B&Co Al Fresco Smokeless BBQ Grill Review
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B&Co Al Fresco Smokeless BBQ Grill: Review

Of course, I mentioned on Monday this week is National BBQ week, but how do you celebrate if you don't have much room? Can you still get your BBQ on, while taking up as little space as possible and not have to rely on one-use kits from the supermarket? Or perhaps you love to camp and would be thrilled to be able to take your own BBQ with you? Then I have an idea for you.

B&Co Al Fresco Smokeless BBQ Grill: Review

The B&Co Al Fresco Smokeless BBQ Grill is said to be a smokeless, easy to clean (hello mostly dishwasher friendly BBQ) and able to be placed on a table top. Using a combination of batteries to provide airflow, this small BBQ will offer up to 100 minutes of cooking time on just 250 grams of charcoal (85% less than your conventional BBQ).

How Does it Perform?

Well I'm going to be honest (as always) we've only been able to try it out the once, it arrived with me a little over a week ago and as they wanted it up and out for National BBQ Week (totally understandable) we didn't get that much chance to play with it.

We had two issues with the BBQ, the first was it wouldn't light. You're meant to pop some BBQ lighter gel to the base of the main container, once this is lit, you then place the charcoal it isn't holder on top. However, after over an hour of trying and the breeze blowing it out, we ended up using a mix of gel and paper on top of the coals to finally get it alight.

There we hit the second issue. Now, the instructions say to expect a bit of smoke on first use, what we didn't expect was to send everyone in the houses around us running for cover as the smoke was so bad. This did calm down after around 10 minutes and was pretty minimal throughout the rest of the time of using it. In the long term, I would be interested to see what startup is like, when we manage to get it alight as instructed and without a strong breeze, as it could be those two situations added to together to make a less than normal startup experience.

I have to say that was however, the end of our issues. Once it was burning it was ready to use within minutes and we managed to cook 2 rounds of sausages and bacon, some veg and a burger and it still have a whole lot of cooking time left. One thing we all decided was good about this BBQ was the fan control system, this allowed you to turn up or down the heat, offering control you would never be able to have on most conventional BBQs.

There were 4 of us in our party and while it says it can cook for up to 6 people at once, I think depending on the ingredients you are using you may be pushing it to get 6 on, for instance we managed 4 rashers of bacon at one point, but it definitely wouldn't have taken any more.

Overall I think we were pretty impressed with the B&Co Al Fresco Smokeless BBQ Grill, it is definitely something we will try and use again (hopefully without those startup niggles), cooked everything well and gave us a long cooking time for the amount of charcoal that was used.

The B&Co Al Fresco Smokeless BBQ Grill can be bought from Robert Dyers and while it has an RRP of £99.99 they have it on offer for just £39.93, which I have to admit I would have no problem paying for this.

What do you think of the sound of the B&Co Al Fresco Smokeless BBQ Grill, does it sound like something you would like to try out? 

I received the products mentioned in this post free of charge, however, all opinions and thoughts are my own.


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    It looks very stylish and would make a great house warming present. A bargain at £40!

  2. Kimberly Meadows

    It looks great and I was thinking of getting one but don’t think I will now.

  3. Joan Cajic

    This is so for me, since i have no space for a huge barbecue grill and a nice small one is what I have been looking for. I like how stylish it looks too.

  4. Amber Myers

    Oo I need to try this out! I like that it’s smokeless. We grill a lot over the summer, so this would be used a lot.

  5. Margaret Gallagher

    Im liking this style – on the lookout for a new BBQ – might be just what i need

  6. Reesa Lewandowski

    Wow I never heard of this before. We live in a condo and can’t have grills, but I wonder if we could have this!

  7. Tara Pittman

    I like the small size. This would be great to take camping.

  8. Mo

    I like tha fact that it is small and portable and you can take it over to your friends/family’s houses.

  9. Jessica Joachim

    How cool is this little grill! This would be perfect for days we don’t want to use the big charcoal grill! I think I need one of these in my life now

  10. Andrea

    I love how honest you are about the bbq, and hope that when you get to use it again you don’t have those little hiccups you did have. I am glad that it cooked everything well.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I’m really hoping not as well – always the way with this sort of thing though when you have such a short time to try it – it is bound to be hard haha!

  11. Esse D

    The concept reminds of maybe an outdoor version of the George Foreman grill. If I can get the same smokey grilled taste with less of the hassle, I’m there!

  12. Casey

    Very cute little piece of gadget. Should be very popular in the summer.

