Barbecues in the Summer

Barbecues in the Summer

You would think that barbecues in the summer would involve the crackling sound of flames and the sizzling sound of meat cooking. But as we approach the supposed “hottest” months of the year, it would appear that if you want to taste the delights of barbecued sausages, steak or chicken then gas may be way to go.

For men there is no greater sensation than lighting a fire, it is what they were born to do wasn’t it? Whether it is lighting an open fire in your home, or lighting an outdoors to cook with, it takes men back to their caveman heritage.

But there is no fun standing under umbrella attempting to get a charcoal barbecue to light in adverse weather conditions and the advantages of the greater, smokier taste it gives the food you are cooking can be far outweighed by the problems of lighting the thing in a summer downpour or a howling wind.

Gas barbecues are easy

A gas barbecue, on the other hand, needs no lighting – a quick turning on of the gas supply and press of the igniting button and voila you are up and running in a matter of seconds. Better still with a gas version, the fact it has a lid means you can pop it on if the weather is bad and it will have no impact on the cooking process. You can rely on your barbecue remaining lit even in the most torrential of downpours too, and most significantly without impacting on the authentic barbecue taste to your food. So when it comes to the weather, come rain or shine the gas barbecue has advantages over its charcoal sibling. You can control the heat with a gas barbecue (providing the barbecue comes with adjustable heat setting, of course), get a natural smoky flavour from the use of coals designed for gas versions and even better for all of the family is the fact that there is much less mess and the need to dispose of the burnt embers of the barbecue. So when it comes to the unenviable task of tidying or cleaning up, gas wins hands down. It can be cheaper too with a gas bottle lasting significantly longer than a bag of charcoal and the required firelighters.

Gas barbecues have their flaws

There are, however, downsides to gas. The need for a gas supply to be alongside the barbecue makes it much less portable should you fancy heading to the local park for a local Sunday afternoon barbecue picnic. Charcoal, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. A small dome barbecue can be taken with you on a walk through the countryside or to the park, or the instant barbecue trays – the ones costing very little money which are found in supermarkets from approximately February onwards each year as the temperature rises by a degree or two – are even better for taking on walks as they are easily slotted into a carrier bag. They will ensure that you day out is complimented by the perfect tasting sausage or steak.

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