Building a Killer Outdoor Kitchen

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An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate dream for a lot of people who like backyard entertaining. Imagine gathering your friends or family together for a summer barbecue or a cozy winter cocktail party in the comfort of your own garden. Here are some great tips for designing your killer outdoor kitchen.

1. Design Ideas

Pinterest is a great source to find design inspiration and to compile your own plans. There is a multitude of design options out there. Take a look at a number of these tips!

Moern and Sleek
Concrete or rich colored woods are a terrific way to make a modern design aesthetic. Most classic or traditional kitchens use white-washed or light colored wood to create the look so go the opposite way for contemporary! Minimal furniture and features also help to create a contemporary feel. This also helps with maintenance and clean-up too. Check out these images for inspiration.

Classic or Country
White wood, blue accents, and exposed rock are a excellent way to give your outdoor kitchen rustic, classic appeal. Flowers and plants growing up the sides of walls or arbors are great for producing softness and a conventional appeal also.

2. Grills

So many grilling options! There are 6 significant kinds of grills to consider for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you enjoy cooking and what you can get the most use out of before choosing your grill.

This is the simplest set up of all grills. It is made up of metal or stone box with a heating element (charcoal, wood, gas) and a metal grate over the top of the box right over the fire. Open grills would be best for direct grilling over high heat and are best suited for quick cooking foods such as kebabs, thin steaks and chops, and fish.

Covered Grills
Add a cover into the open grill and it permits you to add smoking and indirect grilling features to your outdoor grill. You can also add various types of wood to your grill, close the lid, and let the meat slowly absorb the aroma of the wood.

Ceramic Grills
Ceramic grills are made of thick walls which allows heat to radiate off the side of the walls for even cooking. Ceramic grills are often much deeper than typical grills and are usually used to cook bread (like flatbreads or India’s naan) directly on the side walls. The grill part of ceramic grills are best suited to thin sliced meat, kebabs, fish, or veggies.

A rotisserie grill provides a rotating spit into the grill to allow for even cooking of thick slabs of meat or whole animals. Food is cooked slowly over a few hours that leads to crispy skins on the outside and tender, moist meat on the inside. Rotisserie grills are best suited to thick steaks, fatty meats, or whole animals like cows, ducks, or even whole pigs (if your grill is large enough).

A smoker grill cooks meat on low heat for many hours over aromatic wood chips for tender and flavorful meat. The most common woods used for smokers include walnut, hickory, mesquite, oak, and pecan. Smokers are best suited for tough cuts of beef which it slowly tenderizes while in the smoker. Meats like briskets and ribs are fantastic for this.

Firepit Grills
A firepit grill allows your entire family to feel like you are camping out right in your backyard! Firepit grills are like campfires but with a metal grate positioned over the flame to cook food. The grates for the grills are height adjustable so that the food raised or lowered to be closer or farther from the fire. This makes firepit grills extremely versatile and can handle delicate foods like fish, veggies, and S’mores to thick cuts of beef and whole animals.

3. Appliances

Have a browse through these links for some ideas for your appliance purchases.

Pizza Ovens
Here is an affordable, moveable outdoor pizza oven.

Grilling Space
This is a comprehensive, versatile grill designed specifically for outdoor use.

Beverage Center
This is a superb option for people who really want to entertain! Store your drinks and drink accessories in a sleek design.

4. Furnishing Ideas

There are a lot of choices to consider when it comes to furnishing. Are you going to go for a table and chair configuration, or a bench and stool setup? Consider what types of gatherings you may use your kitchen for to help you decide which is best.

Color: attempt to think about what color scheme you want and enjoy throughout the years. You don’t need to choose a bold, crazy color palette that you end up tiring of after one season. If you would like a bold, bright signature, use interchangeable pillows, cushions, and throws. You can choose, smart flowers or appliances to add color also. That way, your base palette remains neutral while adding add splashes color which are easy to replace.
Fabric: Obviously, you will need to pick a weather-resistant cloth for your outdoor furnishings, especially if there is a minimal overhead cover. Treated canvas and Olefin fiber are good choices for outdoor furniture.
Shade Sails and Covers: it’s very important to protect your appliances and furniture from the weather and potentially harsh elements. If you reside in an extreme climate, consider the sort of protection you want to use for your outdoor kitchen. It is possible to build awnings to shade the patio area or you could build a structure, like an arbor or pergola. Fundamentally, this has a sturdy roof and side columns. You can even install weather-resistant curtains to the side columns that you can pull closed to act as walls in the event you’d like some privacy on your patio.
Finishing Touches: after the heavy appliances and furniture pieces are installed, take a step back and think of everything else space needs.
– Ornaments

– Lamps

– Small side-tables

– Decorative trays and bowls

– Vases and good-quality fake flowers

– Water-resistant throws and blankets for winter months

5. Money-Saving DIY Options

You do not need to depend on the expertise of others for every aspect of your outdoor kitchen needs. You may take care of some of it yourself if you’re up to it!

Use recycled wood and old furniture/benches from second-hand stores or yard sales. Upcycle it yourself and get to work making your chairs, benches, or shade sails.
Go out and find weather-resistant cloths from fabric shops or furniture sales. You can re-upholster your outdoor furniture to suit your own personal aesthetic.