How to bbq in an apartment

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It’s that time of year again to bring out the barbie and start making the most of the upcoming summer months by cooking and socialising in the great outdoors.

Every Aussie loves a good barbecue on a hot weekend with friends or family and, let’s face it, nothing says summertime here like the smokey flavour of a backyard BBQ. 

As a social activity, barbecues are the perfect way to bring everyone together and the easiest way to cook for a large group of people — even the most novice of chefs can cook a variety of scrumptious food with little skill.


However, when we picture this scenario, we often think of an expansive patio or backyard amid a large family home, not a small balcony or residential block courtyard. 

But this doesn’t mean apartment owners have to miss out on this great Australian pastime. Barbecuing in a small yard, or on a diminutive patio or balcony can be a challenge but there are plenty of small bbq grills for apartments, all you have to do is find the one that suits your needs and your space. 

What are the rules for a bbq on apartment balcony? 

Apartments are said to be best suited to an electric grill as there are rules to having one in these spaces, and they differ between having gas and charcoal BBQ’s. 

Be sure to check with your property manager, or body corporate, about the rules of your apartment, to know what type of grill you can have and if applicable, what type of gas.


Also, enquire about the requirements and fire codes relevant to your building. You may need to have direct access to a fire extinguisher and have adequate ventilation for one to be installed.

What are the best barbecues for apartments? 

If gas is allowed in your residence, then the best small bbq for apartment buildings would be something like the Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill.

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This is great for outdoor grilling and perfect for smaller spaces. It’s big enough to hold two side shelves where you can store your tools and ingredients. Pre-heating takes just a couple of minutes and its 280 square-inch of cooking space makes it ideal for a family get-together.

The Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill is an affordable and practical bbq for spaces which allow for it. 

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Of course, it produces more smoke, but with room for 13 burgers to be cooked at once, you won’t have any issues cooking for all your friends. 

Electric grills are perhaps slightly more common and risk-free when it comes to apartment barbecuing. They’re easier to clean and more energy-efficient, making them perfect for those who only use them on the odd occasion. 

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Look no further than the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Gun Metal Electric Grill if you’re looking for the electric option. The 240 square inches of circular grilling surface allows for over 15 servings for large groups of people.

Once you’re done, the fat removing slope and easy-clean grilling surface makes packing it up a breeze. 

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