BBQ Bling

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Who doesn’t love a good barbecue? The sun is shining, your friends are here, cold drinks, sizzling grill – it’s all good. And to enjoy all this you only need a basic piece of cooking equipment that you can buy for a few pounds at your local supermarket.

But that got us thinking. Supposing you wanted to push the boundaries. Suppose money was no object and you could buy any barbecue you wanted? What could you get? Here’s our guide to the best-looking BBQ’s and no expense spared.

Best for – minimalist style. Halo Cooltouch charcoal barbecue, £595

 

The British designed and built Halo Cooltouch features a triple skin construction which means that no matter how hot the inside gets, the outside always stays cool. As well as making it a very safe barbecue, the insulation also means that the Halo is incredibly fuel efficient.

The elegant, minimalist styling also makes it a favourite in the media, with Esquire magazine calling it ‘The trendiest barbecue on the planet.’

See more at www.notonthehighstreet.com/haloproductdesign

Best for – no-frills style. Buffalo charcoal barbecue, £239

The Buffalo has a tough, form-follows-function style, which we like. Made from no-nonsense stainless steel it’s got a long, dual zone cooking area so you can cook lots of different food, at lots of differing heat levels. And when you’re done, you can dissemble it into pieces and carry it away.

See more at www.nisbets.co.uk

Best for – luxurious style. Quan Quadro premium rolling kitchen, £6,876

Made by Polish ‘Garden Art’ company Quan, the Quadro premium rolling kitchen is a mini outdoor kitchen on wheels, featuring a BBQ grill, washbasin and even a water heater. Its sleek styling gives it a clean contemporary look, a long way away from the traditional barbecue. At almost £7,000 it isn’t cheap, but we’re just looking. For now…

See more at www.qubox.co.uk

Best for – most knobs and buttons. Napoleon Prestige Pro 825 RSBI, £4,999

Made in Canada, the gas powered nicely over-the-top Prestige Pro 835 features enough cooking space to cook 51 burgers simultaneously. It also has interior oven lights, an integrated ice bucket, Jetfire ignition, a power sideburner and backlit glow-in-the-dark cooking controls. If you want to be the barbecue Daddy, this is your machine.

See more at www.napoleon.com/en/uk/

Best for – cool factor. everdure by heston blumenthal FUSION Electric Ignition Charcoal BBQ, £799

Here at T-lab, if something looks good, then it’s off to a flying start. And we love the way this barbecue looks. It could easily be mistaken for a modernist hi-fi system with its brushed metal pedestal, matt black surround and minimalist switches. Created by British wunderchef Heston Blumenthal the FUSION features an electronic Fast Flame ignition system that makes it ready to cook in 10 minutes. And, did we mention, it looks very, very cool. It’s our favourite.

See more at www.johnlewis.com and www.everdurebyheston.co.uk

Check out our BBQ Star t-shirt, available in charcoal grey and sky blue, here.

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BBQ Star

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Nothing beats a good barbecue. But cooking well on a charcoal barbecue is something of an art form, although luckily its a skill that nearly all men think they possess.

Well fair enough – our BBQ Star design is a tribute to all those charcoal-smudged, hot-handed artisans making it happen over a hot grill and a cold beer.

The design is inspired by the hot coals of the BBQ blended with a contemporary star image – making it ideal for lazy days around the barbeque, or for beach and festival wear.

Shown here in sky blue, BBQ Star is also available in dark grey.

Screen printed in the UK onto a soft 100% cotton shirt.

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BBQ Star

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Nothing beats a good barbecue. And cooking well on a charcoal barbecue is something of an art form, although luckily its a skill that most men think they possess.

Well fair enough – our BBQ Star design is a tribute to all those charcoal-smudged, hot-handed artisans making it happen over a hot grill and a cold beer.

The design is inspired by the hot coals of the BBQ blended with a contemporary star image – making it ideal for lazy days around the barbeque, or for beach and festival wear.

Shown here in dark grey (to hide those charcoal smudges) it’s also available in sunny sky blue.

Screen printed in the UK onto a soft 100% cotton shirt.

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Get him a gift that gets him

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The world would be a lesser place without Dads. The fixer uppers, the school runners, the cheerer uppers. So with Father’s Day approaching, we’ve been looking through our collection to pick out some designs that are particularly Dad friendly. So whether your Dad is a music lover, cycling fan, BBQ Star or travel enthusiast, you can get him a gift that gets him.

C90 – for Music Dad

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The name C90 comes from the 90-minute cassette format – just enough to get a full album on each side. (If you don’t know what an album is, ask your Dad.) It’s our retro-styled tribute to this brilliant piece of tech, which in its 1980s heyday was the world’s favourite music format and sold by the billion. You can buy C90 here.

BBQ Star – for BBQ Hero Dad

Nothing beats a good barbecue. And cooking well on a charcoal barbecue is something of an art form, although luckily its a skill that most Dads think they possess.

Well fair enough – our BBQ Star design is a tribute to all those charcoal-smudged, hot-handed heroes making it happen over a hot grill and a cold beer. You can buy BBQ Star, in Charcoal Grey or Sky Blue, here.

Tourmalet – for Cycling Dad

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Our Tourmalet shirt is inspired by the legendary Col du Tourmalet cycling climb in the French Pyrenees. Topping out at 2,115 metres, Tourmalet is one of the most famous climbs on the Tour de France, having been included more than any other pass.

Depending on your direction, Tourmalet is a 17-19km climb, with an average gradient of 7.4%. The pros can do it in about 1 hour. Your Dad – maybe a little longer. You can but Tourmalet, in yellow or blue, here.

Tuk Tuk – for Adventurer Dad

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Our Tuk Tuk t-shirt (or Autos, or Bajaji, or Rakshas depending on where you are) celebrates everything we like about these nippy and versatile little vehicles. Often customised by their owners, we love the way traditional Asian decor rubs shoulders with western-style ads for takeaway restaurants and mobile phones, creating a happy riot of mixed-media confusion. You can buy Tuk Tuk here.

T-120 – for Film Buff Dad

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There’s something cool about recently-retro technology (OK, it could just be us. And your Dad.) – the world may have moved on from the video cassette, but T-120, with its promise of pure sound quality and glorious hi-tech TV test bars, is our tribute to this once-mighty technology. The colours look fantastic, and you can buy it here.

There’s lots more ideas for Dads in our mens t-shirt section, including t-shirts for car lovers, ski addicts, beach lovers and more here.

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