Once you have your dream home, the next step is to build your dream outdoor kitchen so that you can entertain family and friends while taking full advantage of your outdoor space. Before you build your outdoor kitchen, you must design it. When designing your outdoor kitchen, consider what your plans for the space will be:
- How often will you use it?
- How many people are you likely to invite over at one time?
- How involved a meal do you plan to prepare in that space?
Asking these questions will ensure you have your outdoor kitchen must haves. To help you out, here are a few suggestions for outdoor kitchen must haves.
The point of having an outdoor kitchen is being able to prepare food while visiting with guests. If you’re going to be preparing food, you need the space to do it properly. You should have enough counter space to prepare food and to set your platters. You should also have room to place things on either side of your grill so that you can take raw foods off one platter and put cooked foods on the other. You don’t want to carry food across your kitchen.
A grill is an absolute outdoor kitchen must have even if you don’t have a full outdoor kitchen. It’s the heart of outdoor entertaining. In your outdoor kitchen, your grill should be built into the counter and should be professional grade. You can choose from gas, charcoal or pellet fueled grills. There are grills that are self-igniting and have built in burners for keeping foods warm.
The Right Appliances
A grill is not the only necessity for your outdoor kitchen. There is a wide range of appliances you can put in your kitchen:
- Oven. A grill is great for steaks, but if you want a pizza you will need an oven. Imagine, pulling a piping hot pizza from the oven and enjoying it with friends beneath the stars. A variant on this is a warming drawer where you can keep foods warm until you are ready to serve them.
- Refrigerator. If you plan to do serious cooking in your outdoor kitchen, you’ll need a refrigerator to keep cool items cold. You’ll need to keep meat cold while you’re waiting for the grill to warm up. Drinks are another item that need to be kept cold. If you plan to host large gatherings and serve wine, consider a wine fridge.
- Side Burner. You can get a grill with a built-in burner, but if you plan to use it for more than keeping your grilled foods warm until serving them, you may be better off getting a separate burner set. You can use it to heat sauces or boil water.
Another outdoor kitchen must have is a sink. Having a deep outdoor sink will allow you to clean up after yourself at the source of the action rather than dragging your cooking mess into the house for cleanup.
It’s one of those things that you don’t think about until you need it, but a good set of BBQ tools is an outdoor kitchen must have. How else will you turn your steaks or flip your burgers? If you are getting an outdoor cooking set, it’s also a good idea to get a set of cooking mitts to protect your hands.
You’ll need storage in your outdoor kitchen to store non-perishable items as well as cookware, dishes and silverware. It should be easily accessible and there should be plenty of it in the form of cabinets and drawers.
It’s important to design your outdoor kitchen carefully to make sure that you get all your outdoor kitchen must haves. Having all your outdoor kitchen must haves will ensure that you’re able to do entertain in the way you want.