National BBQ Week: The Items You Need for the Perfect Cookout This Summer

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Get ready for BBQ season and take advantage of those summer nights this year with our extensive range of BBQs and accessories!

With long nights approaching, it is time to start preparing for garden for outdoor socialising and, of course, barbecues - the way to enjoy al fresco dining!

National BBQ Week is taking place in the UK from 30th May - 6th June, so whether you are planning to fire up the old-family grill or looking forward to your first experience of grilling, this is your guide to all the essentials you will need from barbecues to expert-recommended tools.

The Best Barbecues

If you are cooking for a large family, the Grillstream Gourmet Hybrid Gas and Charcoal Barbecue - Stainless Steel (4 Burner & 6 Burner) could be the perfect BBQ for you. Compact and efficient, both models have double-skinned hoods with a glass-viewing panel and built-in thermometer. It is easy to use and long-lasting.

What is more amazing about this barbecue is its unique dual fuel system that allows you to cook your food using gas or charcoal.

If you decide to cook with charcoal, simply place charcoal briquettes on the charcoal trays. The charcoal can then be lighted using the gas burners below the trays instead of lighter fluid. If you run out of charcoal mid-cooking, you can either pause to refill the trays or continue to cook using gas. Whether or not you choose to cook with gas or charcoal, you will still benefit from the Grillstream grill system, which runs away from the burners to prevent flare-ups and a large amount of cleaning.


Grillstream Gourmet 4 Burner Hybrid Gas and Charcoal Barbecue - Stainless Steel


Grillstream Gourmet 6 Burner Hybrid Gas and Charcoal Barbecue - Stainless Steel

It also includes a warming rack, griddle plate, and integral side burner with steak shelf along with a FREE hose & regulator. The storage cabinet provides practical space and lockable castors hold the BBQ in place, providing easy manoeuvrability.

Another high-quality BBQ is the luxurious Draco Grills Z640 Deluxe 6 Burner Stainless Steel Gas Barbecue with Cabinet, which takes al fresco dining to a whole new level at the touch of button. A perfect component to create your own modular outdoor kitchen with other pre-built components (e.g. outdoor fridges, cupboards, sink & tap units) and great for using at large parties, this powerful gas barbecue is great for using at parties thanks to its large cooking area and is guaranteed to give your outdoor dining experiences the wow-factor. 

Draco Grills Z640 6 Burner Gas Barbecue

Made of 430 commercial grade stainless steel, this gas barbecue is designed to ensure maximum performance with its six stainless steel tubular burners that will deliver a heat output of 90000 BTU (12500 BTU per main burner and 15000 BTU for rear burner). It also has LED lights, which makes it easier for you to cook in the dark.

The Best Barbecue Tools and Accessories

To get the best out of your BBQ, it is a good idea to invest in a few useful tools and accessories to make your grilling experience easier. Here are our picks of the best BBQ tools for 2022.

When you are cooking on your BBQ, you need to be able to flip food safely to avoid burns and your regular kitchen utensils might not be long enough to maintain a safe distance from the heat. We would recommend long-handled tongs with metal tips, such as the Grillstream Gourmet Barbecue Tongs and BeefEater Professional Stainless Steel Barbecue Tongs, in case of flare-ups.

Once the fun is over, it is important to carry out some routine maintenance on your BBQ to ensure it stays in excellent condition and avoid grease build-up or damage from ash or the weather. Keep your BBQ under a cover when not in use to protect it from the elements and don’t leave the grill dirty until the next time you want to use it – use a cleaning brush to get rid of the toughest grime and burnt-on food.


If you would more information about our BBQs and accessories, please feel free to contact our dedicated Customer Service team on 0118 3800 381 or

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