Caroline learns that big barbecues are big business…
When we first rented a villa in Florida many years ago we were wowed by the size and sophistication of the gas barbecue provided for us. Our barbecue at home was a cheap affair, just big enough to juggle a few sausages and a burger or two and involved charcoal, lighter fluid and a large dose of bad language from my husband if it didn’t light easily!
Fast forward 15 years and it seems we are not alone in having upgraded our barbecue ideas. A few years ago, we paid a few hundred pounds for a Weber gas barbecue, similar to but smaller than the ones we have grown to love in Florida. However, according to the Times this weekend sales of top-end barbecues have soared by 700% in the last five years in the UK. Four figure prices are no longer unusual and those with ceramic cooking chambers are sworn by amongst several top chefs.
If you have £3745 to burn (rather than just the sausages) you could entertain the whole street in one sitting: the XXL version of the Big Green Egg is big enough to cook a whole sucking pig. Needless to say this giant of a barbie is made in America.
Whatever barbecue you have, it looks as if this week is going to be ideal weather for dusting it off – enjoy!
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