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7 Outdoor Kitchen Must Haves

You already know that you want an Outdoor Kitchen. However, you may think, what are the top outdoor kitchen must-haves? …

You already know that you want an Outdoor Kitchen. However, you may think, what are the top outdoor kitchen must-haves? 

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Below we have constructed a list of our top features to help you decide your needs and wants. To start, let’s talk about food. 

Food

Meat

Let’s begin with cooking, there are many ways to cook on a BBQ, the most common way is to grill on the open grill and the juices fall onto the burner plates, which sends up a cloud of smoke that gives the meat its chargrilled flavour. The longer you use the bbq the better it gets! You can also use the flat griddle plate, this is much like using a large frying pan but the juices go back into the meats, with the lid down it seals the meat perfectly.

Vegetables

There’s are best cooked on the flat griddle plate with olive oil and seasoning.

Cooking with Charcoal

This type of BBQ cooking is very popular, the hardened bbq chef will only cook with charcoal, this option is great but is restricted when incorporating it in an outdoor kitchen.

The charcoal cooking process takes time and the timing of when you put the food on the grill is critical, too soon and it will burn too late and it will take a long time or not cook at all. So the prime time to cook on Charcoal is when the coals are just turning light grey.

Garden bar area

The garden bar is a fantastic place to relax and socialise with friends and family. We recommend a bar or seating area as a separate space or incorporate it in your outdoor kitchen design, the outdoor fridge is a must if you are thinking about a garden bar.

Keep it stocked up with your favorite wine and beers for your mates. There are no outdoor freezers available in the UK for ice, but there are tabletop ice makers and bar caddy’s that can provide a solution to the ice problem. We personally love ice in our drinks and bring out a cold box full of ice when entertaining outside.

A sink is a good option for a bar to rinse glasses and wash your hands. Or we have built kitchens with two sinks so one can be filled with ice and bottles.

The bar can be raised to provide a seating area with stools or just standing and chatting. A lot of our kitchens just have an extended worktop to achieve the same thing and use it as a seating area/bar.

BBQ types

Kamado BBQ

These Kamado BBQs are perfect for an outdoor kitchen setup. The two most popular makes are the Kamado Joe and The Green Egg.

Both are equally amazing to cook on and have slightly different features but essentially they both work on the same principle, by heating up to high temperatures and sealing the smoke and heat into the chamber. You can adjust the heat output by opening the air hole at the bottom. The fuel is charcoal generally and gives an authentic taste. The outside of the bbq will not get too hot and this is why it’s perfect for a bespoke outdoor kitchen setup

Electric BBQs

This is an unusual subject as the very thought of an electric appliance being cooked on the outside is a bit of a mystery. However they are made and they are not overly popular, personally, I’ve never sold one and would worry about electricity and rain in the same sentence so I can’t tell you much. I would suggest that if you are contemplating getting one be sure to keep it dry when not in use.

For a full list of our recommended BBQs, take a look at our How to choose the right Outdoor Kitchen guide. Or browse our What is the best outdoor BBQ? guide. 

Pizza oven

This is one of the popular appliances that we are asked for to be incorporated into our outdoor kitchens.

Take a look at our What to consider when buying an outdoor pizza oven guide for more information. 

There are lots of makes out there and also different fuels to cook with. The most basic tabletop pizza oven starts at around £300.00 and can reach £6,000.00 so a lot of homework is needed. We can advise you on the best options for your needs. Get in touch

Chefs anvil bbq

This is a great way to cook, there are several manufacturers one of which is Quan garden art

This is a wood-fired cast iron hot plate and gives a variety of ways to cook outside. We are a main dealer for Quan and are happy to give you more information.

