30 Things To Stock In An Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking al fresco is a great way to enjoy those summer nights. There is nothing quite like dining on the patio surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of this sensational season. So why not take advantage of those extra hours of sunshine by gathering your friends and neighbors for a backyard barbecue? You’ll be the host with the most when you stock your outdoor kitchen cabinets with these thirty essentials!

  1. Non-Stick Grill Basket
  2. Non-Stick Vegetable Basket
  3. Skewers
  4. Wood Planks
  5. Ice Chest
  6. Cast Iron Griddle
  7. Long-Handled Metal Tongs
  8. Metal Spatulas
  9. Knife
  10. Grilling Fork
  11. Silicone Basting Brushes
  12. Silicone Mitt/Gloves
  13. Digital Meat Thermometer
  14. Timer
  15. Stiff Wire Grill Brush
  16. Fire Extinguisher
  17. Grill Light (or Flashlight)
  18. Paper Towels
  19. Aluminum Foil
  20. Trash Can
  21. Unbreakable Dishes
  22. Plastic Cups
  23. Plastic Ware
  24. Plastic Pitcher
  25. Napkins
  26. Bottle Opener
  27. Salt and Pepper Shakers
  28.  Olive Oil
  29.  Herbs and Spices
  30. Table Cloth

Whether you are cooking for one or cooking for a crowd, a good grill and well-stocked outdoor kitchen cabinets make dining al fresco a breeze! Take this handy list with you while you shop this summer — and while you are at it, be sure to invest in some kitchen cabinet locks to keep everything you just purchased safely stored inside.

How To Host A Smashingly Simple Summer Cookout

Now that your grill and outdoor kitchen cabinets are ready to party, start by making out a guest list and spreading the word. Once all the RSVPs are in, plan your menu and then shop for your ingredients a few days before your backyard bash. But remember, it’s always polite to inquire about food allergies and dietary restrictions before you begin.

Don’t be afraid to ask guests to contribute to the munchies (no one likes to come to a party empty-handed and going semi-potluck simplifies things for everyone). As the host, you should supply the entrée, beverages, and other necessities like rolls and condiments, and allow your guests to handle the sides, salads, desserts, or anything else they would like to bring.

The day before, prep everything you can ahead of time, and make sure your yard is cleaned up, providing shade, and plenty of seating for all your guests. Consider setting up a portable kitchen cart as a beverage station, and make sure you have enough ice on hand. You may even want to have some tunes at the ready to set the party mood, plus citronella candles, extra lighting, and even fans to cool things off. And no backyard gathering is complete without lawn games like corn hole or bocce ball!

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