The basic idea behind an outdoor kitchen is to allow the chef to escape from the kitchen and to be a part of the fun on the patio, around the swimming pool, and in the backyard. The ready availability of a cooking surface, refrigeration for meat and perishable storage, and a unit that can hold beverages that need refrigeration securely so that no transport is needed has become within the price range of most people today.
The variety for each necessity is huge.
You can still have a basic bar-b-que grill. New materials and electronics have made the BBQ grill much more flexibility in cooking, heating sources, and portability. You can get a BBQ grill that will take itself to the patio and store itself if that is what you need.
More permanent outdoor cooking units can include gas or electric grills and ovens. The choice is huge and can be as large and elaborate as the space you have allows and your needs demand.
The ice chest was the old standby for refrigeration when most of us were kids. Refrigeration units are now available that range in size from a college dorm refrigerator to a double door unit that is big enough for a restaurant.
The versatility of the refrigeration unit is a key to outdoor fun. The larger units have all of the special bins for storage of vegetables, fruit, meat and drinks. They also have plenty of shelf and door space for all the necessary condiments.
Modern drink storage is designed to allow segregation of adult drinks from children’s drinks. Most units have keys that can keep the adult drinks away from the kids. Special unit made specifically to keep your wine collection at the optimum temperature for storage and enjoying are also available.
You need storage space for cooking utensils, plates, table cloths, napkins, and all of the other paraphernalia you need for outdoor cooking. The idea is to have a place to keep the stuff that you use outside and eliminate the need to carry anything. Units of one drawer to units that are the size of a large cupboard are available.
Sinks in the outdoor kitchen let you do the clean up and force the kids and spouses to help if they plan to eat.
The outdoor kitchen has evolved to become a stand alone unit that includes all that you need to cook, store, and secure your outdoor kitchen area. Prefabricated units that can be installed in a day fit many people’s requirements. The outdoor kitchen for a swimming pool needs more planning and work to fit the kitchen to an existing swimming pool.