This year, instead of wheeling that rusty old grill out of the garage every time you want to entertain, create a grilling station on your patio. You’ll be at the center of the food and activities at every backyard party. The best part is you’ll have everything you need right there to create your favorite dishes without running back and forth to the house.
Build Around a Grill Island
Your grilling station will center around the grill island: your primary preparation station. Start your project by looking over the options you have for a grill island. GasGrillsNow has a variety of styles and designs – from a simple grill and counter to an entire kitchenette with sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator. Your choice depends on budget, how often you’ll use it, and how independent you want to be of the main house.
Allow for Plenty of Workspace
You’ll want at least a couple of countertops to work on. This lets you spread out your ingredients and supplies and assemble your dishes next to the grill. You’ll no longer have to do this in the kitchen and bring out large platters of items ready for the grill. You’ll enjoy being out with the party while you work your grilling magic. People will get a thrill out of watching the master grill chef in action.
Supplies in Reach
Make or buy storage to hold all of your grilling tools, knives, and serving tools. Find waterproof storage to hold all of your rubs and spices. You’ll want everything in reach to save on trips back to the house. Make sure the storage locks so you can keep your supplies at your grilling station throughout the summer.
Places for People
One of your work counters can double as a bar where people can sit, eat, or drink. Find some tall stools that you can leave out in the weather to go around the counter.
Consider a firepit near the grilling station. Surround it with a stone wall that people can sit on, or put benches out that people can move around as needed.
The right grilling station design will give people the chance to sample a grilled summer feast while mingling with friends and family. You’ll know you’ve got it right when people ask you as they leave “When are you having your next party?”