Everyone loves a good party. Add in the company of friends and family with some good barbeque and the party becomes an instant hit. Barbeques are an informal setting where people can forget about the stresses and hassles of everyday life and relax for a change. Take the planning one step further by incorporating bbq islands into a backyard design.
Every outdoor kitchen should contain essential elements that are needed to enhance the entertainment value of any backyard social gathering. There are the obvious pieces of equipment that must be included such as a built in grill and a sink for easy food preparation and after dinner cleanup. Another must have piece of equipment for entertainment purposes is an outdoor kitchen pizza oven.
There is a flat surface pizza oven that functions similar to that of a brick pizza oven seen in many restaurants. Another option is a stainless steel pizza oven that resembles a microwave oven. Finally there is a combination option that stacks an oven and a microwave oven on top of one another. This is the perfect option for making pizza for the kids and hamburgers for adults.
No party would be complete without tasty beverages. Add in a stainless steel blender that is perfect for mixed drinks, salsa or other sauces for party foods. Take the beer straight from the refrigerator to the tap in one step with a beer tap refrigerator. Make cocktails easier with a cocktail center complete with divided sections for ice and garnishes for drinks. Keep everything ice cold with the help of a drop in ice chest. This is the perfect place to store drinks for the adults and popsicles for the kids.
Summer will inevitably turn to fall and the cooler weather is not too far behind. There is no reason the arrival of cooler weather should bring an end to backyard barbeques. Simply add in an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to any BBQ islands setup for great cold weather parties. Outdoor fireplaces are available in gas, electric and wood burning formats. For a cozier feel, select an outdoor fire pit. These decorative pieces can easily be placed in the center of a gathering to bring warmth to a party once the sun has set for the evening.
Nothing creates a great party atmosphere more than a warm fire paired with music or television. Relive those old high school memories by blasting the favorite tunes of that year on a surround sound stereo system built right into the outdoor kitchen unit. Many of the outdoor stereos come complete with AM/FM stereo, CD and MP3 capabilities. There is even the opportunity to add in iPod and satellite radio capabilities.
Invite the guys over for the big game and relax in a comfortable backyard BBQ island setup complete with television. Select two or more televisions to be installed into the island layout to enhance the game even more. There will be plenty of room for storing ice, grilling up stellar burgers and popping a nice cold beer whenever the mood arises. It is a functional setting for family gatherings as well. Kids birthdays would not be complete until the latest kids show craze appeared on the outdoor kitchen television while hot dogs and fries were being cooked on the grill.
There are a variety of Outdoor Kitchens to select from in terms of layout design. A common selection is the standard straight line layout with at least two kitchen components. Rounded and L-shape layout designs provide additional countertop space and customized feature options. There is the opportunity to add bar stool seating around the counter. This provides BBQ guests with a front row seat to all the grilling action.
From a cost perspective, there are BBQ islands that fit within any budget. The overall price of an island depends greatly on what options an owner wishes to include. Economy cost islands consist of the straight line design with at least two kitchen components. From there the sizes and prices expand. A grand scale grill island layout can consume the better portion of outdoor patio areas and mirror that of a standard indoor kitchen.
There is nothing better in life than inviting friends and family over for a backyard barbeque. Outdoor kitchens complete with the essential entertainment features will make hosting a barbeque less work on the chef and ensure a good time will be had by all.