Outdoor Kitchen Components
Just in time for the weekend, a gallery of all-weather luxuries guaranteed to turn any outdoor kitchen into hangout central. Plus, our exclusive TOH cocktail, the Rhum Repair.
Cut a 25-inch square hole in the top of your outdoor kitchen counter and drop in this heavy duty 304 stainless steel box, big enough to cool a few six packs of beer. The bin's drain hole in the bottom can be situated above a bucket, or an earthen hole filled with aggregate for drainage that doesn't require plumbing. The lid closes with a, tight seal. The ice bin costs about $770; bbqguys.com
You could spend the money for the electric required to power an outdoor fridge. Or you could fill this stainless steel basin with ice to keep beverages cold. Once the ice melts, pull out the basin and discard. The ice also keeps condiments in the drawer cold, and the pull doubles as a towel bar. Fire Magic's bar caddy also comes with a dome top to keep grilled burgers and dogs warm for about $552; PatioGrill.com
This 5 foot tall stainless steel light's neck bends and stays in position. Not only that, it converts from floor model to a tabletop light. The lamp includes a 35w halogen bulb and is UL approved to be outside, about $116; bbqguys.com
Fashioned from the weather-worthy stuff that yachts are made of, these high-density polyethylene (HDPE) cabinets make outdoor kitchen storage a breeze. The easy-to-clean units are finished in a light gray textured matte and come in a variety of sizes and forms. Door units contain adjustable shelves, and custom Corian countertops can be ordered to fit. The stainless steel hinges, drawer slides and pulls match the optional sleeves for the adjustable legs; outdoorkitchens.com.
For an extra surface to hold ingredients and utensils while you cook, or for easy serving, this stainless steel, wheeled cart does the job. The front tray is handy for bottles, and the upper and lower surfaces are perforated for liquid run-off. It runs about $500; www.kitchenaid.com.
Cocktails can be shaken and stirred—not to mention iced, garnished and fully prepped—at this built-in stainless steel bar. The sink's 500-gallon filter provides fresh water, it has an ice bin to hold the rocks, and there's storage for bottles and ingredients. It also includes a towel bar, a cutting board, and—for the beer drinkers in the crowd—a bottle opener and cap catcher. It's priced at about $900; www.kitchenaid.com.
Soak up the suds with this quarter- and half-kegger configured for outdoor-ktichen built-in use. The stainless steel dispenser includes a draft tower, hoses, a CO2 tank and regulator, a drip tray, and an interior floor shield. It's temperature is adjustable from a chilly 33 to a refreshing 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's fully auto defrosting. Bells and whistles include a mug rail, plus drain system and tap cleaning kits; lifeluxurymarvel.com.
This 15-inch-wide stainless steel ice maker produces up to 35 pounds of ice a day, so you'll never again have to run to and from the indoor freezer—or worse, the supermarket—to make those drinks on the rocks. The unit requires electrical and plumbing hookups. About $2,600, from Marvel; lifeluxurymarvel.com
This stainless steel bar on wheels includes sink, faucet (hooks up to a garden hose), built-in water filter, ice bin, storage cabinet, and slide-away cutting board. In short, everything you need—that is, if you don't require food. About $2,600, from Lynx; lynxgrills.com
Seven prefab sections made of reinforced concrete are bolted together to create this U-shaped outdoor kitchen with 22 linear feet of workspace. The granite countertop, which overhangs in two places to accommodate bar seating for four, is punctuated by a 38-inch drop-in stainless steel grill. Undercounter are two storage cabinets, one utensil drawer, and a fridge (opposite the grill). The whole kitchen, by Outdoor Living Products, is assembled on site and costs about $10,000, including installation and appliances; bolp.com
With five 13,000-Btu burners, an infrared grilling zone for searing meat quickly at 20,000 Btu, and an extra pair of burners on the side, this stainless steel BBQ offers a whopping 1,105 square inches of cooking surface. That means you can make burgers for your entire touch-football team at the same time and still have room on the side for baked beans. Two folding shelves extend the grill's overall length to 79 inches and provide a place for plates and condiments. Factor in a motorized rotisserie, warming drawer, and storage cabinets, and you've got an all-in-one outdoor kitchen. Available in propane or natural gas, the Electrolux Icon costs about $4,300; electroluxusa.com
The Prep Center (top), with maple chopping board, utensil storage, and two gas burners, supplements the grill for "range-top" cooking outdoors. For built-in use only; about $1,700. The 30-inch-wide ProSear Pod (bottom) offers super-hot infrared heat for searing a steak, as well as low heat for simmering a sauce. For built-in use with an electrical outlet only; about $2,500. Both from Lynx; lynxgrills.com
This built-in, stainless steel gas grill features 22,500 BTU burners, plus grates and sear plates for even heat. Its 14,500 BTU infrared rotisserie burner allows you to slow-roast a 10-pound hunk of meat, and the built-in thermometer lets you monitor temperature while the lid is closed. Open the lid, and halogen lights illuminates its 623 square inches of grilling surface. Side burner, griddle grate and refrigeration are add-on options. The grill costs about $1,900; www.kitchenaid.com.
8-10 fresh mint leaves
.75 fresh lime juice (2-3 fresh line wedges)
1.5 oz Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum (90 proof rhum)
1 oz Depaz Cane SyrupSqueeze fresh lime wedges and place other ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously.
Pour over fresh ice in a tall glass, top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Created by Contemporary Cocktails, Inc.
No more guessing what's left in the fridge, even when it's outdoors. Perlick's Outdoor Line features glass doors with insulation to keep things cool. In addition to refrigerators, the line also includes freezers, wine coolers, and beer dispensers. About $2,599-$5,200, Perlick Corporation