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?