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5 Outdoor Kitchen Essentials For The Perfect Summer BBQ

October 29th, 2022 | 3 min. read

By Phil Parsons

Summertime is the perfect time to throw a BBQ party with your friends and family. But if you want to ensure your outdoor kitchen is ready for the occasion, make sure you have these outdoor kitchen essentials! Of course, a grill, outdoor furniture, and utensils are a must, but there are plenty of other items that can make your BBQ party even better. This article will discuss the top outdoor kitchen must-haves for the perfect summer BBQ!

An Excellent Grill

First and foremost, you will need a high-quality grill. A grill is the centerpiece of any outdoor kitchen, so make sure you choose one that is durable and will withstand the elements. There are many different grills to choose from, but the two most popular are gas and charcoal grills. Gas grills are more convenient, and they heat up quickly and evenly. Charcoal grills give you that smoky flavor that many people love. However, they can be a bit more challenging to use and don’t cook for as long as gas grills. Although it depends on personal taste, a gas grill is typically the better choice for most people. If you opt for a gas grill, keep in mind that there are different types – natural gas and propane. Natural gas is more convenient and cheaper, but it requires a connection to your home’s gas line. Propane is more portable but can be more expensive in the long run. You’ll also have to refill the tank regularly.


A Fridge

Next on the list of outdoor kitchen essentials is a fridge. A fridge is essential to keep your drinks cold and refreshing, especially in the summer heat! However, a cold drink is delicious no matter what time of year it is.

If keeping your drinks cold and refreshing throughout the party is a top priority, you may want to invest in one. You can even include an ice maker along with your fridge so that you have a never-ending supply of cold drinks.

You can get away without a fridge if you’re building an outdoor kitchen on a deck attached to your home – or if your outdoor kitchen is close to your indoor one.

But if your outdoor kitchen is placed far from your indoor kitchen, remember that those long trips back indoors will be a pain – making a fridge essential.

Good Outdoor Lighting

Good lighting is vital for any outdoor gathering, but it’s especially important for a BBQ night. Proper lighting will allow you to cook your food properly, and it will also help create a lively atmosphere.

There are many different outdoor lights to choose from, so find something that fits your style. String lights are a popular choice that creates a festive atmosphere, but there are many other great options. For example, you can install overhead lights if your outdoor kitchen is covered. Or, if you want more of a classic look, consider using lanterns or wall sconces.


Last but not least, don’t forget about outlets! You’ll need access to outlets if you want to use any electrical appliances in your outdoor kitchen. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s something that many people forget.

You can use extension cords if your outdoor kitchen is not near an outlet. But is that truly going to create your dream outdoor kitchen? We think not! The best solution is to install outlets in your outdoor kitchen so that you can use all of your favorite electrical appliances without any hassle. Your guests don’t deserve to trip over cords, and you don’t deserve the stress.

Countertops are essential for prep space, and you can also use them for serving food and the *icy cold* drinks you keep in your fridge.

When choosing countertops for your outdoor kitchen, select materials that can withstand the elements. For example, granite or quartz countertops are a great choice because they are durable and easy to clean. Plus, they look terrific!

It's Time To Start Planning Your Perfect Summer BBQ party!

Now that you know these five essential outdoor kitchen must-haves, it’s time to start planning your perfect outdoor kitchen for a summer BBQ party! With these essentials, you’ll be sure to impress your guests and have a great time. So get ready to fire up the grill and for some fun!

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Phil Parsons

Phil Parsons is an owner at KP Contracting with 20-years’ experience in custom remodeling and the development of outdoor living spaces that bring friends and family together. He is a degreed engineer, and his work has been featured on HGTV.