For many of us, the simple presence of a barbeque makes a house a truly Australian home. Whether it’s a permanent brick set-up in the backyard, a small gas burner on the balcony, or a portable charcoal grill, owning a barbeque isn’t just a way of cooking – it’s a way of life.

Given the cultural and culinary importance of this piece of cooking kit – and the many options available – choosing the right one can be a challenge. The right professional advice can make the difference between investing in a well-loved, frequently-used fixture, or permanently ignoring that unsightly lump of metal gathering cobwebs in the corner.

Whether you’re looking to spin a whole lamb on the spit or you’re keen to find a hibachi grill for the window ledge, Sydney’s independent barbeque stores should be your first ports of call. Each has one or more physical outlets staffed by experts who’re keen to help you make the right decision for your flame-grill needs.

BBQ Aroma
Since 2007, this family-owned business has been dispensing hardware, fuel and advice to eager grill masters. You’ll find a wide range of barbequing cultures represented at its Leichhardt store, selling asado crosses to hibachi grills and ceramic, kamado-style Big Green Eggs. Add to that: wood pellets, charcoal, planks and mini logs to fuel them all. Your meat’s in good hands too: the store has a wide selection of seasonings, rubs, glazes, sauces and condiments.

The BBQ Store
Established in 2010, in an attempt to raise the profile of the Cyprus grill in Australia, this family-owned company purports to be Sydney’s foremost rotisserie specialist. Whether you’re looking for a small portable barbeque or a fully heated outdoor kitchen, the warehouse showroom in Prestons is paradise for anyone who prefers their dinner skewered.

Joe’s Barbecues
The former Annandale store was a hub for avid amateur grillers, smokers and pit-masters. Today, its operations have massively upscaled and shifted to Silverwater, where Joe’s Barbecues claims to have the widest range of barbeques on display in the country. From Kitchen Aid to the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range, it’s hard to imagine a piece of kit you won’t find here.

Firebrand BBQ
Love the smell of charcoal? Ever debated the merits of cooking over ironbark vs cherry wood? Firebrand’s charcoal, wood pellets, firelighters and smoking woods can be found across the country, since launching in the ’90s. The company’s “megastore” in Arndell Park stocks all its fuel products and the staff is used to helping everyone – from professional chefs to backyard enthusiasts – pick the right smoker, grill or kettle barbeque. It has a wide range of spice rubs, sauces and other pantry items too, so the only other place you’ll need to stop before your next cook-up is the butcher.

The BBQ King
If you cook on it outside, you’ll find it in the BBQ King’s kingdom. The store sells a substantial range of barbeques online, but at its Silverwater showroom you’ll find a royal selection of American-style smokers, pizza ovens and full outdoor kitchens. Overhauling your outdoor space? Ask about its packages; there are barbeque and bar fridge combos, exhaust fans, and other grilling accoutrements to complete the set-up, so you can grill like a king.