Advantages Cheap, easy to store, simple to use
Disadvantages Small cooking area, only last about an hour
The weather has been pretty dismal so far this year, but as a big lover of barbecues I did have a little one over the weekend. I have had an old Sainsbury's disposable barbecue in my shed since November last year, when I picked it up in my local store on offer at £2:50.
The Sainsbury's disposable barbecue is available at most stores, and as I live within a 5 minute walk of my local store it comes in very handy for things like this. The normal cost of one of these barbecues is £2:99, but they are very often on offer, and so can be picked up cheaper, quite often as a buy 2 for £5 deal.
The main reason that I use one of these is as an addition to my gas barbecue, so that I can cook food for my wife on the disposable one, and cook my food on my gas barbecue. I do this because she is a vegetarian, and so this is a very easy way of making absolutely certain that her meat free food has not come into any contact with any of my meat.
The disposable barbecue is basically a foil tray with a wire mesh at the top. Under the wire mesh there is a reasonable amount of charcoal, and also a flammable piece of card, which is used to accelerate the lighting process, and get the coals burning well. It is simply just a case of lighting the piece of card using a match or a lighter, and then leaving it for a few minutes whilst the coals heat up.
I generally place my disposable barbecue on a small pile of bricks so that it is elevated, and so easy to reach to cook the food. If you were to just lace it on the grass, it would burn the grass, and likewise if you put it onto plastic garden furniture it would melt the plastic.
These barbecues are quite small, but they are fine for cooking food for 1 or 2 people on. They heat up very quickly, and last for over an hour before they start to cool down again, so it is best to have everything prepared before lighting it. The heat is fairly evenly spread, but the centre of the barbecue tends to be the hottest area as you might expect. The fumes are very minimal, just a few flames and fumes when it is first started up, but after that there are no real fumes other than the fumes from the food cooking.
The benefits to these disposable barbecues are that they are cheap to buy, easy to store, quick to get started, and simple to use. We often take them to the beach or to a park and cook up a nice treat for ourselves on a sunny day. They are ideal for thin cuts of meat, such as burgers, sausages, kebabs or pork chops, but they are not all that suitable for thick cuts of steak, as the meat would struggle to cook through correctly in time before the heat started to fade.
Overall I find these barbecues very handy indeed, and I will be looking out for them to be on offer again, and will grab some ready for when we get some decent barbecue weather!
Thanks for Reading.
© L500589 2012
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