Category Archives: Outdoor Kitchens

Enjoy Your Grill All Summer in Your Culinary Man Cave

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Spring is finally here, so it’s time to spend much more time outside, using the grill and hanging with family. But why should you choose between your man cave and fresh air? Make your man cave in the back yard for the best of both worlds! Spending time with family and friends while kicked back in your own outdoor kitchen is a summertime pleasure.

The kitchen is a family room, but it often gets too hot and stuffy in the summer while all of the fun is in the back yard. Creating a man cave for those months when it is just too stunning outside to stay indoors can be easy and affordable with a little imagination.

Tips For Creating Your Own Outdoor Culinary Man Cave

  • Think outside the box. Because you are actually outside of the confines of the house with walls and doors to restrict placement, you do not need to make your outdoor kitchen exactly like you would indoors. Think about how the space will be used, and place each and every element where you will use them. Consider the sunset, where the kids will be playing, where the football game will be playing and set up the gas grill and work space according to your own needs.
  • Choose a grill that suits your culinary style. Do you like the taste of flame licked meat? Or do you prefer a slower cooked smoked brisket? Each of these delicious flavors comes from different cooking techniques; not all grills are created equal, so be sure to get the perfect one for your needs.
  • Technology is key for enjoying your time in your outdoor man cave. Weather-proof materials and LED lighting will make the time spent cooking more comfortable and efficient. Indoor conveniences such as a refrigerator and fan are made to tolerate outside conditions as long as they are protected from direct rain. The most important bit of technology for an outdoor man cave is a large television to watch the game on. Today, televisions are made to tolerate the temperature extremes of outdoors, but they must be kept from rain and direct sun rays.
  • Add accessories such as heaters or fire pits, and wind blocks to enable outdoor use of your culinary man cave in the harsher months.

Picture this: you are standing at the grill surrounded by all the conveniences of a kitchen, with your kids running in the grass, and the game on in the background. Everyone is enjoying the weather, and you are surrounded by family and friends, while still enjoying the game outside the confines your den. What are you waiting for? Can you smell the BBQ already?

Head on over to gasgrillsnow.com to find exactly what you need to turn your outdoor man cave into a reality! Don’t forget that you can call us 24/7 at 877-669-4669.

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Bring Your Kitchen Outside and Enjoy Cooking Again

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Okay just say it, you’re over winter already and honestly, who can blame you? Depending on where you live in the country, you might still be getting hit with winter’s fury in the form of bitter cold temperatures and an onslaught of freezing rain … and enough snow to build your own ski resort.

But whether you live in the frigid climates of Montana or the warmth of Arizona, if you enjoy cooking, there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy it all the more with a custom-built outdoor kitchen.

Whether you’re a backyard barbeque diva or a culinary chef, there’s nothing like cooking your favorite meals outside in a custom-designed outdoor kitchen.

The first thing to do is sit down and decide what you want to accomplish with the space you’re going to use for your outdoor kitchen. Is it going to be a space that holds your kitchen and a seating area, or is it going to be specially designed to be an all-inclusive entertainment gathering?

Once you’ve figured out how your space is going to be used, and you’ve at least planned out the best use for the space you have, it’s time to select an outdoor kitchen that is tailor-made to suit your specific cooking needs.

The best place to start your outdoor kitchen planning is by visiting our website and selecting from our full range of custom outdoor kitchen islands.

Our full line of Gas Grill products includes the following brands:

  • American Outdoor Grill
  • Lazy Man
  • PCM
  • Lion Premium Grills
  • Primo Grills and Smokers
  • Memphis Grills
  • Bayou Classic

Whether you’re looking for something simple like the Lion Sensational Q Shell that allows you to select from several base styles and your choice of four different grill selections, or something fabulous like the Lion Commercial Shell which comes with more kitchen work space thanks to two separate countertops … we have it all! Once you’ve selected an island that fits your needs, it’s time to finish your outdoor space.

Let your imagination run wild, as you add outdoor dining furniture or a little island bar to serve up island-themed drinks. Then sit back and enjoy a movie around a seating area with its own fire pit to keep you and your guests warm and comfy while watching a movie on a big screen, theater-sized television.

Come on, it’s time to change your attitude and start enjoying your outdoor space right now with a new outdoor island kitchen from gasgrillsnow.com.

