We’;ve collected some of our favorite outdoor grill ideas to get you ready for summer. Setting up your barbecue area to function as efficiently as a professional kitchen will make the whole grilling process easier. And having a place for everything, as well as some seating, is possible even in a small patio or balcony.
1. The grill
What’;s your favorite grill? Are you old school and a charcoal purist? Or do you love a modern, state-of-the-art grill like the Wolf barbecue above? Depending on space and budget, there’;s a variety of grill options out there.
2. Outdoor grill ideas that add counter space
Nothing makes your barbecue area more functional than extra counter space. If you can’;t add a built-in cabinet and countertop, consider adding a rolling cart, butcher block or stainless steel restaurant prep table next to your grill.
3. Grill lighting
Why stop the grilling party just because it’;s getting dark? Add some task lighting near the grill to help light the area. If there’;s no electric connection, consider using a battery-powered LED light.
5. Essential grill tools
6. Grill-side dining
Much like in the kitchen, people love to gather around the cooking area. Have a table and chairs nearby. The table can serve as outdoor counter space and you’;re likely to have an audience sitting with you when you’;re grilling. If your space is limited, try using a long, narrow console and barstools or a wall-mounted ledge with stools as your outdoor dining setup.
7. Cool grill accessories
A Kalamazoo pizza oven is the ultimate grilling accessory and can be placed on any counter. Image: Williams Sonoma
Grill accessories are optional but add a personalized touch to your barbecue. A pizza oven would be the ultimate, but smaller accessories like a custom branding iron with your initials or a hot plate for warming food would be a great addition.
8. Safety items
9. Serving items
Storage cabinets with baskets in this outdoor grill area hold serving dishes, glasses and grill utensils. Image: Circle Creek Home
Having serving platters and trays handy make serving your grilled foods stylish and easy. Trays make it easier to carry several items at once, saving you time when you need to go in and out of the house.
10. Garbage and cleanup
A wall was painted in a bold black and shelves mounted to serve as counterspace in this small outdoor kitchen. Image: Ikea
How will you trick out your grill area?
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