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Deborah - Good Food Team

6th July, 2011

by Deborah - Good Food Team


So you thought the iPhone 4 was this century’s most impressive invention? Put your miniature ringing computers back in your pocket because there's a new kid on the block. Solving all your outdoor food and carrying heavy object needs - introducing the WheelbarrowBBQ!

Developed, invented and perfected for the measly sum of £25 by my unnaturally patient boyfriend - who wishes to remain anonymous to protect himself from a lifestyle of invasive fame - it has been trialled and tested (by the two of us) and hailed a complete success (by the two of us).

What you'll need:

* Wheelbarrow - purchased on eBay for £11, super cheap due to being elderly with no handles.
* Heat resistant paint - around £10.
* Baking tray and grill - £5. The Inventor wanted to get an old one from the dump for nothing, but this was scrapped after I made NO WAY puking signs.
* Bricks, coal, silver foil - scavenge away.

1) Paint wheelbarrow with heat resistant paint
2) Place baking tray at bottom of wheel barrow with layer of silver foil as lining. Add charcoal. Line bricks around the edge, balance the grill on these.
3) Set coals alight. Hey presto! Let's cook some delicious food.

Why everyone needs a WheelbarrowBBQ

The most common question asked after proudly explaining all the above is, 'Jeezus, why didn't you just buy a BBQ?? They're not that expensive and that's a complete faff.' I was the first to raise this point after The Inventor turned up with a rickety old wheel barrow which then sat forlornly in our garden for months. But after a week's camping in the Lake District, I'm a convert. Here's a list why everyone should invest in a WheelbarrowBBQ.

Solving all your problems

1) Oh no, we have to walk a mile from the car to the campsite! That's okay, just load up all your stuff in the WheelbarrowBBQ and toddle on down with it.
2) Oh no, it's started to rain! Fear not, the WheelbarrowBBQ can easily be wheeled into the nearest sheltered area to carry on with your jolly outdoor cookalong.
3) Oh no, the wind is really blowing wildly from that direction! Don't worry, just wheel the WheelbarrowBBQ into a new position.
4) Oh no, my parents have turned up on an impromptu visit to nose around our campsite and now expect dinner! That's okay, the WheelbarrowBBQ can hold up to six jacket potatoes wrapped in foil on the coals and then you've got the raised grill area to cook enough meat and fish for lots of hungry campers at the same time.
5) Oh no, there's so many interesting people in this campsite, I wish they'd all come over and talk to me. You'll be like a light to a moth with your wheelable talking point. Are they still not coming over? They must be shy, why don't you wheel yourself over to them. Being portable is sociable.

Admittedly there are TINY flaws. It takes about an hour to heat up, you need a large van to transport it, and when not being used, it takes up half our garden. However, just like the iPhone has matured, these problems are being worked on. Current developments include a funny painting being added to the side and a shiny new handle. The WheelbarrowBBQ Version 2 should be out by August 2012.

Have you got any good tips for cooking outside?


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I like it! It's very inventive and different and funny too. I am going to look for something like this too.

mirandaD8218 mirandaD8218 Posted 09 Jul 2011 10:00 AM

Oops meant to add for a family or party sized version a supermarket trolley does a smashing job and they only cost £1 - even from Marks and Spencer.

Johnny C Johnny C Posted 08 Jul 2011 12:05 PM

An even cheaper option which includes it'own grill is a supermerket basket. I carried one round South Africa on a camping trip and it proved very handy. for a family or party sized bbq grill a supermarket

Johnny C Johnny C Posted 08 Jul 2011 12:02 PM

Such a brilliant idea, I'm glad you put your foot down about the second hand baking tray and grill though. Looking forward version 2.

Jo_Webb Jo_Webb Posted 08 Jul 2011 10:31 AM