How to select a good quality barbecue

What to look for in a quality barbecue

As we say in Vietnam, “Tiền nào của nấy” (you get what you pay for). Saigon BBQs’ products are a little more expensive than the Chinese manufactured alternatives for a good reason. The quality is of our products is superior. However, sometimes it’s not obvious what makes a quality barbecue different from a ‘cheapie’. Whether you buy one of our products or not, we genuinely hope that you will invest in a barbecue grill that will last long and perform well for you. After all, your steaks and your stomach both deserve the best.

In this post we hope to give you a few tips as to help you differentiate the good from the bad and the ugly.

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Gas or charcoal, which is better?

Charcoal or gas, which is a better barbecue fuel?

An important question when you’re choosing a barbecue is whether to go for charcoal fuel or gas. At the end of the day, if you can’t make up your mind, you can always hedge your bets and buy the Chameleon which runs on either. But most people will land on one side or the other. Of course, there’s no right/wrong side of this debate, just different advantages and disadvantages to be weighed up. Here are some tips to help you choose the barbecue which is right for you.

Temperature Control and Timing

One issue that’s worth considering is control. A charcoal barbecue takes a while to heat up and then, once the coals are glowing, you have a limited time period in which to cook your food. If you use too much charcoal then your food may cook too quickly, too little and your food will dry out as it sits on the low heat. A gas-fuel barbecue, on the other hand, is hot within minutes when you need it to be, and you can adjust the temperature easily as you need to.

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How to cook great steak on your gas barbecue from Saigon BBQs

How to cook a good steak

Choosing the right meat

There’s a lot of work to producing good quality steak which happens a long time before it gets to market. Breeding, the way cattle are grazed, what they are feed, even the way that the animals are slaughtered prior to butchering are all factors that play an important role in making your steak taste good or not. For the most part, these things are beyond our control. However, if you have a reliable source of quality meat then it’s good to shop at a place you can trust.

Selecting the right cut

The next most important step is deciding which cut to buy. If you can’t differentiate between the various cuts of meat then you might be tempted to buy the cheapest one. Try to resist that temptation. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Here’s a simple guide to help you identify the different cuts:

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