While it’s true that many backyards across the country are equipped with basic barbecues, few contain fully-functioning outdoor kitchens. Homeowners who’ve never cooked a hot, delicious meal in their own backyards may underestimate exactly how much of a difference a fully-equipped kitchen can make. With the right equipment, outdoor cooking isn’t limited to just burgers or hot dogs on a gas grill; meals can be as simple or as complicated as the budding outdoor chef desires.
Easy as Pie
Custom installed outdoor ovens allow bakers with a penchant for enjoying the great outdoors a means of incorporating their two favorite activities into any day. Outdoor pizza ovens and stone ovens can bake just about anything and are available in both wood-powered and gas-powered models. Including an outdoor oven into a backyard kitchen design can open up all kinds of cooking opportunities.
A Touch of Luxury
Most people think of backyard barbecues as being fun but a bit hokey. With a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, homeowners and their families can add a touch of luxury to an otherwise very down-to-earth experience. Those stars in the night sky won’t shine any brighter when viewed from a plastic lawn chair than they will from more luxurious outdoor furnishings, but any guests will certainly be in a better position to appreciate them in comfort.
Include Necessary Appliances
Moving everything outdoors for the occasional barbecue can get to be a real hassle. Instead, outdoor chefs may prefer to include standard kitchen appliances and utensils in their outdoor kitchen designs. It may sound silly at first, but just think about how much more any chef can enjoy cooking his or her family a delicious meal if there’s no need for running back and forth from the house.
Come Together Around the Fire
Somehow food just seems to taste better when it’s consumed outside around a roaring fire. Including a fire pit or outdoor fireplace in the kitchen design gives inhabitants and guests a beautiful place to relax and appreciate the environment while they cook and eat. It also allows outdoor spaces to be used for more of the year, while a backyard barbecue grill would only really be put to use in the hottest summer months.