The great British summer is upon us. And, since few of us are venturing abroad, now might be the time to enjoy this season’s round of ‘makeaway’ boxes and bring something special to those long overdue barbecues. Upgrading the supermarket burger and sausage shop to fancy charcoal-griddled kebab part prepared by a catering professional has never been easier thanks to the array of cook at home boxes emerging from shuttered restaurants during lockdowns. Plus, it’s a mighty easy way to impress pals not seen for many months. All you need is the requisite Pimms, enough firelighters and a few sun dances.
Asador BBQ & Fire Box with Estrella Galicia
Mercado 44 makes a bold claim in the marketing for its BBQ fire box, which it says contains the Presa Ibérica de Bellota, Extremadura, the finest cut of pork in the world. It’s hard to dispute that this steak takes some beating but there’s also no doubt that the pressure will be in on whoever is manning the coals to make sure they don’t incinerate it. Amateur chefs might find themselves more at home with the Holm oak seared and roast Teruel Druoc pork rib, which just requires heating up and the range of delicious vegetables, including coal roast Asador peppers. Asador’s box isn’t cheap (£120) but this is much more than just a meat box. A selection of award-winning sauces are also thrown in. And there’s a few bottles of Estrella Galicia – a premium Spanish beer – included too. From £120.
Farmison’s ‘Flavours of the world’ BBQ box
Let’s face it: most of us aren’t going to get to travel the world this summer. But Farmison offers a worthy substitute: its ‘Flavours of the world’ BBQ box. Taking in Africa (peri-peri chicken), India (chicken kofta) and Japan (Miso pork chop and teriyaki beef flank steak), the meat box is the perfect way for the lazy BBQ chef to wow their guests.