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The best BBQ meat boxes, from butcheries to Dishoom

Light up the fire, crack open a beer and head outdoors: BBQ season is back, and these boxes will make your grill session easier than ever

Perhaps the defining food trend of 2020, the restaurant home kit became synonymous with endless days inside. While many have outlasted lockdown mania and became a staple of elevated home dining, one that remains as exciting ever is the BBQ box. Perhaps because there’s less fiddly plastic sachets of sauce required, or maybe it’s simply the pure joy of cooking outside, but the BBQ box feels like a necessary continuation from the depths of Covid.

Whether you’re whacking Dishooms lamb chops on the grill for a DIY feast without tackling the 40-minute-plus queues, or simply ploughing your way through Swaledale’s frankly enormous selection of prime-cut meat and chicken, these BBQ boxes will have you prepped for the remainder of this fiery British summer, where turning on any hob inside has seemed like a masochistic activity.

Dishoom BBQ Kit

Let’s face it, if you hear the words “Dishoom BBQ kit” and the sun’s shining, you’re basically already at the checkout. The Indian restaurant group’s at-home offerings are wildly popular, and the barbecue version is a doozy: marinated lamb chops, seekh kebabs, chicken tikka, and deliciously pillowy naan for mopping up the juices. You’ll even get a packet of Kabab Masala for your own cooking, plus each sale raises money for NGOs in India.

Serves six. £75; dishoom.com

José Pizarro Spanish BBQ Box

We rather like the brazenness of putting out a barbecue meal kit that’s just meat, but when you tuck into iconic Spanish chef José Pizarro’s BBQ offering for six, you’ll see why. Namely, the pork – a hulking cut of the prized presa ibérica and pluma ibérica from the incredible Cinco Jotas – plus suckling lamb cutlets from Burgos. In terms of sides, follow José’s lead and get creative with some simple, elegant tapas, and thank us later.

£109; josepizarro.com

Indulge Dining BBQ Meal Kit

For a show-stopping dinner party with a fine-dining flourish – where you get to grill over fire but don’t have to spend hours prepping – look no further than Indulge Dining’s meal kit. From Andy Bowler, a seasoned chef who’s worked for Simon Rogan and Gordon Ramsay, it includes everything to make beautiful steak, hasselback potatoes, and chicken and lamb kebab skewers, with sauces and garnishes.

£85 for two; indulgedining.co.uk

Swaledale

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There’s BBQs and then there’s the Swaledale BBQ box. Perfect for the indecisive eater or simply those having half the village around for dinner, this box features a whopping amount of food, including two ribeye steaks, a pack of Korean-style beef short ribs, chicken drumsticks and chipolatas. You could easily feed a good eight hungry people with this box, making it incredible value for money as well as ticking all the quality boxes. Your iron levels will be topped up for the foreseeable.

£72; swaledale.co.uk

Berenjak

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Everyone’s favourite Iranian restaurant (no, really, it’s likely you’ll see Dua Lipa there or any given night), is letting you bring their grilled goodness into your own home. There are a few different kits to order depending on how many people you’re feeding, but the ultimate kit which comfortably feeds six is definitely your best bit. With a load of kebabs to grill on the BBQ, alongside flatbreads, salad and a huge amount of mezze, you’re at no risk of going hungry any time soon, plus it brings a different approach to the classic summer meal – no sides required.

Serves 5-6. £120; berenjakbazaar.com

HG Walter

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HG Walter have a few BBQ boxes on offer – there’s the classic box with a range of steaks, ribs, burgers, chicken and sausages, or if you feeling a bit more specific opt for the BBQ beef steak box, with seven different steaks spread over five different cuts, alongside two bone marrow troughs (bone marrow butter anyone?!), or the BBQ banger box which quite literally does what it says on the tin in more ways than one – featuring 42 sausages you’ll be loaded up on bangers which is a sure fire way to ensure a bangin’ meal.

From £33.25; hgwalter.com

Rick Stein

Look, it’s certainly not the cheapest on the list, but when you’re getting restaurant-quality nosh at home and a full, three-course meal to boot (including sides), this really does seem like quite the bargain. Feeding up to eight people, it includes sea bass ceviche to kick things off, an entire spatchcock chicken and ribeye steaks alongside a tomato and thyme salad and potato salad for the main course and a strawberry cheesecake for the grand finale. I’m not sure whether Rick Stein can ship the views over the camel estuary to your door as well, but this is probably the closest you’ll get to Padstow’s salty shores from your concrete-fringed London backyard.

Serves 6-8. £165; shop.rickstein.com

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