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Top three best charcoal barbecues

If you love the smokey flavour of food cooked on a charcoal barbecue then you're in luck; we've rounded up our favourite three to make choosing the right charcoal grill for you easy as 1-2-3. 

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Top three charcoal barbecues

We take our grilling really seriously. Every barbecue we review has been sent through a series of strict lab testing to see how easy it is to build, move and use. We then light up each grill to see how they are to use and have an expert chef assess the cooking ability of each grill. 

Here we recommend the grills that cook up the most succulent, well cooked fare; no matter which of the three you choose, you'll easily cook delicious food.


For succulent, smoky food, this high-quality kettle-style barbecue is a great choice. It’s easy to use and comes with plenty of useful features including adjustable air vents, a temperature gauge and a removable ash collector.


It may be towards the pricey end of the spectrum, but this charcoal barbecue’s cooking ability is sure to impress. It’s easy to use and cooks delicious, chargrilled food. The cooking area is a little on the small side though, so it isn’t ideal for feeding big groups.


This is the one to buy if you're a barbecue purist who believes that only a charcoal grill can give you an authentic barbecue-grilled taste. It's well-made and has a range of useful features that undoubtedly contribute to the high quality of the food it cooks, while also making it a joy to use.

And one barbecue to avoid

This grill might not be to everyone's tastes, and while it isn't a bad model, you'd be better off with one of our top three recommended barbecues. 


This charcoal barbecue conjures up visions of an American-style barbecue. The large cooking surface and adjustable charcoal tray make this grill both versatile and great for feeding a big group of guests. We've tested and reviewed this grill to see if it was able to cook up a delicious barbecued meal. And while it was pretty good at grilling, it may not be to everyone's taste. Read on to find out why.

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We test thousands of products every year, from electric toothbrushes to cars. When testing barbecues in our lab, we assess far more than just how quickly and effectively they cook.

We assemble them first, looking at how well built and sturdy they are, as well as checking out how easy each barbecue is to move and store. Once they are lit, we see how long they take to warm up, how easy they are to use and how well they cook, before finishing up with the tricky business of getting them clean again.

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