as once you become more confident and try more adventurous dishes you will find that you cook more than just a few burgers and bangers. Once you get really confident try cooking the Christmas dinner on the BBQ; click here to see how Ian and Richard cooked it on the Traeger.

The choice of fuel can be a bit bewildering; wood pellets, charcoal briquettes, gas or electric? If you live in an apartment then the choice is made for you as most premises ban the use of live fire so you will have to plump for one on the Weber Pulse electric grills. Gas is the easiest and cleanest fuel but usually frowned upon by the BBQ purists who think that you don’t get the true authentic flavour, but this can be rectified by using flavoured chips in a smoker. There is a large number of charcoal grills so if you love the authentic barbecue experience these grills are the ones for you. The portable grills which you can take on a picnic or to the beach tend to be charcoal but there are gas powered models available. One of our biggest sellers are the Traeger wood pellet grills as they combine the authentic BBQ smoke with the ease of technology. Click here to read the blog and watch the video where we compare burgers cooked on gas, charcoal and electric grills

If you are unsure which grill you would like please contact our Barbecue Shop and book an appointment stating which grill you would like to try before you buy and we will have it ready for you to test drive; just bring the burgers or bangers. Experienced staff will be on hand to assist and answer any queries you may have. 

Maintenance is fairly standard across the ranges; they all need the grates scrubbing with a wire brush after every cook. A thorough clean once a year is recommended with all parts removed and cleaned with a dedicated BBQ cleaner or replaced if worn. (Contact our Barbecue Shop if you require spare parts) We do offer a Weber certified service on all their products where we pick up your BBQ, give it a service, replace any worn parts if necessary and return it to you in pristine condition.

Click here to read our many blogs and watch our videos giving you recipes, tips on using rubs and sauces, how to troubleshoot your Traeger and so much more. We regularly hold BBQ masterclasses and demos in the store at Ambleside so keep an eye on the Events page to see when the next classes are occurring.