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Best portable and mini barbecues

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Weber Smokey Joe Charcoal Barbecue
Weber Smokey Joe Charcoal Barbecue. Picture; B&Q

We’re well into barbecue season and I for one am sick of the sight of seeing ‘outdoor kitchens’ endorsed by the rich and famous costing nearly as much as a deposit on a house.

The so-called ‘generation rent’ usually lack the space to have a traditional barbecue, whether they have access to just a balcony or a back yard (for US readers, in NE England this is a small concrete space at the rear of terraced houses, not a full-blown garden).

That’s where these little beauties come in. Whether you want to use them in small spaces, or on the beach, there’s something to suit you here – obviously, follow the safety instructions!

Weber Smokey Joe Charcoal Barbecue, B&Q, £69
The Tuck ‘n’ Carry lid lock makes this 37cm diameter barbecue easy to transport. It has a porcelain enamelled bowl and lid, with plated steel cooking grate and heavy-gauge steel charcoal grate. The lid handle has a heat shield and there’s is also a briquette measuring cup, too, www.diy.com.

Whitstable Barbecue, Garden Trading, £25
This portable barbecue is inspired by stories of fishermen cooking their catch over buckets of coals on the beach – ingenious but simple, www.gardentrading.co.uk.

BBQ Toolbox, Smithers of Stamford, £67
If you’re cooking alfresco, get the right tool for the job, with a barbecue that looks like a classic metal toolbox. Folds up with a carrying handle for easy transportation to the park or beach. Unfolds to reveal a warming rack and storage tray. There’s an 8×15” stainless steel grill area, removable fuel tray for your charcoal, and adjustable vent to control the flow of oxygen. Made from steel and super high-temperature red paint, www.smithersofstamford.com.

Portable Barbecue Lifestyle Landscape, Annabel James, £54.95
A mini suitcase-style portable barbecue. Versatile and lightweight, it is ideal for camping or festivals. Comes emblazoned with the words ‘The Adventure Begins’. Boxed in a smart kraft box with vintage design, size 201 x 302 x 75mm, www.annabeljames.co.uk.

Gentlemen’s Hardware Barbecue Bucket, www.zavvi.com, £24.99
A portable, bucket-shaped barbecue that is ideal for picnics or taking to the beach. With a matte black bucket detailed with the phrase ‘King of the Grill’, it includes a metal cooking grill, fuel bowl and a handle with wood grip. All that’s needed is food and fuel and you’re ready to enjoy to go, www.zavvi.com.

Sherston Chimenea, Wyevale Garden Centres, £90
A two-piece chimenea featuring a removable top section and a cooking grill perfect for outdoor cooking barbecue style (diameter 41cm, height 106cm), www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk.

Fasa Oxidised Firepit, Wyevale Garden Centres, £60
Durable steel finish in a matt black high-temperature paint. Simple and easy to clean and includes a chrome plated cooking grill and ash tray. (diameter 56cm, height 40cm), www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk.

Portable BBQ Grill Briefcase – Red, Kikkerland, £67.72
This versatile portable charcoal grill just unfolds so you’ll be cooking in no time! The grill can accommodate cooking for two people. Mess-free ash catcher. Locks and closes securely for safe transport, www.kikkerlandeu.com.

Barbecue Bucket in Neon Pink (Brynlee), Out There Interiors, £55
A whole new take on the basic grilling bucket – in shocking pink! Diameter 28cm, height 26cm, www.outthereinteriors.com.

Star Wars BBQ Tongs, RED5, £24.95
Last but by no means least, barbecue tongs styled on Darth Vader’s lightsaber, complete with sound effects! The handle is made from heatproof plastic and when not in use they have a protective cover completing the lightsaber look, www.red5.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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