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Selecting the Right Barbecue

Nothing says summertime like a perfectly barbecued meal. Make your outdoor cooking experience sizzle with a quality barbecue that meets your grilling needs.

 
The Basics

When purchasing a new barbecue, take the time to consider the following questions:

  • How often will you be using the barbecue?
  • On average, how many people will you be cooking for?
  • What is your available budget?

Heating Up
Heat output is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units) – the higher the BTUs, the hotter the grill potential. A hotter grill typically means you'll have more control over the temperature of the barbecue, which will give you greater cooking flexibility and precision.

BTUs

Look for this BTUs icon when shopping for your grill to find the heat level that’s right for you!

Selecting a grilling surface size to suit your cooking needs is an important decision. Whether you’re cooking for family or entertaining a larger group, you want to have the right amount of space. This can be a difficult to visualize, so we show easy-to-understand burner and burger count icons on our BBQs (burger count based on a 4x4 burger).

Grill surface size

Brands
Going with a top brand is something to consider when purchasing your BBQ. Most customers choose Weber or Broil King (they’re the #1 and #2 brands of choice with Canadians). The Home Depot sells more Weber grills than anyone else in Canada, and we’re also recognized for our selection of national brands like Brinkmann and Broil-Mate, and exclusive brands like Stok.


Barbecue Grill Selector
We have the BBQ to satisfy your appetite for outdoor cooking! Use our Barbecue Grill Selector to choose the model that's right for you.

Barbecue Grill Selector

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Your Options

Propane barbecue grill

Propane Barbecues
Propane gas barbecues heat up quickly and provide a high level of BTUs for cooking. They are also available with multiple burners with individual temperature controls, allowing you to simultaneously cook different foods at different temperatures. Gas grills make it easier to select and maintain precise temperature control. Added features include temperature indicators, side burners, back burners and storage cabinets. Propane gas barbecues are easy to clean, easy to use, and can be counted on to produce the same kind of flame every time.

Natural gas barbecue grill

Natural Gas Barbecues
Like propane-fuelled barbecues, natural gas barbecues heat up quickly and typically have the highest BTUs for cooking. Natural gas barbecues require a natural gas line connection to your grill for setup, and are also available with side and back burners, temperature indicators and storage cabinets. The greatest benefit of natural gas barbecues is the readily available, endless supply of fuel. Unlike propane gas barbecues, which need to be refilled, you'll never have to worry about running out of fuel in the middle of cooking when you have a natural gas barbecue.

Charcoal barbecue grill

Charcoal Barbecues
For the barbecuing enthusiast, the charcoal barbecue is a great choice. This is because it can cook foods at high temperatures to seal in juices, or low and slow to create the authentic smoky flavour many people love. When compared to gas grills, charcoal units take longer to heat up; however, this is often seen as a benefit to many grillers as they enjoy the art of getting the temperature just right.

Portable barbecue grill

Portable Barbecues
If you're looking for a barbecue for camping and tailgate parties, consider a portable model. Their compact designs offer flexibility and convenience without sacrificing quality.

FREE BBQ Assembly

We’ll assemble any BBQ over $299 when you purchase it in-store.

Accessorize

Teach your grill new tricks, with just the right BBQ accessories.

Remote digital BBQ thermometer Remote Digital
Thermometer

This deluxe remote wireless thermometer monitors your cooking progress and lets you know when dinner is ready, allowing you to spend more time with your guests.
Stainless steel chicken roaster for BBQ Stainless Steel Chicken Roaster
Capture the delicious flavour of perfectly cooked beer-can chicken with this simple yet effective roaster.
GrillPro 8-piece deluxe BBQ tool set GrillPro 8-Piece Deluxe
Tool Set

A premium stainless steel 8-piece tool set for the outdoor chef.
Rib rack Rib Rack
To feed a crowd, maximize grill space by standing up racks of ribs or chicken quarters in this dishwasher-safe rib rack.
Apple wood chips for barbecue Apple Wood Chips
A natural, easy way to add smoky flavour to all your outdoor meals.
Stainless steel barbecue smoker box Stainless Steel Smoker Box
Fill this smoker box with wood chips and place in your grill to add a wonderful smoked flavour to your barbecue meal.
Non-stick barbecue griddle Non-Stick Griddle
You can use a griddle on your barbecue for more than just cooking bacon and eggs. Grilled sandwiches are a quick and tasty meal and grilled cheese is a classic. All of these are simple and easy to prepare on your griddle.
Stainless steel kebob set Stainless Steel Kebob Set
The stainless steel rack eliminates the hassle of transporting kebabs to and from the grill. No more soaking wooden skewers – simply prepare your food using the stainless steel skewers provided, place them on the rack, and you're set.
 
Maximizing Your Grill

Some of the most popular barbecue features include:

  • Temperature indicators - Allow you to accurately monitor grill temperatures.
  • Multiple burners and individual burner controls - Provide additional cooking space and the option to simultaneously cook different foods at different temperatures.
  • Back burners or a rotating spit - A great option for roasting or barbecuing meat.
  • Side burners - A convenient place to prepare sauces and side dishes.
  • Storage cabinets - Provide extra space for utensils, covers, etc.

Seasoning Cast-Iron BBQ Grates

  • Wash in hot soapy water.
  • Once the grates are dry, oil them with melted solid vegetable shortening.
  • Bake the grates at 180°C for one hour.
  • Once the grills have cooled, store them uncovered in a dry place.
  • Perform these steps every 3 to 6 months, depending on how often you use your barbecue.

In a Nutshell

Barbecue Grill Features to Look For Points to Consider
GAS/PROPANE
  • Side burners
  • Rotisserie
  • Multiple burners
  • Cast iron grates
  • Stainless steel components
  • Individual burner controls
  • Temperature indicator
  • Deep ovens
  • Built-in lights for late night grilling
  • Propane sensors
  • Use propane or natural gas
  • Heat up quickly
  • Multiple burners cook different foods simultaneously
  • Drip pans help prevent flare-ups
  • Easy cleanup
CHARCOAL
  • Ash catcher
  • Porcelain enameled lid and base
  • Easy-to-adjust vents
  • No-rust parts
  • Hinged cooking grates
  • Heat-resistant handles and wheels
  • Economical
  • Handles and wheels provide maneuverability
  • Takes more time to heat up
  • Can be messy
  • Need to replenish coals
  • Can be used as a smoker
  • Chimney-style starter
PORTABLE
  • Portable fold-up cart
  • Commercial-grade aluminum or stainless steel body
  • Economical
  • Handles and wheels provide maneuverability
  • Available in both propane and charcoal models
 
BBQ Know-How

Whether you have a small charcoal grill or a large, multi-burner propane BBQ, we've got a wide selection of BBQ covers for hassle-free protection.

We also carry BBQ replacement parts, including burners, igniter kits and grates.

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