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Cobb Barbecue

The UKCampsite.co.uk was asked to review the latest in barbeque technology, only 4 - 9 briquettes for up three hours of cooking time, can it be possible?

If, like me, you have had enough of lugging around a bulky, dirty barbecue that simply takes up far too much space in your car or unit, then the people at Cobb have come up with an ideal solution to the problems faced. They have introduced the innovative Cobb Barbecue that you can not only BBQ on but you can also roast, bake and cook. This unique barbecue is perfect for the camping scene or on picnics, just pack it with briquettes and lighters before you leave and on arrival light up and away you go in just 20 - 25 minutes.

The updated Cobb Premier has now been launched. Read the full details here and find out how you can grab yourself a bargain with our special offers.

How it works!

The Cobb uses 4 - 9 standard barbecue briquettes which will provide enough heat to cook on for about 3 hours. The long burn time with so little fuel is due to the fact that the airflow through the system is designed to achieve a constant burn rate, and that all fats and cooking juices are directed away from the briquettes so there are no flare ups to increase the burn rate of the fuel, no smoking and most importantly no unhealthy carcinogenic charring of the meat.  Impressed so far? I know I am!


How it's made up!

Dome Stainless steel - Coated with an insulating material. Warm to the touch when cooking. Won't burn.

Grill - A xylan coated easyclean cooking surface for roasting, barbecuing, baking and smoking. A lifting fork is provided for handling the grill when hot. Drains fat and oil into the moat. No mess, no smoke.

Fire Basket & Pot Stand - Stainless steel. Holds heat beads/briquettes when in the fire chamber.

Bowl - Pops out of base for easy cleaning, Fire Chamber - Holds fire basket. Fire-lighters are placed in the fire chamber to ignite the heat beads, Moat - Holds 250ml of liquid (water, wine or beer) and seasoning for cooking vegetables. Also, the liquid moistens and flavours the roast. 

Base  - High-tech polymer materials designed to keep the heat in and cold out. Always cool to the touch. Enables cooking on any surface. Has rubber feet and won't slide.

Features and benefits!

  • Unique Design,
  • No moving parts - nothing to go wrong,
  • High quality materials - won't rust and long lasting,
  • Safe to carry whilst cooking - no chance of burning yourself if you have to move it,
  • Economical - only uses 4 - 9 briquettes,
  • Easy and quick to clean - stainless steel bowl and dome, xylan coated non-stick grill,
  • Smokeless - can be used virtually anywhere, undercover etc,
  • Portable - optional carry bag availble, simply load up with fuel and away you go,
  • Compact and light - Only 280mm x 340mm,
  • Accessories available - carry bag, recipe book and coming soon a frying pan and wok,
  • Full 2 year guarantee,
  • Versatile - it's a BBQ, an oven, a stove and a smoker,
  • Judged by TIME magazine as one of the best inventions of the year in 2001.

What can you cook on the Cobb?

The Cobb is so versatile that you are able to BBQ or roast meat, fish, chicken, lobster and vegetables, you are able to bake bread, scones and pizza and if you prefer the simple cooking you can cook stews, soup, vegetables etc. 

How can I clean the Cobb?

Cleaning of the Cobb is simple and is easily carried out whilst enjoying the great outdoors, simply allow the briquettes to fully burn out and then soak the grill in warm, soapy water. Remove the inner sleeve and discard of the ash, wipe out all liquids and fat. Wash the inner sleeve and fire grid all in warm soapy water and the base simply needs a wipe down with a damp cloth.


The Cobb comes with a variety of accessories to make cooking with it even easier, choose from the Cobb Carry Bag, Cobb Recipe Book - Cooking the Cobb Way with 40 mouthwatering recipes and the Cobb frying pan and wok set. Plus all parts of the Cobb are available as spare should you loose or break any part of it!

The Results

Well what can I say, impressed or what, from opening the box to setting up the Cobb ready to ignite the charcoal was simply a matter of seconds, there is no bother of having to build a stand or ensuring it is facing in the right direction to avoid the wind, you simple take the lid off, remove the grill grid, remove the fire grid and insert the lighters. Light them up and replace the fire grill loaded with your charcoal and leave to burn for around 20 minutes, it is best to do this bit outside , once the charcoals are grey in colour the cooking gives off no more smoke than you would get if cooking normally. We do not recommend taking any BBQ or cooking appliance inside, see the dangers and download our warning poster here Carbon Monoxide, BBQ and Fire Safety Advice

I cooked an array of dishes from the cook book that is available - Cooking the Cobb Way including roasting a 1.5kg chicken (that is about the biggest that will fit), through to smoking fish and of course using it as a bog standard BBQ. The meat came out crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside and because the fat drips into the moat it is even quite healthy. I used the moat to cook my veggies in and they came out very tasty too.

Being able to cook almost smoke free is a real bonus and with the casing never getting hot and the feet keeping the Cobb off the ground or table, you are safe to cook pretty much anywhere you like, I used it on our wooden table and no damage was caused at all.


I did find that the more I kept checking the food, the longer it took to cook, so patience lessons for me, not that you need much patience with the Cobb BBQ, this has to be one of the greatest and most essential bits of outdoor equipment there is on the market.  The efficiency that is provided by the Cobb BBQ is amazing, 3 hours cooking time with just 8 or so briquettes is almost as cheap as cooking at home in the oven.

Over the years I have spent plenty of money buying BBQ after BBQ and always ending up throwing them away or storing them in the garage because they are too small for the family, or too big for the trailer tent, but Cobb may have come up with the solution, a one-off investment for a BBQ that will stand the test of time and provide long cooking times with minimal fuss and cost and which only weighs 4KG. This is definitely a huge thumbs up for the Cobb BBQ. (Caution, charcoal gives off Carbon Monoxide which can be fatal, please ensure that if using this product inside you have good ventilation to allow the carbon monoxide to disperse.)

The updated Cobb Premier has now been launched. Read the full details here and find out how you can grab yourself a bargain with our special offers.

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