The best BBQ is what you need for that yummy, smoky flavor that is synonymous with being out in the garden during the summer. To qualify as 'the best', a barbecue should also be easy to use and clean, and – if you like camping trips – be portable.
Our top pick is the Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill – it has a porcelain-enameled bowl and lid that retains heat while preventing the food from burning. See all our favorites below.
Our top charcoal pick
The original shape that started it all – and amazing quality from Weber.
- Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
- One-touch cleaning system
- Large capacity
- Assembly is not the easiest
The Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill is the modern version of The Original Kettle – the BBQ that revolutionized outdoor cooking back in the day. This is not to say that it's low-tech, though: precise temperature control, a heat-retaining lid that also prevents burning, and a one-touch cleaning system all make this bbq the best on all fronts. it's also large, cooking up to eight burgers at a time. Assembly is fiddly and can take a while to figure out, but boy, it's worth it.
Our favorite advanced BBQ
The best options for those who like precision cooking.
- Porcelain-coated grease pan
- Stainless steel finish
- Precision controls
- A bit small
- No hooks
The Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill is the perfect option for those who prefer cooking with propane – without losing out on that classic smoky barbecue flavor. Where it comes to cooking your food to perfection, the Char-Broil really delivers, with the grill and grates porcelain coated for heat retention without burning. This model is a bit small, and we think it would've done better as a three-burner instead of the size, but, with that in mind, it's great.
Our top pick for camping or tabletop cooking
The BBQ you can take with you wherever you go – and still make awesome-tasting food.
- Chrome-plated cooking rack
- Large capacity
- Lid locks
- Takes a lot of charcoal to get it hot enough
The Cuisinart CCG190RB Portable Charcoal Grill is your answer to camping trips or tabletop grilling in your back yard. It's easy to move and position exactly where you want it, weighing just two pounds, and the handy lid locks ensure there won't be any greasy spills in your car after getting back home. We do find it takes a lot of charcoal to get it properly hot for cooking and the grill height is not adjustable.
The BBQ that also produces delicious smoked foods
Smoke meat, fish, or veg in this awesome dual-purpose barbie.
- BBQ and smoker in one
- Easy cleaning
- Scald-proof handle
- Ash pan can bend down the middle
The Royal Gourmet 30" BBQ Charcoal Grill and Offset Smoker is just the thing for adventurous outdoor cooks who love the deep, smoky flavor that can only be delivered with wood chips. The side smoker can be fed with a combination of charcoal and wood chip, and can also be utilized as an extra grill. The temperature gauge and scald-proof handle make the bbq convenient and easy to use. We have found that if the ash isn't emptied regularly, the ash pan is prone to bending.
For the classic charcoal bbq flavor, go for the Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill – its ceramic lid will ensure food cooks through evenly and won't burn. If you're a fan of smoked meat or fish, try the excellent Royal Gourmet 30" BBQ Charcoal Grill and Offset Smoker, which will give you the best of both worlds.