Forget having a single, charcoal or gas barbecue grill on your back patio or in your backyard. You can have that, of course, but why not have it in a fabulous outdoor kitchen? The idea of a backyard cookout has taken a new meaning for some homeowners who have almost complete kitchen and cooking facilities outside their homes. This is the way to go for people who love grilled food, the outdoors and entertaining. You can go portable or built-in, and include other elements like a fire pit and lots of seating so there’ll be room for everyone at your next backyard party.
The Basic Component in All Outdoor Kitchens
Gas grills are perfect for the person who grills a lot. The more you like to grill, the better quality equipment you should get. Stainless steel is the standard, but these can be pricey. If you use it often, though, you’ll find that the extra initial cost is worth it because it’s easy to clean and will hold up for years. Despite the ease of using gas, some people prefer a charcoal grill instead. There’s no explosion risk like with a gas grill, and the food has that charcoal flavor. Gas models are safe and the risk is next to none if you follow the instructions and operate them properly. But some stunning outdoor kitchens revolve around a big charcoal barbecue grill, so choose your favorite and get started.
The Portable Outdoor Kitchen
If you’re on a budget but want to have equipment outside to give you the ability to really cook for a party or any day, then a kitchen cart can come in handy. If you need to go portable rather than built-in, this provides workspace and storage space, and can be wheeled inside, into a garage or into a protected spot on a patio or deck when you’re finished. If you need portability, you’ll want to use a good quality cooler to keep things cold. If you’re on a tight budget or low on storage space, try an inflatable cooler that can be stored flat after the party.
Built-In Outdoor Kitchens
If you have the budget and want a built-in kitchen outside, then make sure you leave yourself room in the budget for the little things. You can spend on an amazing grill and countertops with storage below, a refrigerator and a sink, but don’t forget things like outdoor cushions for your new (or old) furniture, or some kitchen bar stools.
If you’re going to go big with built-in components, think like you’re indoors. You’ll need a place to cook in your set up, but you’ll also need a place for people to be served and to eat. You don’t want to stand behind your outdoor kitchen countertop and be isolated from guests. Have a section of counter where people can sit and enjoy the food prepared in the kitchen.
You’ll also want things like a chaise lounge and other furniture seating away from the cooking area, so if you don’t have those, budget for them. Make sure the cushions can stand up to the weather and are comfortable for your party guests, and for you when you’re finished cooking in your fab kitchen and are ready to relax!