Besides sporting a stainless steel construction, the Smeg BQ90TA barbecue offers a full rotisserie for cooking whole chickens and large joints of meat. There is also a full-depth smoke drawer in which soaked and flavoured wood chips can be added - such as smoked, hickory, mesquite or citrus - to impart additional flavour to the food.
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The Smeg BQ90TA barbeque features two removable cartridges each comprising four ceramic plates that can be washed whenever necessary. These plates are perforated in order to ensure even distribution of heat throughout the cooking surface - even to the extremities of the plate - and excellent heat retention.
Below the ceramic plates are three 15.1 megajoule per hour horse-shoe burners that ensure even heat distribution to the furthest corners of the hotplate and griddle. Other features include a thermometer gauge from 0 to 300 Celsius (with a 'max zone' for fast searing), variable heat control and separate ignition for each burner, and three individual drainer trays (one beneath each burner) that are easily removable for washing.
There are also flash tubes between each burner to conserve ignition energy (powered by a nine volt AA battery).
The Smeg BQ90TA barbeque is available nationally from appliance specialists and electrical retail outlets for about $6150.
The same model is also available mounted on a fully stainless steel trolley (BQ90TA/CA90TOP) with lockable forward castors, fold-out 520mm-wide benches and a storage basket and drawer - the retail price of this package is $7150.