Fire up the barbecue!

Barbecues come in all price ranges. If you want an affordable one that is also good quality, here’s what you should be paying

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From the September/October 2015 issue of the magazine.

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Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 1.24.01 PMA beer in one hand and a spatula in the other…does anything say “summer” more? Look for a BBQ that’s about $400 and made in North America, so you can easily replace parts, says Jason Rees, pitmaster at Baju BBQ in Toronto. Spend more, and you’ll have brag-worthy features like a rotisserie and infrared burners, but spend less and the grill will produce uneven heat that’s hard to cook on: “You’ll have three that are raw and three that are medium.” Avoid buying BBQs sold in grocery stores—they’re typically manufactured overseas. “After a year or two you have burners that don’t work,” Rees says, “and a $500 doorstop.”





One comment on “Fire up the barbecue!

  1. I would have to disagree. Overseas products does not mean they are made cheaply or that they have no repair parts. Many bbq companies go overseas to save on labour costs so they are able to produce a higher quality product for a lower cost to the end consumer. Even Napoleon has started doing this. A good thing to look at is their warranty. If they are prepared to stand behind their product, they know it is a good product. I also recommend going into a speciality bbq store. The sales people know which bbqs are coming in for repairs the most and what products are easy to get parts for. Just because you pay $400 for a bbq does not mean you are getting a better product than a $100 bbq. Doing your homework and spending a little more may mean less bbqs bought in your life and an easier, hotter surface to grill on.


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