Fall is a great time to enjoy your outdoor kitchen. It’s important to take advantage of sunny but temperate seasons as much as possible. With proper planning and preparation, you can fully maximize the enjoyment of your outdoor kitchen.
Fall: Keep the grill fired up
Weekends are everything in the fall. Kids are back in school, football games are in full swing and everyone is trying to extend grilling season with one last barbecue.
Rather than hanging in a parking lot for the big game, throw a “home-gate” party in your outdoor kitchen. Many homeowners are outfitting their spaces with outdoor TVs and speaker systems that rival watching at popular neighborhood pubs. All you need to decide is what will be on the menu.
Autumn is all about smoky wood fires, so try capturing that atmosphere by grilling over a large wood-fired grill, such as an Argentine-style grill. You can impress your guests with all of the flavors you can only achieve with a wood fire.
Remember temperatures can fluctuate from cool to hot in the fall, so make sure you have plenty of cold beverages in your outdoor fridge.
Winter: No need to hibernate
November officially kicks off the holiday season. Your holiday get-togethers can stand out from the pack by bringing outside flavors into the warm comfort of your home.
The intense flavor of slow-roasted meats is the perfect pairing with wintertime. Also known as indirect grilling, food is placed in an area without fire below it and cooking is done with the grill hood closed. Add the flavor of a wood fire for “smoke roasting.” This is a perfect way to prepare a beef or pork roast for the holidays. This also frees up your indoor oven for other holiday dishes.
Be the hero of the holiday party by surprising your guests with delicious, slow-cooked brisket or roasted ham, but keep your outdoor grill or smoker conveniently located adjacent to your indoor kitchen and within close proximity to the back door for quick, easy access, reducing your time out in the cold.
With shorter days, you’ll need to consider lighting. Make sure you have plenty of task lighting to not only see your food on the grill, but also transport it back inside when it’s done cooking.
Infrared space heaters go a long way toward making winter grilling more comfortable. One of the last things you want is a delay for the big meal because you’re simply not warm enough to cook effectively.