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Building the Perfect Patio Grilling Station

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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?”

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Preparing Your Outdoor Kitchen for Snowy Weather

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Settling in for the winter months involves preparing your summer-friendly spaces for the long, hard freeze. When it comes to your outdoor kitchen, there are several things to consider. Start by making a list of the furnishings and equipment you have out there. Determine your needs based on typical weather conditions during the winter season, and then you are set to prep.

Furniture

If you have wood furniture that has been treated for weathering, you might be okay with leaving this out in the elements. Some woods are naturally more capable of surviving the changes of weather, such as teak. Metal furniture is typically an ideal candidate for cold temperatures, but lightweight wicker models can buckle under snow or ice so these should be moved to safer ground indoors. As for your cushions and rugs, bring those indoors even if they are marked weather resistant to save yourself the struggle of cleaning these in the spring.

Appliances

Every outdoor kitchen has some sort of cooking appliance. If you have a rolling cart featuring a grill or stove, move it under shelter after you have disconnected all gas and electrical features. Clean the surface area of the cooking unit thoroughly to prepare it for use again in the spring. Remove all foods from your outdoor bar or refrigerator, and take any utensils indoors for safe keeping. If you have a fire pit, cover it using a heavy metal or wood panel. Secure this with nails, screws, or a heavy object to prevent animals from burrowing in the pit through winter.

Use in the Winter

If you are planning to use your kitchen space for winter, invest in a gas patio heater that will keep guests warm and comfortable. While cooking may not be suitable, you can create a lounge area using candles and other lighting for ambiance. Use of pillows and blankets is perfect for snuggling in the cool weather, but remember to take these indoors after they are used to prevent nesting of rodents.

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Cooler Weather, Whatever! Host a Senstational Backyard Cookout Anytime of Year

The cold weather has arrived and you want to host an outdoor gathering, so now what? You could plan to run continually from the warmth of your home out into the chilly weather every few minutes to tend the grill, or you could transform your backyard into a year-round entertainment showplace.

 

Bring the Kitchen Outdoors – Including the Kitchen Sink!

 

Yes, you can bring it all outdoors with a spectacular outdoor grill and kitchen island, which can even include a working sink. Beyond generous countertop space and a top-of-the-line grill, today’s outdoor kitchens are all-encompassing and can be fully customized to your desires. Some of our most popular models include refrigerators, dual side burners, kegerators, trash chutes, and warming drawers to keep your food warm and at a safe temperature for consumption. Stock your kitchen, add food and people, and let the fun begin!

 

Putting Some Warmth and Light on the Situation

 

Tabletop and freestanding outdoor patio heaters make celebrating al fresco pleasant most any time of year. Not only do they keep guests cozy, but they also add a nice ambiance to any gathering. With propane, infrared, and natural gas outdoor patio heater options, there’s a model to fit most budgets and space constraints.

 

One of the most luxurious touches you can add to your outdoor kitchen and entertainment area is a decadent outdoor fire pit. Guests can enjoy appetizers and cocktails by the fire over scintillating conversations, or the kids can have a blast making s’mores for dessert! If you’re a DIY enthusiast, constructing a backyard fire pit is a fantastic weekender project.

 

Finishing Touches for a Successful Outdoor Fall/Winter Gathering

 

Keep the palates of your guests warm by incorporating warm cider, from-scratch cocoa, gourmet coffees, or spicy red wines into the beverage menu. You’ll also want to plan ahead for inclement weather, so be certain to have a space for guests to seek respite if the sky falls out with a thunderstorm. With this possibility in mind, keep your outdoor decor simplistic. After all, your sparkling outdoor kitchen island, warming patio heaters, and luxurious outdoor fireplace from Gas Grills Now are decoration enough.

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What Does An Outdoor Kitchen Island Kit Contain?

Outdoor kitchen island kits may include any number of appliances for outdoor cooking and entertaining. Some kits include a simple grill and refrigerator, while others contain many kitchen gadgets. Different materials may be available for the base as well, allowing you to choose colors best suited to your backyard.

The most basic element included in an outdoor kitchen island kit is a grill. Stainless steel is a common material used for grills, but others, such as wrought iron, may be available as well. The dimensions and special features of the grill also vary. A refrigerator for an outdoor kitchen island, when included in the kit, often matches the grill. Islands with stainless steel grills, for instance, may have stainless steel front panel refrigerators.

