The right outdoor cooking equipment makes outdoor cooking and entertaining a breeze, whether you are hosting friends or simply enjoying a sunset over a backyard fire. The key to an outdoor kitchen or entertainment area is having a range of high-quality outdoor cookware, grills, storage solutions and appliances.
A good starting point is a basic grill, which can be as simple as a rudimentary fire pit created by a ring of rocks in your backyard or a much more comprehensive design that can add on appliances like smokers and pizza ovens. The next important consideration is fuel type – natural gas, propane or charcoal – as these will have an impact on both the cost and ease of use.
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Other grilling accessories you might consider include a meat thermometer, which helps you gauge the internal temperature of your grilled foods; grill baskets that hold food directly over the flame; a pie iron (like a metal clamshell with long handles to make savory or sweet pies); and steel skewers for burgers and chicken. If you are planning on camping, a portable grill that can be hooked up to propane tanks is a great option.
If you plan to entertain a crowd, then having an insulated cooler will be necessary to keep food and beverages chilled. It is a basic rule of outdoor kitchens that raw food needs to be stored separately from cooked foods and salads, so a well-sized cooler in your outdoor space will help minimise the risk of bacterial contamination.