Many people love grilling meat outdoors, and why not? Food prepared on a hot grill smells great and it tastes even better. You get to spend time outdoors and you may even have a chance to entertain your friends. A lot of people have store bought grills but if you want something really special that can be customized just for your needs, you should look at outdoor kitchen islands. You can think of these as grills with built-in accessories that are usually made of bricks. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you buy one of these.
One really big advantage to these kitchen islands is that they are usually custom built. Think about what you need to have when you cook and entertain outdoors so that the whole thing goes as smoothly as possible. Will you require a stove that can cook your meat properly on the inside while it doesn’t burn on the outside? Maybe you would like to have a small fridge handy for storing meat, sauces, vegetables and condiments? Maybe even keep the drinks cool for the chef!
These kitchen islands can be very simple or they can get pretty complicated if that is what you want. If you simply want a basic gas grill then you can keep your island pretty simple. If you really like to do a lot of outdoor cooking you may want some burners on the side to cook liquids, and a stove that will cook the inside of the meat. You might want a cutting board and maybe a place to store your tools.
Do you want a pre-built kitchen island that is modular? Or would you pay more to have an island custom built to your needs? A modular island will cost less but it may not have all the features you want. A custom built kitchen island can have a unique appearance and layout, giving you all the appliances and storage you want.
Outdoor kitchen islands should be constructed from materials that stand up to bad weather. They can be made from metal, steel, brick, or other materials. Some of these will be more costly than others.
The next time you are looking at gas grills, think about getting one the grills that will fit perfectly in one of those outdoor kitchen islands. They will cost more money but you may find the extra convenience of being able to customize them may be worth it to you.