  13. Joely Smith

    Its cute and I do like the color but I guess I am wondering why use this method over a regular BBQ? Why a need for smokeless? I love it when meat tastes smoky though so maybe it’s just me lol.

  14. Rose Ann Sales

    My family really loved having bbq at least once a week and it looks like a good one for us thanks for sharing this with us.

  15. Danielle

    That looks like a great size for people that don’t have a lot of room for a BBQ. I always have trouble lighting BBQs too.

  16. Yeah Lifestyle

    We are looking for a new BBQ and this al-fresco smokeless BBQ looks like what we need for this summer as it looks compact and easy to store as well.

  17. Rhian Westbury

    Oh this would work really well for us as we have a balcony and can’t have too much smoke out there as it’s a confined space x

  18. Alex Gladwin

    I was looking at these the other day as we don’t have a big garden and so this would be a great size for us. I like how compact it is. It’s good to hear that past those initial startup issues you haven’t run in to any other problems just yet. x

  19. Anosa

    Glad that after the two little niggles, it worked well. It sure does look like a fab piece of equipment, who doesn’t love a BBQ in the summer?

  20. Esther Irish

    I need a grill! This looks like a nice, portable one to have.

  21. Gemille Sleweon

    I like the idea of the smokeless grill because it wont leave the smoke smell on your clothes however, does the food still have a smoky taste? I wouldn’t mind getting this.

  22. Ronnie

    Looks really great for picnics and camping! How many burgers can you cook in one go? We’re a large family full of impatient eaters. 🙂

  23. Natalia

    I need this! It will be perfect for the balcony in my apartment.

  24. Jessica Taylor

    This product is genius! So glad I am seeing this post in time for Father’s Day!

  25. Gisele

    This looks like it would be easier than traditional grills. Not having to deal with coals is a big plus!

  26. Jeanine

    I love the size and look of this grill. Looks very neat and useful!

  27. James Travis

    Looks easier than other grills

  28. Nisha

    this is so handy… especially smokeless. I must have it haha.

  29. Sara Welch

    This is such a nice and convenient little grill. I would love using one!

  30. Carrie Liu

    This looks amazing!! I love BBQ and a smokeless grill just makes it so much practical! The grill looks really sleek too.

  31. Acupofassamtea

    What a lovely review. I am tempted to get one. Looks cute too.

  32. Helen at Casa Costello

    Your post has come at just the right time for us – we had to throw our old bbq out as it had collapsed inside itself (overuse obviously!). This is such a bargain.

  33. Erin S

    What a neat little grill. Perfect for camping

  34. alice lightning

    fabulous looking bbq blimey you could see what youre cooking without getting smoked out so great for the smaller gardens

  35. What Corinne Did

    One thing I don’t like about BBQ is the smoke so this would be perfect! and so easy to carry as well!


    Wow a smokeless BBQ sounds like a great idea. I hate smelling of smoke after cooking the food. Shame about the niggles but at least now you are aware of what works x

  37. Catalina

    This bbq grill seems to be the perfect summer grill for my family. Easy to use and not too big!

  38. Liz T

    It looks very compact. A great design.

  39. Nigel Soper

    BBqs always look better on paper than 5 minutes after use; a dishwasher friendly BBQ is great idea if it really works.

  40. Kim Styles

    might be too small for our family – we tend to have big BBQ meals and I quite like a bit of smoke it makes it authentic

  41. Emma

    Oooh, I think my husband would LOVE that! It’d make a great birthday present.

  42. Anonymous

    my partner keeps saying he wants to barbecue (despite me not eating most barbecue food haha) so I’m sure he’d love something like this

  43. Jenni

    That’s not a bad price whilst on offer. Hope it’s not as smoky next time x

  44. Emily Leary

    This looks great if outside space is an issue or if the BBQ is only for a small number of people! I like that fact that it comes in a small bag so perfect for camping trips!

  45. Leslie Hernandez

    Wow this looks so amazing and convenient. You can literally take it anywhere with you and I like that it comes with a bag 🙂 and for the price is perfect.

  46. carol boffey

    yummy i love bbqs

  47. David B

    Thanks for the review! The barbecue looks pretty good!

  48. Jeanette Leighton

    This looks great would be perfect for summer in the garden

  49. sarahjane24carter

    I think I need to invest in one of these x

  50. Georgia Boanoro

    What a cool bbq, it looks very nice, it’s efficient and has an awesome price! I need it asap!!!

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