What better country than Singapore to enjoy endless summer days barbecuing with family and friends? You’ll already be set for meat, thanks to our guide to the best butchers in Singapore, so we’re here to give you the lowdown on the top stores to buy the main event – your barbecue! Whether you call it a braii, a barbie, a grillen, churrasco or a cook-out, one thing is universally agreed: meat just tastes better when cooked over a flame or grilled on a barbecue. We’re seeing a whole lot of juicy steaks, sizzling sausages and organic salads in your future. Barbecuing can be a passionate subject (just ask any guest who has tried to get between your husband and his BBQ), so we’ve taken our task very seriously to source for the best barbecues in Singapore . Not just any old barbie will do…
BBQ Warehouse stocks the ‘fillet steak’ of barbecues – everything from the très popular and easy-to-use gas grills, to the traditional charcoal models for the purist looking for an authentic smokey flavour. Brands include Swiss Grill, Weber, SMOKIN PRO, ProQ, BBQ Buddy and BeefEater.
Prices range from $150 for a starter Weber charcoal grill, to $6,840 for the mother of all barbecues: the Swiss commercial-grade rotisserie. If you’ve done your homework you can buy online, or give them a call and visit the showroom for a guided tour (it’s only open by appointment). BBQ Warehouse also stocks accessories and a range of outdoor furniture that not only looks chic but suited to our tropical lifestyle (it’s waterproof!). And once you’ve had your barbie of choice delivered, check out BBQ Warehouse’s tips on how to cook the perfect steak to your guest’s taste (rare to medium and well-done), plus delish recipes. Prawn skewers with lime and mayo, anyone?
BBQ Warehouse, Kewalram House, 8 Jalan Kilang Timor #01-02, Singapore 159305; www.bbqwarehouse.com.sg
Pop in to one of BQ Mart’s two stores and you’ll walk out with a corker of a barbecue. Or, if you’d like to try before you buy, there are rental options. The range of gas and charcoal barbecues includes Barbecook, Qwell, BeefEater, Outback and Weber. BQ Mart even has a disposable barbecue for the Brits wanting to re-enact a Hyde Park summer’s eve. Given you’ll dine al fresco most evenings now, pick up some mosquito-repelling citronella products while you’re there. Why not snap up an Esky (cooler box) to keep your drinks icy cold. It’s a party just waiting to happen! (Psst: 20% discounts happening now too!).
318 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307662; www.bqmart.com
BBQ Grill Culture has been in the grilling biz for over 20 years, and offers a wide range of barbecues (prices from $213 to $4,599) including Napoleon, Cadac, Masport and Broil King. They tout themselves as the only specialty store in Singapore not run by a supplier, so therefore give unbiased advice sans the pushy sales pitch. The customer service really is second to none as payment is only due on receipt, they assemble and install your barbecue for free, and also dispose of your old unit for $75. And now you’ll be entertaining more, you might want to give your garden a spruce up with some garden tools from their range. You’ll be the envy of your ‘hood!
BBQ Grill Culture, showroom at Decofix DIY Store, 10 Jalan Serene, #01-07 Serene Centre, Singapore, 258748; www.bbqgrillculture.com
Cookaburra is another excellent store to buy your new fave outdoor cooktop. It stocks similar brands to the other retailers including Outback, Weber, plus its own brand Cookaburra. Prices range from $150 to $7,299, and free delivery and installation is available for purchases over $200. What we love about Cookaburra is that you can be the most disorganised party planner, but they’ll have you set up and ready to go within six hours (they even sell gas cylinder refills). Phew! (Check out their latest promotions too!).
Cookaburra, 1 Commonwealth Lane #02-19, One Commonwealth, Singapore 149544; 2023 Bukit Batok Street 23 #02-94 Level 2, HDB Industrial Park A, Singapore 659528; Weber only stores at River Valley and Joo Chiat; www.cookaburra.com.sg
Buy abroad or second-hand
The prices of barbecues are WAAAY lower in countries where grilling meats is a national obsession (like Australia, South Africa and the US). If you are planning a trip home or abroad, and your luggage allowance is generous, you’ll save serious cash buying one this way. This writer in fact bought the smallest model in the top-quality Weber range (the Weber Baby Q1200) and did just that (retails in Singapore for $500 – $700; in Australia for $300). And given the majority of us have outdoor spaces the size of postage stamps, it won’t take up valuable room on the balcony. The Weber Baby Q is also versatile, as you can buy a separate breakfast plate for your weekend fry-up, a roasting trivet to cook the perfect roast lamb, and it’s portable.
Another way to save a few pennies (read: a small fortune), is to buy a pre-loved barbecue. You’re sure to find something to suit on the usual second-hand classifieds sites including Gumtree, Craigslist, Singapore Expat Wives Classifieds (RSEW) and Singapore Expat Women Classified. Make sure to view the barbecue before you buy, because Singapore’s humid weather can lead to rust, and nobody likes metallic-tasting meat.
How to get a gas bottle (new or refill)
Gas bottles for your barbecue differ from the standard bottles for kitchen cookers. And if you import your BBQ you will find that the gas bottle nozzle valve won’t fit the Singapore fixture. Maybe you’ve been cooking up a storm and just need a refill? Don’t panic, tonight’s BBQ will go ahead, thanks to any one of the following helpful suppliers. All without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Winning!
- Tan Bros has a well-earned rep for being friendly and efficient. As with all suppliers in this list, make sure to tell them it’s for a BBQ and confirm if you need a new valve / converter.
p. 6455 1169; tanbros.com
- Choon Hin Gas Supply has a loyal following, p. 6287 5555.
- Yong Boon Lee Trading Co can fit an Australian regulator, so you have no need to change! Whatsapp or text 9004 4554 or phone 6878 0072.
- Don is so good that all you need to do is whatsapp him a photo of the BBQ and he’ll sort it all out! Bless his cotton socks. p. 9623 8916.
Happy barbecuing, peeps!
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