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Get yourself equipped with the necessary kit.

I can vouch for everything on this page as it’s what I use myself. You can certainly splash out on all manner of fancy equipment but with the items below and your normal kitchen utensils you can cook most barbecue styles with ease.

getting started

Weber Kettle

Weber Kettle

A great all-rounder by the company that introduced the kettle grill. Set it up direct or indirect and expand your grilling options.

Thermapen Mk4

Thermapen Mk4

This is second in the list for a reason. Given all the variables when it comes to cooking over a fire, there’s only one way to check your food is cooked correctly.

Restaurant Charcoal

Restaurant Charcoal

Lumpwood charcoal is the best all-round fuel – more user friendly than wood and without the additives of briquettes. Avoid buying a bag of dust and get this.

Chimney Starter

Chimney Starter

There really is no excuse for using lighter fluid – just fill up the top with charcoal and light some newspaper underneath. No chemicals required anywhere near your food.

Welders' Gauntlets

Welders' Gauntlets

Be careful out there! These may seem like health and safety gone mad but, for less than a fiver, you can keep yourself well protected.

Tongs

Tongs

There’s an almost never-ending array of barbecue utensils available, but a decent set of tongs are the only ones I use regularly.

getting serious

Weber Smoky Mountain

Weber Smoky Mountain

If you really want to get into low and slow cooking, a must for briskets and pulled pork, this smoker will make your life easy.

Meat Thermometer

Meat Thermometer

Do you really need two thermometers? Well, probably – use this to monitor the meat’s internal temperature while it cooks and know exactly when it’s ready.

Wood Chips

Wood Chips

Charcoal is user friendly but it isn’t going to impart much flavour. Throw on some woodchips of your choice from the guys and Smokewood Shack.

Foil Pans

Foil Pans

These are always useful to have around. Split your grill for indirect cooking, catch drips to keep things clean or stop small snacks falling through the grate.

Disposable Gloves

Disposable Gloves

Whatever cooking method, it makes sense to be food safe. I like to adopt the one-glove ‘clean hand, dirty hand’ technique.

Injector

Injector

It may seem a bit advanced but injecting liquid into larger cuts of meat adds flavour and really helps them stay moist through a long cook.

books

Franklin Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue

Aside from the discovery of fire, few things have made an impact on the world of barbecue like Central Texas brisket. People wait hours for Aaron Franklin’s.

Wicked Good Barbecue

Wicked Good Barbecue

Learn what extraordinary lengths a Grand Champion competition barbecue team will go to in order to impress the judges in a single bite.

Meathead

Meathead

From the founder of AmazingRibs.com, this book delves into the science of all things barbecue and debunks a lot of the myths that surround this cooking art.

Pitt Cue Co.

Pitt Cue Co.

The London-based smokehouse of the same name delivers its UK-centric take on barbecue classics, along with an extensive compendium of whiskey beverages.

The Barbecue Bible

The Barbecue Bible

A major source of inspiration for this website with information, techniques and hundreds of recipes inspired by barbecue regions across the world.

Salt Lick Cookbook

Salt Lick Cookbook

The Texas institution shares the secrets of brisket, ribs and pulled pork alongside a heap of recipes for good, honest, Southern comfort food.

travel resources

Panasonic Lumix G7

Panasonic Lumix G7

The majority of photos on this website are taken with this Compact System Camera which also shoots 4K video and wirelessly transfers to your phone.

Skyscanner

Skyscanner

With so many options to customise your flight search this really has become my go-to when planning and booking trips – barbecue related or not!

Pocket Notebook

Pocket Notebook

One of the best ways to improve your barbecue is to keep a journal and record details of each cook, as well taking notes while you’re on the road.

Airbnb

Airbnb

Hotel rooms can be pretty soulless so I prefer Airbnb. They’re usually much better value and, if you’re lucky, you might find a place with a backyard BBQ!

Bose QC20

Bose QC20

They’re a little pricey but an absolute game-changer when you’re racking up the miles, be it planes, trains or automobiles. They’re also super compact.

Uber

Uber

It’s not without controversy, but if you’ve got a lot of barbecue joints to visit while you’re in town it’s hard to ignore the convenience.

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