Other cooking surfaces available in outdoor kitchen islands include griddles, ovens, side burners, and even open fire pits. The size and number of additional cooking surfaces may vary considerably. For example, a kit may include one large oven, a smaller oven, and a single griddle, while some other outdoor kitchen island kits could contain one large griddle with no other cooking elements but the grill. All griddles, burners, and ovens included in a kit usually match the grill’s look as well.

Many kits contain kitchen amenities that could make your outdoor grilling experience easier. Small sinks for washing grill utensils and built-in trash receptacles, for example, are common elements for an outdoor kitchen island. Large counter tops for preparing food and under-counter storage cupboards are often available as well. Other items, such as ice makers, beer taps, and countertops tall enough to serve as a bar, could be useful for entertaining guests.

An outdoor kitchen island kit may have a base made from a number of materials to perfectly suit your outdoor area. Brick, granite, stone, and stucco are common materials and offer a rustic charm. Even marble may be utilized for a strong and beautiful island base. Other materials might be available for certain areas within the kitchen island. For instance, a kit might include porcelain tile countertops for an indoor kitchen look.

The shapes of island bases might also vary from simple rectangles and L-shapes to more complex designs. Size is also a consideration. Some kits have bases that are compact enough to fit in a small corner of the backyard, while others could cover a massive area with plenty of countertops and gadgets.

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How Can I Turn My Outdoor Grill Island into a Smoker?

For savory meat straight from the grill, nothing beats a smoker. Great grill recipes often require a smoker to bring out the best flavor in meat and fish. There are several free-standing appliances available to great grill gourmands. But why purchase a new appliance when you can easily adapt your grill island to smoke your meat for you?

Turning your grill into a smoker is easy. You’ll just need to purchase the right smoker box. A smoker box is a fireproof tin designed to create the smoke you’ll need to season your meat. All you’ll need to do is to fill the box with the wet wood chips of your choice – like mesquite, apple, and oak. Once the box is full, you will place the box just under the grill rack, against the strongest heat source of the grill. Once smoke begins to filter out of the box, your grill is ready, and you can begin smoking.

If you’re just starting out as a novice smoker, it’s best to start small. You may want to try our Bull Smoker box first. This box is small enough to use easily on most grills. The smoke output isn’t enough to flavor a large amount of meat. But it will give you a chance to test out smoking without investing in larger equipment.

For more advanced smokers, try the Fire Magic Grill smoker box or the American Outdoor Grill Smoker Box. Both boxes have more space for wood chips, so you can smoke a larger amount of meat. And both models have adjustable vents. This means you can control the amount of smoke the meat gets at any point in the cooking process.

If you smoke large amounts of meat, and need the most smoke possible, check out the Crown Verity Smoker box. Nothing holds more woodchips than this model. This model had enough space to evenly smoke and entire grill full of meat, and fits easily on most gas and electric grills.

No matter if you’re just getting started or looking to smoke an entire turkey, investing in a smoker box is a wise decision. It’s a little amount of effort for a flavorful payoff. So get ready to bring new life to your barbeque pork recipe. Get ready to add a richer flavor to chicken or fish. Either way, a smoker box will get you there.

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What Are the Benefits of an Outside Grill Island?

So, you’re considering adding a grill island or kitchen island to your yard? Congratulations! A grill island is one of the best additions a homeowner can make to their property.

For anyone who loves spending time in their yard, a grill island is a wonderful addition. It allows you to use your yard like another room of your house. With a grill island you can turn any summer get-together into a party they’ll never forget. The island will give you buffet space, and a place for your guests to eat. You won’t have to rely on old picnic tables or unsteady lawn chairs. Your friends will be relaxing with you in the nerve center of your yard. And having them sit closer will give you plenty of time to talk to them as you cook up your latest creation.

But a grill island is practical as well as fun. It’s a great security feature for your grill. If your grill is kept outside, it’s always in danger. That’s because a regular grill is an unsecured grill. And an unsecured grill can be damaged by weather, or stolen. Creating a grill island attaches this crucial tool to your property. And a grill island gives you great storage space as well. It allows you to store awkward grill tools, bags of charcoal, lighter fluid, and other items safely. And that goes for your perishable grill essentials as well. With a grill island you have a refrigerator to store food before you grill it. A grill island can even help you keep beverages cool for your guests.