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    Vanessa Palmer-SmithVanessa Palmer-Smith
    21:55 10 Apr 24
    So happy with the outdoor kitchen and island that David designed and built for us. Super efficient and very high quality finish. The team were friendly and hard working and went out of their way to do a great job. Highly recommend this company
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    So happy with the work that David and Scott did. First and foremost, they are really lovely and trustworthy people, very flexible, offering suggestions and tweaks as you move through the process. The key of course is the end product, and David sourced the best materials so we’ve ended up with a really quality outdoor kitchen that fits the space perfectly. Genuinely, couldn’t be happier and would recommend without hesitation. Thanks
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    David and the team were exceptional. We were thrilled with our new outdoor kitchen. They certainly gave us the WOW factor. Very professional, hard working and always left the job spotlessly clean. We can strongly recommend All about Outdoor Living.
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    We couldn't be happier with our installation by All About Outdoor Living. We had a very particular vision for a really awkward space that was executed perfectly. From the initial design consultation to the final finishing touches, the entire process was seamless and stress-free.Bill who led the groundworks was great to work with. With lots of challenges due to root systems, mature trees/shrubs, drainage issues and uneven ground, Bill and his team worked meticulously to lay porcelain patios, paths and turf, providing solutions for everything.David, Dale and Dean bought the whole space to life with a stunning, bespoke wooden pergola that is a structural statement in itself. And they fabricated an angled kitchen on site with water and power supply, to boldly frame and define a space where nothing is level or convenient. They were a joy to have around, and gave all the attention to detail you could want.The quality of workmanship is outstanding, and the materials used are not only durable but also visually stunning. Our family and friends are truly impressed with the results and we would recommend them in an instant. Cooking and entertaining outdoors has never been this enjoyable. Thank you, All About Outdoor Living, for creating our dream outdoor kitchen space.
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    An excellent experience from start to finish. David is very experienced in terms of site position, planning, seeing potential problems and finding good cost effective solutions. Dale and Dean were a pleasure to have working on site. As a family, we love our outdoor kitchen and cannot recommend it enough. The blinds and pivoting roof makes it a useable space for all seasons. I wouldn’thesitate to recommend David and his team to anyone.
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    David provided a great service - suggesting a top product which we're enjoying using.
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    Great company, no pushy sales pitch. Just completed my new outdoor kitchen and pergola so I'm all set for when the sun comes out. Can't wait!!
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    19:25 04 Jan 23
    I think sometimes, projects like this can be so overwhelming. Although, with David’s advice and wealth of knowledge, he was able to advise and help to design our outdoor kitchen which catered for all our needs and requests and all within our budget too. Thank you!
    Jude CleaverJude Cleaver
    15:40 22 Nov 22
    All about outdoor living came to see me and produced some amazing ideas, after getting the quotation and drawings I was pleasantly surprised it was in my budget. The workmen who carried out the job were clean and hard working, I can highly recommend this company for doing what they say they will do. Thank you David for overseeing the project and making the whole process comfortable for me.
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    20:12 23 Aug 22
    I set out to update my garden after almost 2 years of lockdown , it was time to turn our attentions to making our garden a great outdoor entertainment space and give it an overhaul and David and his team did a great job.
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    21:55 10 Apr 24
    So happy with the outdoor kitchen and island that David designed and built for us. Super efficient and very high quality finish. The team were friendly and hard working and went out of their way to do a great job. Highly recommend this company
    Tim AdamsTim Adams
    10:39 26 Mar 24
    So happy with the work that David and Scott did. First and foremost, they are really lovely and trustworthy people, very flexible, offering suggestions and tweaks as you move through the process. The key of course is the end product, and David sourced the best materials so we’ve ended up with a really quality outdoor kitchen that fits the space perfectly. Genuinely, couldn’t be happier and would recommend without hesitation. Thanks
    Jack MillerJack Miller
    14:39 01 Jan 24
    David and his team were excellent and helping me install a bbq onto a work surface.I was so impressed with their work that they have completely 3 other jobs for me (brickwork, glass alignment and guttering) and I have asked them to quote on another job. The team are hard working and would highly recommend them.
    Wendy LlambiasWendy Llambias
    21:24 14 Nov 23
    David and the team were exceptional. We were thrilled with our new outdoor kitchen. They certainly gave us the WOW factor. Very professional, hard working and always left the job spotlessly clean. We can strongly recommend All about Outdoor Living.
    Misbah SyalMisbah Syal
    16:02 15 Oct 23
    We couldn't be happier with our installation by All About Outdoor Living. We had a very particular vision for a really awkward space that was executed perfectly. From the initial design consultation to the final finishing touches, the entire process was seamless and stress-free.Bill who led the groundworks was great to work with. With lots of challenges due to root systems, mature trees/shrubs, drainage issues and uneven ground, Bill and his team worked meticulously to lay porcelain patios, paths and turf, providing solutions for everything.David, Dale and Dean bought the whole space to life with a stunning, bespoke wooden pergola that is a structural statement in itself. And they fabricated an angled kitchen on site with water and power supply, to boldly frame and define a space where nothing is level or convenient. They were a joy to have around, and gave all the attention to detail you could want.The quality of workmanship is outstanding, and the materials used are not only durable but also visually stunning. Our family and friends are truly impressed with the results and we would recommend them in an instant. Cooking and entertaining outdoors has never been this enjoyable. Thank you, All About Outdoor Living, for creating our dream outdoor kitchen space.
    Alex BlomfieldAlex Blomfield
    13:52 13 Sep 23
    If you need anything from design to help with getting your bbq fixed, this is the place to go. I can't recommend them highly enough. David is not only incredibly knowledgeable about everything Bbq's but also really helpful and professional. Don't go anywhere else!!!
    JJ RJJ R
    10:01 19 May 23
    An excellent experience from start to finish. David is very experienced in terms of site position, planning, seeing potential problems and finding good cost effective solutions. Dale and Dean were a pleasure to have working on site. As a family, we love our outdoor kitchen and cannot recommend it enough. The blinds and pivoting roof makes it a useable space for all seasons. I wouldn’thesitate to recommend David and his team to anyone.
    Lyndon HedderlyLyndon Hedderly
    10:28 18 May 23
    David provided a great service - suggesting a top product which we're enjoying using.
    Matt GouldMatt Gould
    11:16 25 Jan 23
    Great company, no pushy sales pitch. Just completed my new outdoor kitchen and pergola so I'm all set for when the sun comes out. Can't wait!!
    Scott FranklinScott Franklin
    19:44 04 Jan 23
    Emma ChallisEmma Challis
    19:25 04 Jan 23
    I think sometimes, projects like this can be so overwhelming. Although, with David’s advice and wealth of knowledge, he was able to advise and help to design our outdoor kitchen which catered for all our needs and requests and all within our budget too. Thank you!
    Jude CleaverJude Cleaver
    15:40 22 Nov 22
    All about outdoor living came to see me and produced some amazing ideas, after getting the quotation and drawings I was pleasantly surprised it was in my budget. The workmen who carried out the job were clean and hard working, I can highly recommend this company for doing what they say they will do. Thank you David for overseeing the project and making the whole process comfortable for me.
    Gillian ForsterGillian Forster
    20:12 23 Aug 22
    I set out to update my garden after almost 2 years of lockdown , it was time to turn our attentions to making our garden a great outdoor entertainment space and give it an overhaul and David and his team did a great job.
    Harvey SHarvey S
    15:49 22 Aug 22
    Amazing team! From start to finish the service, quality and support was fantastic. Products are of a high standard and the collaboration on the design was brilliant. Highly recommend David and his team.
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