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Which? reveals the best gas BBQ for smoky flavours

Food cooked on a gas barbecue can taste great

Barbecued food infused with smoky flavour

Smoke is the key to a delicious barbecued flavour

Which? tests gas barbecues to reveal which ones can give your food an appetising barbecued flavour.

Some barbecue enthusiasts insist that only a charcoal grill can produce the authentic smoky taste they want. 

But gas grill manufacturers claim that their products include flavourising systems that can give food an authentic barbecued taste.

In our most recent barbecue test we tried out several different types of gas grill flavouring systems. Some systems produce a much more delicious barbecued taste than others.

Visit our barbecues review to find out which grills cook the most appetising food.  

Gas barbecue flavouring systems

When you cook on a traditional charcoal barbecue, fat drips down off your food, vapourising on the hot coals below to create smoke that gives your food a delicious barbecued flavour. 

Fat dripping down onto a naked gas flame tends to ignite, producing an unappetising oily soot on your food instead. So gas grill makers have developed several different systems for vapourising fat drips including lava rocks, infra-red grills and metal vapouriser bars or ‘flame tamers’ (metal burner-shields).

We tested all three of these systems in our test of nine gas barbecues from popular brands including Weber, Outback and Cadac. 

Lava rocks

Infra-red grill

Vapouriser bars and flame tamers

Gas barbecues on test

We found that one of the flavourising systems produced food that impressed us with an authentically char-grilled and deliciously smoky flavour. 

But one system was so prone to flare-ups that we struggled to avoid burning our food on it.

To find out which gas barbecue impressed in our tests visit our gas barbecue reviews

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