And grill islands don’t just allow you make the most of your property. They increase your property value as well. Using a great grill island as one of many features in your back yard can make your house look more like a resort than just a simple hang out destination. Prospective home owners can easily see how owning a house with a grill island will increase the function of their lives. And that appearance of function pays off. Home appraisers see an increase in a houses value with the addition of a grill island. In some cases, that increase can be as much as $18,000 for the overall value of the house.

With great function, great security, a great look, and great value, why wouldn’t you invest in a grill island?

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What’s the Best Equipment for My Grill Island?

The best type of equipment for you island depends on what you like to do best. Once you’ve invested in this great addition to your backyard, you’ll want to show it off as much as possible. So play to your strengths! Decide what events will feature your new island, and get the equipment that would work best.

Do you like to host backyard games, and cook burgers and dogs for your guests?

Then you’re going to love our side burners. These additions can give your grill as many gas boilers and grill space as you need. To make clean up a snap so you can get back in the game, check out one of the concealed trash bins. And don’t forget about our great ice bins. They will keep the cans ice cold while you show off your skills on the gridiron. Or, if your team is a big one, look into one of our Kegerators. These additions will allow you to keep a full keg of beer ice cold for you and your team.

Do you like to host outdoor parties with great spirits and great friends?

If you like to show off your taste in wine, look into one of our wine coolers. With a 3.1 Cubic Foot Capacity, you can allow your guests to sample a small vineyard without ever leaving the yard. Got a great margarita recipe? Show it off using our custom built Margarita Center, complete with customer blender and glasses. Want to show off your bartending skills? Our Outdoor Bar extension is ready to help you out. It incorporates all the holders needed to hold your drinks. And incorporates a bar sink for quick clean up. But if you prefer to bring the bar to your guests, you won’t have a problem. Check out our Cocktail Station. This moving bar has everything you’ll need to mix drinks on the go.

Do you want to show off your skill on the grill?

No matter what meal you’re cooking for, we’ve got you covered. Our Breakfast Club grill attachment comes with stainless steel side cooker and thermostat controlled griddle plate. To cook the perfect steak, you’ll need our searing station. It uses infrared heat to help you to lock in flavor without taking up too much space. And to turn every party into a pizza party, check out our custom-made Chicago Brick Oven. Homemade pizza never tasted so good.

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Gas, Electric, or Charcoal: Which is the Best for My New Island?

So you’ve decided to get a new grill island… and a new grill to go along with it. But what type of grill is best? Even after using a particular grill for years, you may be interested in seeing what else is out there. Each of the three grills types have their strengths. So let’s go over the difference between gas grills, electric grills, and charcoal grills.

Gas: Gas is a cleaner and more versatile heat. You can control the heat output of Gas far better than Electric or Charcoal. And you can funnel Gas through a number of different accessories, like side burners and griddles. Gas heat is stronger than Electric heat. But like Electric grills, Gas leaves no discernible taste in the food it cooks. Gas also lights quickly, and the propane tanks which fuel most Gas grills are inexpensive. People who love a good smoky barbeque may not be fans of Gas grills. But Gas is the grill most frequently used by gourmet chefs and amateur grill masters alike.

Electric:  Electric brings all the great tastes of the grill, without the plumes of smoke. An Electric grill is clean, efficient, and ready to go as soon as you plug it in. Electric can come in small table top models, or big stand alone models.  Like Gas, an Electric grill can use its primary power source to power accessories and attachments. These Electric attachments help you cook your food using a number of different styles. Electric is very adaptable, and the control over the heat itself is excellent. But it may cook the food a little too cleanly for those who love their meat with a nice smoky flavor. And while an electric grill can get hot, it doesn’t get as hot as other grills.

Charcoal: Charcoal is a great overall grill. It gives meat a delicious smoky taste, and it’s one of the most adaptable styles around. With a Charcoal grill, you can use charcoal, charcoal with wood chips, or wood alone to cook your food. Charcoal allows you to get hands on with your meat because you are hands on with the fire itself.  And a Charcoal grill is the easiest to set up because it is not dependent on a source of gas or electricity. But unlike Gas or Electric, the temperature for a Charcoal grill can be sporadic. A Charcoal grill must be monitored carefully in order for the food to cook properly.  Depending on the cook, this can be a plus or a minus.

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