01 The Ma­chines

Men's Health (UK) - - Time -

As with your kitchen knives or your run­ning shoes, your bar­be­cue should be the very best you can af­ford. Ben Tish, culi­nary di­rec­tor of the Stafford Lon­don, gives you his pick of the smartest equip­ment for any bud­get

01\ The Banker

“You can’t go wrong with the We­ber Orig­i­nal Ket­tle Pre­mium,” says Tish. “It’s af­ford­able and an all-rounder. I’ve got one – they’re so de­pend­able.” A hinged cook­ing grate makes it easy to re­plen­ish the fuel without tak­ing your food off the grill – an up­grade on ear­lier mod­els – while a bucket at the bot­tom catches ash, so it can’t blow around. It’s big enough to feed the fam­ily, too. £167 wowbbq.co.uk

02\ The In­vest­ment

“The Drum­be­cue Smoker Pro looks great and you get loads of space,” says Tish. It’s mul­ti­func­tional with heavy- duty steel grills that’ll do jus­tice to your steak, and it has “built-in smok­ers and chim­neys”. A pull- out fire­box of­fers easy ac­cess to the char­coal di­vider without you open­ing the lid, so you’ll lose less smoke and heat when slow-cook­ing. £650 drum­be­cue.co.uk

03\ The Dream

“I’d go for an ex­tra-large Big Green Egg,” says Tish. Im­pres­sively, it can ac­com­mo­date two size­able chick­ens with room to spare. Its USP is tem­per­a­ture con­trol (“No other BBQ re­tains heat quite like it,” he says), ad­justed via a slid­ing door on the bot­tom and a wheel vent. It can get ul­tra-hot, but it’s well suited to slow cook­ing for up to 24 hours. Plus, it will last for­ever. Just don’t try to carry it home your­self. £ 1,395 big­greenegg.co.uk

ARM YOUR­SELF WITH THE KING OF BAR­BE­CUES

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