How to Hold a Party With a Gas Barbecue

If you live in Australia you’ll know how much Australians value the outdoor life. And a big part of outdoor is living in Australia is having a barbecue. There’s many barbecues to choose from but a gas BBQ may well be the best investment you’ve ever made.

Cooking outdoors is a delightful experience. On a nice day being part of the outdoors whilst serving a great meal for visitors can be one of the best ways of having a party. A barbecue is an essential part of any outdoors meal.

Of course you can always build your own barbecue, many people take the time to collect the bricks, mix the cement and make a barbecue themselves. And the smell of fresh woodsmoke makes a barbecue even more special.

But modern commercial barbecues have so many features, and allow you to cook so many different types of food on your barbecue that a home-made wood barbecue really doesn’t cut it now.

A modern barbecue allows you to cook a wide range of food you could never cook on any normal home-made wood barbecue. Virtually anything that you could imagine that you can cook in an oven can be cooked on the barbecue. Whether it’s a roast, a pizza, bread or anything else that takes your fancy, if you have the right BBQ you can cook it.

In my view a gas barbecue is superior to all others. Unlike an electric barbecue a gas BBQ heats up fast, cools down fast and allows you to regulate the heat brilliantly. Have one side of the barbecue hot so that your neighbour can have that well done steak and have the other side of the barbecue cooler so that your wife can eat her favourite barbecued fish.

It can all be done with a gas barbecue. They’re quick and easy to set up and use, fast to cool down and relatively easy to clean.

Whether you live in Australia or anywhere else having a barbecue on a nice day is a wonderful way to spend time with friends. Get outdoors, find a few recipes, grab yourself a quality gas BBQ and get cooking and you’re well on your way to a fine party.

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Do Electric Barbecues Work and What Are the Benefits?

This is a question frequently asked by people new to barbecuing, but also by those died in the wool charcoal and gas burners. There was a time – well in the past now – that the answer would have been negative, but not now. Over the last ten years the electric barbecue grill has grown up. From data from my own website I can reveal that up to 75% of the enquiries received ask to be directed to our electric grill page.

The reason for this huge interest is mainly down to improvements made by the major manufacturers. The wattage of the electric elements is higher than earlier models, allowing a faster heat up and recovery time. This makes the grills good for the initial searing of food, the thermostat then takes care of the cooking.

In common with Weber grills and the Cobb grill, amongst others, electric barbeques tend to have a domed top. The top traps heat and hastens cooking. However, just like its gas and charcoal competitors, the electric barbecue will always benefit from a cooking spot sheltered from the wind. The average small domestic barbecue of the ‘kettle’ type has no insulation in the lid, so heat can be carried away with the breeze.

In terms of the benefits of owning an electric barbecue, there are many:

  • Electric barbeques do not produce the carbon monoxide that charcoal and gas burners do. This makes them safe to use indoors or in an enclosed area outside.
  • There are no open flames. This makes cooking much more controllable. With just a little care your sausage or steak will be perfectly done without the oily soot typical of an out of control charcoal or gas BBQ.
  • Running costs are lower than a comparable gas barbecue and you will never run out of fuel while your house or campsite has an electrical supply.
  • Electricity is more convenient, and much cleaner than charcoal.
  • Whether a Newbie or a seasoned barbecue expert you will find the electric barbecue to be an easy going (and relaxing) friend.

One thing to be aware of with electrical equipment of this type, is the supply voltage to which you are connecting. Domestic supplies in the UK are 230 Volts AC (VAC) and this makes it simple and safe to connect a 2400 watt device because 2400W @ 230VAC is only about 10.5 Amps, whereas 2400 Watts @ 120VAC is 20 Amps – Right on the upper limit if you have a 20 Amps supply, and way above what is possible if your supply is a standard 15 Amps. This is why you will find lower wattage barbecues and grills on United States sales sites. To avoid overloads, United States users should check to ensure that the grill they buy is manufactured to North American Electrical Standards.

Wherever you live, you will find that using an electric barbeque is an easy going experience that will produce your stress free barbecue food heaven. Quick and easy to get to temperature and easy to clean afterwards.

Reasons Why Electric Grills, Barbecues and Griddles Are So Popular

This year has been a real surprise to me, a bit of a record breaker really. This year’s sales of electric barbecues, grills and griddles, have beaten sales of charcoal and gas barbecues by a huge amount, a factor of x3+. These are my own figures, based on sales in the UK that may be different in other countries. Also, my figures are based on my own online figures, so do not include retail sales from supermarkets or other offline suppliers.

Regardless of all that, here in the UK we make our own choices, but our thought processes and decisions are very often swayed by the one thing that we cannot change – Our weather!

In spite of the weather, a whole lot of people are buying electric grills, barbecues and griddles, and there are many benefits. One benefit that most UK residents won’t realise we have, is the fact that our standard mains voltage is 230 volts. In the USA the standard mains voltage is 120 volts AC. If you plug in a 2000 watt electric griddle in the USA, it will use just over 16.6 amps, which is quite a lot. In the UK the same griddle (rated at 230volts) would use about 8.7 amps. This occurs because when you double the voltage you halve the amperage.

Higher mains voltage, as in the UK, Australia and many other countries, has many benefits. An electric barbecue grill will recover lost heat more quickly at higher voltage. Additionally, because higher voltage reduces the amperage a household grill or barbecue requires, cables can be thinner. If you look at large electric pylons, you’ll notice how thin the cables appear to be. This is partly because you are seeing them at a safe distance, and partly because the voltage in these power lines is well over 120,000 volts. This high voltage allows a massive amount of current to flow.

There are other absolutely excellent reasons for having an electric barbecue, grill or griddle. One reason, though not the most important, is that they are so cheap to buy! Here are a few more good reasons for owning one:

  • As already mentioned, the price
  • They can be used indoors regardless of the weather
  • They do not emit clouds of poisonous carbon monoxide gas
  • You will not suddenly find that you have no charcoal, or that the gas bottle is empty
  • Completely acceptable to be used on a balcony or patio where open flames may be banned

As well as standard grills, like for instance, the brilliantly functional George Foreman range, they also come in far more exciting designs and types. Andrew James has some fantastic electric grills, griddles and BBQ’s. Andrew James’ Red barbecue grill is a modern design masterpiece. Another fabulous electric grill that Andrew James has made incredibly popular is the Teppanyaki style grill / griddles. These grills are made mostly for indoor use, though they can be taken outside weather permitting. Teppanyaki style grills have extremely large cooking areas that would lose a lot of heat in windy conditions. Clearly, this is not an issue in still conditions or when used indoors.