Outdoor Kitchens & Grills Articles

If you can’t stand the heat—take the kitchen outside! Outdoor kitchens continue to be one of the most popular outdoor improvement projects among homeowners. Discover your options in barbecue grills, including gas, propane, and charcoal. Learn the variety of outdoor appliances that are available, such as stovetops, refrigerators, and even pizza ovens. Plus, get design tips to learn how to choose the right countertop, cabinets, and flooring to match the rest of your home.

Ready to install an outdoor kitchen? Visit our Outdoor Kitchens & Grills Buyers' Guide for a list of companies and where to buy.

Aquatech, a National Society of Pool-Building & Retailing Professionals; Photo courtesy of Cimarron Circle Construction Co.; Designed by Prideux Design; Photography by Balfour Walker

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Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

Transform an empty outdoor space into a fabulous gathering place for dining, entertaining, and enjoying family and friends. Read more >>


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Outdoor Café

Your guide to outfitting the ultimate backyard kitchen. Read more >>

Purchasing an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens combine fresh air with fresh food – and add a fresh take on convenience and entertaining. Read more >>

The Great Outdoors: Creating an Entertainment Spot

If your idea of a great patio includes elements such as a poured concrete patio, plastic outdoor furniture, or a simple charcoal grill, it’s time to upgrade. The modern backyard is defined by inviting, comfortable living spaces that extend from the back door, to the hot tub and pool, to the back gate. Read more >>

Living Alfresco

Many homeowners have transformed their backyards into outdoor "rooms." They made these spaces as important to their families' quality of life as their kitchens and family rooms. Read more >>

The Scoop on Stainless

Sleek, stylish and polished to a mirror finish, stainless steel looks sensational, so it's no surprise that it has become the hottest material for barbecue grills today. Read more >>

Grilling for Chillin'

Options and accessories to make outdoor cooking easier, faster, and more flavorful. You may never want to turn on the indoor oven again. Read more >>

Fuel Choices for Grilling

With instantaneous, pushbutton convenience, it's easy to understand why gas grills are preferred by most barbecuers. But then again, there is that great taste that comes with charcoal. What's best for you? Read more >>

Choosing a Barbecue: Save or Splurge

How to find a barbecue that meets your budget and grilling style. Read more >>

Cooking with Bobby Flay


It's easy to be humbled by Bobby Flay when the famous chef fires up his grill and tosses on an assortment of fresh vegetables and some tender meat that's been marinated in one of his tasty sauces. Read more >>

What's Your Type?

Like the meals they prepare, grills run the gamut -- from simple and practical to the ultimate in luxurious living. What's best for you? Read more >>

Choosing the Right Grill

Don't run out and buy the first grill you lay eyes on; take some time to decide what type of grill is right for you, your backyard and your lifestyle. Read more >>

The Inside Scoop on Outdoor Kitchens

Much more than just a cooking grill, a backyard kitchen can offer most of the conveniences and appliances that are found in an indoor kitchen. Read more >>

The Low-down on High-tech Grills

America's favorite family pastime has gotten bigger, better and more high-tech. With today's models, a backyard chef can cook an entire meal outdoors, using multiple burners and more than one fuel at a time. Read more >>

Come and Get It

Today’s state-of-the-art grills, packed with features and possibilities, have achieved “professional appliance status” and can accomplish practically any cooking technique. They are veritable kitchens on carts, right down to the sink. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the latest innovations. Read more >>

Stock Up for an Impromptu Party

Everything just seems more casual when nice weather fills the air - the clothing, the cuisine - even the company. There is something about delightful temperatures that seems to raise the guest drop-in level. Perhaps it is all those doors and windows flung open that coax breezes in and beckon unexpected guests your way. Add a pool or bubbling hot tub to the mix, and the probability of visitors increases exponentially. But don't worry; with a little advance preparation, you can be ready to welcome visitors at a moment's notice. Read more >>

Outdoor Tableware

For many people who entertain outdoors, the thrill of enjoying a backyard area becomes tempered with the fear of dishes and glasses falling and breaking against the patio. Fortunately, a number of tableware products can allay these fears, offering a worry-free outdoor dining experience. Read more >>

Marinating Guide, Your Key to Flavor Enhancers

What paint is to a blank canvas, a marinade is to a plain piece of chicken, fish, beef or other food. Marinades add dimension, excitement, personality and interest; they are a perfect prelude to most anything cooked on a barbecue. Read more >> 

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