Spring is approaching and the weather should be getting better real quick. With that comes more activity for the family as more people venture outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather. For those that like to fire up the grill and cookout, having space and materials to make that happen is ideal when it comes time to entertain. The summer months are filled with holidays and reasons to celebrate, so why not equip your BBQ island with some features that you will enjoy for years to come.
Grilling outdoors is a blast, but if you don’t have the real estate to hold sheet pans, baking dishes, and the utensils needed to do the job it can be a little hectic trying to whip up a meal outdoors. If you are designing your first outdoor BBQ pit, you must highly consider the importance of counter space. This is not only convenient when cooking, but it also can serve as a countertop for feeding family and guests. A few bar stools and your cooking counter quickly converts to a tabletop for eating. Outdoor countertops can take a beating from the natural elements, so which surface do you use? Natural stone surfaces are always going to hold up best to the great outdoors. Treated granite surfaces are our main choice for BBQ pit counters no matter which state you live in.
It’s amazing how important running water can be at your BBQ pit. You can always have a garden hose nearby, or even a bucket of sanitary water, but having a sink and running water is a combination that makes cooking so much easier. Rinsing off produce, cleaning knives, bowls, and cutting boards become so much easier with the convenience of running water.
The grill will be the centerpiece of the whole project, so you want to take your time and pick something you are going to love using. Gas grills are great, and if you have natural gas lines running to the house it’s even better. Propane is an option, and refilling propane tanks isn’t that difficult. Ever thought about a charcoal grill in your BBQ pit? Most people that invest in a pit that has a functioning sink and granite counters opt in for the gas or propane options. There are benefits to the charcoal variations, however, like flavor, and having the ability to smoke more aggressively.
Covered Patio Area
The summer months are a great time to grill, but you may end up using the grill in the winter months also and finding cover from the rain may be necessary. If you don’t install a permanent structure, you may find that a portable awning may be efficient enough to provide shade in the summer months and partial cover from the rain during the winter months. The covering will also protect your grill, counters, and equipment while not in use.