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Is the £350 Aldi Kamado Egg barbecue any good?

We check out Aldi's ceramic Japanese-style outdoor kamado oven

Is the £350 Aldi Kamado Egg barbecue any good?

Rival brands of kamado-style barbecues can cost up to around £1,000, but Aldi’s Kamado Egg barbecue is quite a lot cheaper. We took a first look to see how it performed.

Story update: 23 April 2020 – Aldi’s Kamado Egg barbecue is back and goes on sale on 26 April 2020, available online only. You can spot it in Aldi’s leaflets from 23 April.

Although we don’t usually test Aldi barbecues, as they’re only available for a limited time, we did manage to get our hands on the Aldi Kamado barbecue oven, which goes on sale on aldi.co.uk on 30 April 2020. We tried it out at home so we could bring you our first impressions.

Read our first look review of the Aldi Kamado Egg barbecue to see how we found it, or try Which? Gardening magazine for expert advice on buying garden accessories like barbecues and how to keep your garden looking lush.

Aldi Kamado Egg barbecue

Aldi is targeting upmarket foodies with this handsome ceramic barbecue. Be warned that if a gas barbecue is equivalent to GCSE-level grilling, then a Kamado Egg is a PhD. It’s aimed at those who are deeply into barbecuing and want to replicate the smoky, rich flavours of the barbecues of the USA’s southern states.

You’ll need to spend time learning how to control the cooking temperature using the air vents, and watching YouTube videos to learn the art of perfectly smoking brisket or cooking pulled pork.

The Aldi model looks similar to rival models that cost a lot more money, such as the Kamado Joe and the Green Egg. When we tried it at home, we were impressed with how well it cooked chicken wings and pork shoulder steaks.

Read our first look of the Aldi Kamado Egg barbecue to see how we got on.

What is a kamado barbecue?

Kamado barbecues are based on Japanese cooking urns that are believed to have originated 3,000 years ago. They are usually made of ceramic and are designed to last a lifetime. The ceramic body has great insulation properties to hold in the heat. In general, they are great at smoking and roasting, as well as cooking pizzas and also searing meat at high temperatures. Foodies love them for the superb-tasting food they produce and the versatility of how they can be used. The only downer is the price, although a high-end gas barbecue doesn’t cost much less.

Read our reviews of other barbecues and see how the Aldi Kamado egg barbecue compares.

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