How to choose the best BBQ: NZ buying guide

A backyard without a BBQ in New Zealand? Unthinkable. We take a look at the best types and brands available.

Last updated: 13 February 2024

A backyard without a BBQ in New Zealand? Unthinkable. BBQs aren't just for cooking; they're the MVPs of good times, turning regular days into delicious gatherings. 

Whether you're a seasoned barbecue enthusiast or a first-time buyer, we’ve put together a buying guide so your Kiwi home can be complete. It’s time to ignite that flame, turn up the heat and become the neighbourhood grilling pro.

Types of BBQs

Barbecues have come a long way from the days of simple backyard grills. Now, they’re more like sophisticated cooking appliances. Here are the main types you can choose from:

1. Charcoal BBQs

Charcoal BBQs will give a distinctly smoky flavour to your food. Ideal for slow cooking and smoking, the natural combustion of charcoal seriously improves the taste and texture of grilled dishes. Just keep in mind, lighting charcoal and waiting for it to reach the desired temperature can take time. 

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2. Gas BBQs

Gas BBQs are known for their rapid ignition, so you can start cooking almost instantly. And with adjustable heat settings, you have precise control over cooking temperatures, giving you consistent results. You’ll just need to keep a steady supply of gas, either through a gas line or portable gas cylinders.

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3. Portable BBQs

Portable BBQs are designed for easy transportation, making them ideal for camping trips, picnics, and beach outings. These usually come with quick assembly features, allowing you to set up and start grilling in no time. However, because of their compact nature, you will have limited cooking space compared to larger stationary models.

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4. Smoker BBQs

Want to experiment with unique smoky flavours? With smoker BBQs, you can impress your friends with different flavoured wood chips for different occasions. Designed for slow cooking at low temperatures, smoker BBQs are ideal for achieving tender, delicious results.

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Best BBQ brands in NZ

From the iconic Weber to the innovative Gascraft, here are our favourite NZ BBQ brands that really bring the sizzle:

1. Weber BBQs - the Kiwi favourite

Known for their durability, performance, and versatility, Weber BBQs have earned a special place in the hearts of Kiwi. From compact models for apartment living to large, premium grills for serious barbecues, Weber has a BBQ to suit.  

See our range of Weber BBQs.

2. Masport BBQs - style and function

Masport BBQs are masters of the flame. Synonymous with quality and innovation, they put focus on sleek design and advanced features. 

Browse all the best Masport BBQs.

3. Gasmate BBQs - reliable and efficient

Gasmate is an Australian brand that specialises in outdoor cooking and camping equipment, including barbecues (BBQs). The brand has a great reputation for reliability and efficient cooking performance. 

Explore the Gasmate range.

4. Jumbuck BBQs – affordable excellence

Jumbuck BBQs are the go-to choice for those seeking affordable yet high-quality grills. Despite being budget-friendly, this Aussie brand doesn’t compromise on performance. 

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5. Gascraft BBQs - innovating outdoor cooking

Gascraft BBQs are designed to truly elevate your outdoor cooking experience. With cutting-edge features and stylish designs, Gascraft BBQs are perfect for those who want a blend of innovation and aesthetics. 

Browse our range of Gascraft BBQs.

6. Matador BBQs - power and precision

Matador BBQs are known for their power and precision. These grills are ideal for serious barbecue enthusiasts who demand exceptional performance. 

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Essential BBQ accessories

Once you’ve chosen you’re perfect BBQ, here are the tools that every outdoor chef wants in their station:

  • Utensils: tongs, spatula, and grill brush for efficient and safe handling.

  • Thermometer: get that perfect doneness for juicy, flavourful results every time.

  • Basting brush: evenly distribute marinades, sauces, or oils for a delicious glaze.

  • Charcoal chimney starter: quickly light charcoal without lighter fluid.

New vs. used BBQs

If you’re keen on the latest features, customisation options, and the security of warranties, a new BBQ may be the perfect fit. But with a bit of due diligence, a second-hand BBQ can be a practical choice. As long as the previous owner has taken care of it, you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor cooking for a fraction of the price. 

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Tips for buying second-hand BBQs

  • Inspect it thoroughly: Check for rust, wear, and any signs of damage.

  • Ask about maintenance: Inquire about the BBQ's maintenance history.

  • Test it out: If possible, fire it up to make sure all parts are working properly.For gas barbecues, ensure it meets the required standards and has been tested by a licensed gasfitter.

BBQ maintenance 101

Once you have your new BBQ all set up, regular cleaning and maintenance is key. Here’s our advice:

  • Scrape off excess grease after each use using a grill brush. 

  • Inspect the burners on your gas BBQ and remove any blockages. This will make sure you always get even heat distribution. 

  • Clean the grates thoroughly, either with a specialised cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda for a natural approach. 

  • Periodically check gas lines and connections for leaks, tightening if necessary. 

  • Cover your BBQ when not in use to shield it from the elements, preventing rust and corrosion.

  • Seasonal maintenance might include a deeper clean, checking for wear on components, and lubricating moving parts.

Grill on!

Now that you're all clued up on BBQ types, cool brands, and must-have tools, you’re ready to choose the perfect fit for your backyard. From the smoky vibes of charcoal to gas grills' quick-start magic and the grab-and-go beach options, there's something for every vibe. Check out Trade Me listings to snag your dream BBQ.

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