Top Tips for Barbecue Season








From books to help you learn from the masters to entire festivals celebrating all things ‘cued.

There are no excuses for burnt bangers this season, as we’ve picked some of the best barbecues and books to bring a little piece of the Southern States to your garden. Alternatively, if the prospect of standing over smoking coals is unappealing, why not join in with the growing barbecue festival scene? Contact us to book tickets and buy barbecue kit.

Choose your grill

Barbecook Joya table-top barbecue

This compact barbecue is perfect for cooking on balconies or in gardens where space is tight. Silicon feet protect the table it’s on and a water-filled ceramic burner box prevents overheating.

Weber Smokey Joe Premium Kettle Barbecue

Big enough to feed up to five people but small enough to pack in a car to take down to the beach or park, this miniature version of the renowned kettle barbecue features a lid lock and silicon coated handle for easy transportation.

Big Green Egg

Favoured by Michelin-starred chefs such as Alain Roux (Waterside Inn), Tom Kitchin (The Kitchin) and Raymond Blanc (Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons) and home-grillers alike, these green ceramic beauties reach cooking temperature in 15 minutes, have exact temperature controls and can roast, smoke, bake and grill.

Frontier Hot Smoker Barbecue Set / Portable Food Smoker
£218 / £59.95

If you’ve mastered the art of barbecuing, smoking could be a revelation. Meat is more tender and juicy – low and slow cooking is the key – and can be flavoured with a host of delicate aromas from woodchips including Applewood and hickory. The Frontier Hot Smoker is great for gardens but if you prefer to cook by the sea or on a riverbank, the portable smoker is ideal.

Learn to ‘cue

Weber’s Big Book of Barbecue

Go beyond chargrilled meats and learn from the masters of grilling as this book guides you through 200 recipes, from basics through to deep dish pizzas and vegetarian chilli.

Pitt Cue Co. The Cookbook

Pitt Cue Co. has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a mobile takeaway van to its permanent home in London’s Soho. Now co-founders Jamie Berger and Tom Adams are passing on their wisdom, with recipes from ribs to burnt ends mash.

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

When Aaron Franklin and his wife opened their stand at the side of the interstate highway in 2009, they never expected it to become an Austin institution. Since then, he has won almost every major barbecue award possible and now makes his publishing debut, sharing recipes, tips and home-smoking methods to help you barbecue the Texan way.

UK festivals

Manchester – 30 and 31 May
Bristol – 11 and 12 July
London – 5 and 6 September

Having already established a place in the hearts of barbecue lovers in Manchester and Bath, Grillstock is coming to Walthamstow this year. Head to one of these two-day festivals to get your fill of meat, beer and great live music, and you can even take part in eating competitions if you have the stomach for it.

Smoked & Uncut
The Pig on the Beach, Dorset – 21 June
Lime Wood, New Forest – 12 July
The Pig near Bath, Somerset – 2 August
The Pig, New Forest – 6 September

Enjoy a relaxing festival experience in the grounds of a beautiful hotel, as you sit back on hay bales, listening to live music from the likes of I Am Kloot, Ed Harcourt and Lucy Rose, with a glass of Pimm’s and freshly barbecued food.

Lime Wood is also home to Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett’s joint venture with Luke Holder; we suggest an overnight stay in one of the luxurious rooms so you can tuck into a delicious lunch at Hartnett Holder & Co before heading home the next day.

London – 19 and 20 September

An American import, this meat-laden festival takes over Tobacco Dock, with chefs from around the world gathering to marinate, grill, smoke and shred almost any meat you can think of. Previously, chefs from the Fat Duck, Koya and Franklin Barbecue have been among those taking part.

Prices are as at time of writing.

Pictured: Grillstock