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9 Awesome Features Every Dallas Outdoor Kitchen Should Have

9 Awesome Features Every Outdoor Kitchen Should Have

With so many gadgets and appliances on the market, choosing the right fittings for your outdoor kitchen might seem overwhelming. Thankfully, we’ve done some of the work for you. Below you’ll find six features that you should consider for your brand new outdoor kitchen. Some are obvious choices, while others are cool additions that you might not have thought to add to your design. Whether you pick a few or all of them, you will have a great plan for your outdoor kitchen.

1. Get Your Grill On

The first feature that every outdoor kitchen should have is a grill. Even people without an entire outdoor kitchen should have a grill in the backyard, but there are many different types of grills to choose from. Your options for grills include gas, charcoal, and a new favorite-ceramic. These tend to run a little higher when it comes to price, but are still an affordable option. Your choice will ultimately come down to personal preference (some grill masters just love their charcoal) and price.

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Outdoor Living Area with Kitchen and Fireplace

2. Everything And the Kitchen Sink

The next must have for your outdoor kitchen is a sink. Having a sink outside will make food prep and clean up so much easier. For a ready supply of filtered water, opt for a sink with a built-in water purifier. For durability, you can’t beat stainless steel. And for an outdoor kitchen, it’s certainly the safest option. You don’t want to have to worry about porcelain sinks cracking or discoloring in extreme weather.

3. Dishwasher Drawers for Mini Loads

If you prefer to keep house and outdoor dishes separate, you’ll want to add a dishwasher to your outdoor kitchen. If you don’t need a full sized model, there are slim washers available as well as washer drawers that allow you to run half loads when you only have a small group.

4. Kegerator Anyone?

Wine refrigerators are a popular choice for outdoor kitchens, but if you prefer hops to grapes, you need a Kegerator. Ditch the cans and bottles and break out the mason jars. When you have a Kegerator, your guests can enjoy fresh, ice cold beer on tap at your own backyard bar. While it may require a few extra steps to keep the lines clean and well-maintained, it’s worth the few minutes of added work. Want to offer the ultimate beverage selection? Consider a model that combines a traditional beverage refrigerator with the kegerator unit.

Perlick Kergerator and Refrigerator Combo from HomeEquipmentStars.com

Perlick Kergerator and Refrigerator Combo from HomeEquipmentStars.com

5. Trash Drawer and Compactor

Keeping trash under cover is critical in an outdoor kitchen. With a trash drawer that doubles as a compactor, you keep your trash out of the way of critters and compact it for space saving. Consider having an additional trash drawer for recyclables like glass and plastics.

6. Warming Drawer

Don’t let your grilled masterpieces go cold while the kids are swimming. Your warming drawer will make sure food stays warm and juicy when moving from grill to table.

7. Gas Side-Burners / Griddles

If your grill doesn’t have a gas burner plate built in, consider having two installed on your outdoor kitchen countertop. These are handy for heating up beans and other sides or for doing large pot boils like crab, crawfish or lobster pot boils!

8. Pizza Ovens

For that authentic pizza taste, why not install a traditional stone pizza oven in your outdoor kitchen? Your guests will love assembling their own creations and watching them go onto the stone oven.

9. Pass Through Window

Let’s face it, sometimes you’ll still need to use your indoor kitchen amenities. And that makes a pass through window a must-have. Whether for food service or clean up, this will save you a lot of hassle and your feet will thank you.

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Unwanted Guests? How to Keep Critters Away From Your Dallas Outdoor Kitchen

Unwanted Guests? How to Keep the Critters Away From Your Outdoor Kitchen

Depending on where your home is located, you’ve likely had more than a few run-in’s with area critters. From raccoons, possums, and squirrels to horse flies and mosquitoes, the last “guests” you want in your backyard kitchen are pests. When creating your dream outdoor kitchen design, it is a good idea to go ahead some of these prevention techniques to protect your kitchen from late night raiders and BBQ party crashers.

Chemicals and Traps

Poison? Nobody likes to think of it. But sometimes it may be necessary to use chemicals pest control to keep your food and prep areas safe. Consider laying ant and roach traps inside cabinets where you keep food or drinks. You may need to also consider a mouse trap if this seems to be a problem. Avoid using broad distribution chemicals near a pool or garden area. Fly tape is also an effective chemical-free solution that can be easily tucked behind columns and walls so that it’s not on display.

Bug Lanterns

Carefully position a bug lantern away from the main gathering and eating areas, but close enough to attract and condemn bugs so they will not bother your guests or get into food.

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Tiki Torches and Candles

These are actually attractive and also practical. Torches and candles provide lighting for your outdoor area, add a romantic ambiance, and also can keep pests away when scented with citronella or other natural oils used for pest control.

Colanders and Covers

Always have a few colanders or food nets available to protect buffet dishes from pests. You are outdoors after all- there will be flies and gnats no matter what precautions you take.

Mow the Lawn

Keeping your outdoor dining area clear of tall plants and grass can prevent a lot of bugs from setting up camp nearby. You can have attractive planters with some flowers and such, but be cautious about what types of plants you use so they do not attract too many bees or other insects. Catnip or rosemary can discourage many types of bugs from coming close.

Blow Them Away

Installing several fans around your outdoor kitchen and dining areas can produce just enough wind to keep flying pests from coming anywhere near your guests. You can use outdoor ceiling fans, portable fans, and even vent fans if you like.

Water-Filled Plastic Bags

Have you ever seen clear plastic bags of water hanging around a patio area at a local restaurant? While the science behind this method is debatable, there are many that swear by it, from ranchers to backyard grill masters. To give it a try, fill some clear plastic bags with water and hang them around your kitchen area. The light refraction is said to keep flies away.

Clean Up

Keep trash receptacles handy for everyone to use and empty the trash often. Also have environmentally safe cleaners around to take care of spills or to clean up the countertops and appliances after use. Make sure everything is sealed away and cleaned thoroughly so unwanted pests will have no interest in your outdoor kitchen areas.

Get Locks

Yes that’s right- some critters are so wily that only locks will keep them out. (Have you ever seen a raccoon pry cooler lids and trashcans open? We have!) Consider adding locks to your cabinet and fridge doors. Some of the child locks are very effective, yet low-profile so as not to detract from your kitchen’s design. When cleaning up at night, approach your outdoor kitchen like you would a camp site- make sure everything is locked up and secure and that food is stored in air-tight containers so as not to provide more temptation for night visitors.

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Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

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