As summer comes around there is nothing more satisfying than getting out your barbecue for an outdoor party with friends or family. This will provide entertaining relief from a week of work as well a chance to catch up with the latest doings with family and friends.
If you are planning a barbecue party then the most important item you should prepare is the barbecue itself. There are two main types for barbecues: the charcoal barbecues and the gas barbecue. The name very much gives away the two types of power, with the former utilising charcoal to cook the food, while the latter uses gas. Outdoor gas barbecues tend to be them more expensive of the two. The main reasons for this are that gas barbecues as it tends to have far superior cooking power, allowing you to cook food quicker. Furthermore, you can also adjust the heat easily for different types of food and allowing you much more control on how you cook your food. The overall use is much easier than a charcoal barbecue as most modern types of gas barbecues can be ignited by a button.
If you are using a charcoal barbecue then it is time to invest in a gas one. The initial cost maybe higher but there are ample benefits in comparison, with easier operation being the main advantage, so everyone can set up a gas barbecue. There is a gas barbecue from everyone on the market and for every budget too. This is mainly broken down to how many burners the barbecue, which will increase the number of people you can cook for. How many burners do you need? Well a simple rule is: a 2 burner barbecue will cook for at least 4 people, a 3 burner barbecue will cook for at least 6 and a 4 burner barbecue will cook for a party of 8 or more.
There are also a number of additional features that you can get on a barbecue that can affect the price. To start with the style of barbecue you require, such as a table top, a free standing or flat bed and also the material they are made from. There if you need a hood to cover your barbecue will need to be considered if you want to smoke food or keep it warm.
A side burner is also another option as this is ideal if you are looking at heating sauces or side dishes to complement your barbecue. In addition to this you could also choose to have a warming rack that will allow you to warm plates and also keep food warm. There is also a drip tray that will collect any fat that will run off and this will make cleaning so much easier. There are a large number of barbecue accessories to choose from so it would be best to look around at what different models offer before you purchase yours.
A gas barbecue can be used for much more than a garden party as some do say that cooking, in particular meat, on a gas barbecue is a much healthier way of cooking or frying.