Buying a BBQ brings with it a lot of discovery over the different features you can have and deciding on which of those features are the best for your needs. This article should give you some good pointers if you want the best BBQ that comes with lava rocks. Lava rocks are placed on a grate above your BBQ burners and serve a couple of main purposes. One is to hold and distribute the heat from your burners evenly so your food gets a better overall cooking. The other is to help catch and burn all those lovely meaty juices dripping from your food. This stops the burners and the rest of the barbecue getting dirty and also helps create smoke adding to the flavour of your food.
Not all gas barbecues are compatible with lava rocks, so here we look at three of the best BBQs that have lava rocks and are available in 2017.
The Outback Meteor gas BBQ with lava rocks costs around £400 and comes with four cast iron gas burners and a large family size cooking area (63.5 x 42 cm). The BBQ stands out from others with its bright red finish on the hood and front panels to contrast with the black and stainless steel on the sides. The included lava rocks will add that BBQ finish to all your cooking.
The Outback Meteor grilling area is split between a traditional grill and a griddle/ hot plate so you how loads of options for cooking different meats, kebabs and accompaniments. The hot plate can also be used for things like pancakes or a cooked breakfast making it easy to use for any meals you want to enjoy outside.
Along with the independently operated 4 burners under the hood, there is a side burner that is great for heating of side dishes to go with your BBQ food. The side burner has a cover so can easily be used as an extra prep area along with the shelf on the other side of the BBQ.
To finish off this Outback Meteor barbecue has a porcelain-enamelled hood with integrated thermometer, front panel drawer, and a chrome-plated warming rack. It really is a fantastic gas barbecue that you need to consider.
Amazon customers are happy with their purchase:
“This was a present to my son. He was very pleased and on my last visit we had a BBQ and everything was done beautifully. He is something of an expert with BBQ’s and he said it was really good at cooking slowly and then faster to finish.”
“Took time to assemble but really solid and works perfectly”
This BBQZ Hooded 6 burner gas barbecue costs around £380 and again is packed full of features. With a more traditional looking wooden frame, this BBQ will definitely match with your back garden furniture. The large wheels for transport help you to move it around the garden and store away quickly at the end of the season.
6 burners mean you can cook pretty much anything you want and just like the Outback above it has a large cooking area (78 x 42 cm) that is split between griddle and grill. With this flexibility, you can get going on all the meat and accompaniments you need without having to cook half of it in the kitchen first.
The wooden side tables are of a good size and so will give you extra room to prep or store utensils and crockery for handy plating up of the BBQ food. The hood doesn’t have an integrated thermometer so you will need to keep a careful eye on how your food is cooking. However, if you need a good quality BBQ with all the basics and a large grill area for big parties this could be the one for you.
As with all the BBQs in this article, lava rocks are included in the price and the BBQ is designed to integrate them easily into the set-up.
The Outback Spectrum is the lowest cost BBQ mentioned here, costing around £300. If you are looking for a lower cost but still decent BBQ with lava rocks then this could be the one for you.
This BBQ comes with 3 burners all made of cast iron for long lasting cooking. The cooking area is split like the others into a grill and griddle/ hot plate so you can still cook a wide variety of food on the BBQ. The cooking area is 63.4 x 42 cm with enough space for smaller parties or a family of 4 to do all their food at once.
The BBQ is good quality with a porcelain-enamelled hood that includes a handy warming rack for storing cooked food while preparing the rest. The BBQ has blond wood shelves to each side and handy hooks for hanging utensils so they are easily to hand.
While this BBQ is missing the extra burners, and side burner the other two more expensive BBQs discussed above have, it is a great option for those on a tighter budget and does pack a lot of punch for its price.
As to the assembly, take a look at this quote from a happy customer:
“Excellent well made and thought out barbeque, clear instructions on how to put it together, took me 2 hours to build and test”
Best BBQ with Lava Rocks Round-Up
All three barbecues are able to handle lava rocks, but not all barbecues are alike. Depending on what you can afford the Outback Meteor really is king of the barbecues. The Meteor offers the most in looks and features and comes with a price tag to match. The BBQZ 6 Burner has the most burners for the most control and a moderate price tag. The lowest cost BBQ with lava rocks is the Outback Spectrum. While it has the least cooking space and features it is still a great BBQ with plenty to offer.