Outdoor kitchens are becoming all the rage these days
making family barbecues easier than ever! Cooking on the
grill is a great way to entertain company or just feed the
family without heating up the kitchen or making a mess for
that fact. Running back and forth from the kitchen to the
patio gets old. These days grilling is easier and more
enjoyable by putting together an outdoor kitchen. Even the
simplest of set-ups can make outdoor cooking more
efficient. The fanciest ones mean you will not have to go
back inside until all your guests leave because everything
is right at your fingertips! Charcoal was great in the
beginning but the gas grill took over because of its
convenience. Today's most advanced grills have side
burners, storage space and work areas built right in.
Everything is incorporated to your outside patio and
entertaining is no longer a chore to prepare.
Installing an outdoor kitchen may be just the thing for
you if you have frequent cookouts and everyone is
intrigued with your barbecue skills. Maybe you grill in
large amounts and need more of an easier way to do this.
An outdoor kitchen also could be just for you if you have
an unused patio or deck. If you're wanting to move past
the burgers and dogs and experiment with some savvy dishes
an outdoor kitchen may be perfect for you.. Also if you're
tired of the outrageous electric bills due to your heating
up the kitchen and your air conditioner working overtime.
If any of these suggestions resonate with you, it's
probably time to do some outdoor kitchen shopping.
An outdoor kitchen can be as small or elaborate as you
want with the grill being the centerpiece. The most common
grills come with wheels that you can take with you when
you move and come in a wide variety of sizes, features and
price. These are also fun to take to the beach as well. If
you are planning to incorporate the kitchen as a permanent
part of your home, select a built in grill that will drop
into a space on a cabinet with countertops that is built
on site. This is much like your kitchen inside. Some of
the accessories you will need are: baskets for grilling
fish, vegetables or hush puppies, a griddle, tongs and a
reliable meat thermometer. Side burners are included in
most grills today but a camping stove can get the job
done. Make sure your work space is sanitized for food
preparation. There are a variety of lights for your
outdoor kitchen but direct light is best for the work
Clip ons are available to clip directly onto your grill so
you can get your meat perfect in the center! Another
consideration is a patio heater or fire pit if you are
going to use the space year round in chilly environments.
Insects can ruin the most elegant and well-planned parties
so never forget to have repellents conducive to your
location. If bugs were not enough, smoke in your guest
eyes is not comfortable so don't forget the exhaust hood.
Other important things to remember are having enough
electrical outlets, a refrigerator, sink and warming
drawers to keep food heated till time to serve. An ice
machine is also convenient (no ugly, bulky coolers) and of
course the wine storage. Don't forget the corkscrew!