Holy smoke! The £50,000 barbecue unit which comes complete with a rotisserie, a double strength grill - AND a kitchen sink

Costing £36,000, this is Britain’s most expensive barbecue unit — the ideal thing for those with money to burn.

The new ‘A la Carte Grill Station’, from upmarket garden furniture firm Gaze Burvill, is being aimed at A-listers ahead of sizzling barbecue temperatures forecast for this Bank Holiday weekend.

A state-of-the-art, stand-alone barbecue unit is housed in a surround crafted from 120 to 150-year-old prime European oak.

The new ‘A la Carte Grill Station’, from upmarket garden furniture firm Gaze Burvill, is being aimed at A-listers ahead of sizzling barbecue temperatures forecast for this Bank Holiday weekend

The new ‘A la Carte Grill Station’, from upmarket garden furniture firm Gaze Burvill, is being aimed at A-listers ahead of sizzling barbecue temperatures forecast for this Bank Holiday weekend

Imprecise heat control on most barbecues can make outdoor cooking a hit-or-miss proposition. But the outdoor gas grill’s burners are said to ensure chef-worthy precision for everything from seared steaks to seabass.

An infrared sear zone is said to seal in juices and flavours, while a rotisserie system rotates chicken or pork in front of an infrared burner.

And while infrared heaters radiate heat to slowly cook food, powerful halogen lights illuminate the grilling surface and control knobs are LED-lit for easy reading when preparing a late-night dinner.

The grills, which are supplied to Gaze Burvill by Knightsbridge-based luxury kitchen firm Sub-Zero & Wolf, are hand-sculpted in precision-welded stainless steel so they will not rust.

Expensive barbecues are part of the growing trend for outdoor kitchens among green-fingered hosts who want to impress their guests with something more than a soggy sausage.

Actress Imelda Staunton and TV hosts Rob Brydon and Anthea Turner were among the celebrities who viewed the pricey product as it was launched at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show this week

Actress Imelda Staunton and TV hosts Rob Brydon and Anthea Turner were among the celebrities who viewed the pricey product as it was launched at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show this week

If money is an issue, the firm is selling the basic barbecue at £13,620 for a station with a granite worktop, rising to £22,000 for the top-of-the-range model that boasts an ultra-resistant counter top. Adding the outdoor kitchen with appliances including a stainless steel fridge and sink unit to create a full ‘A la Carte Kitchen’ can take the total bill up to £50,000.

Actress Imelda Staunton and TV hosts Rob Brydon and Anthea Turner were among the celebrities who viewed the pricey product as it was launched at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show this week. Caroline Burvill, the owner of Gaze Burvill, which is based in East Tisted, Hants, says British weather is no longer a barrier to outdoor entertaining.

‘This barbecue is very much for the A-listers who want a relaxing, outdoor lifestyle with their friends and family,’ she says. ‘Architectural developments mean people can now live half indoors, half outdoors, staying dry as they cook on their barbecues in conservatories or pergolas.’

Sub-Zero & Wolf spokeswoman Juliette Raine says its grills are all handmade in Wisconsin, U.S.

‘There is already a solid market for outdoor barbecues in the U.S., but selling these grills in the UK is new for us this summer,’ she adds.

‘These barbecues are at the top end of the market for celebrities and people able to afford luxury. They see high-profile celebrity chefs cooking outdoors and want to emulate them.’

GUESS WHICH SUPERMARKET HAS THE TASTIEST BURGERS...  

Burgers from Lidl have won a barbecue taste test, beating more expensive ‘upmarket’ rivals. Its Deluxe Aberdeen Angus Scotch Beef Burgers, at £1.99 for two, were called ‘meaty, juicy and full of flavour’.

The test of premium burgers sold by the biggest supermarkets was carried out by Cambridge Market Research. The burgers were tasted without a bun or sauces and testers focused on taste, texture, size and the provenance of the meat. Lidl achieved a score of 88 out of 100 for its pack of two burgers for £1.99, ahead of Morrisons 6oz British Chuck Burgers at £3 for two.

Third place went to Asda Extra Special Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers at £3.75 for four; ahead of Co-operative Truly Irresistible Hereford Beef Burgers at £3.29 for two; and Tesco Finest British Beef Steak Burgers at £2.50 for two.

M&S BBQ Grill Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers, which cost £4.50 for four, came last.

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