You’ve put in the work transforming your backyard into a paradise. The beautiful cabinets and countertops are in place. Your grill is ready to fire up. And all the final touches have brought out the beauty of your build. All that’s left to do is select the outdoor kitchen accessories you need to enjoy your brand-new space to the fullest. Here are 10 must-have items to help kick off your shopping spree.

Utensils and Tableware

While you could bring your main tableware and utensils outdoors, it’s a lot more convenient to have a dedicated set. Weather-resistant items will also withstand the test of time, especially if made from stainless steel, bamboo, or silicone.

Plates, bowls, cups, and silverware are a given, but don’t stop there. You also need things like tongs, spatulas, carving forks, skewers, serving spoons, whisks, ladles, and a garlic press. Don’t forget the kitchen towels and hot pads as well.

Meat Thermometer

No one likes undercooked pork or chicken—or an overdone steak. A high-quality meat thermometer is a must for grilling perfection.

Digital models with wireless capabilities let you measure the temperature from a distance as the meat cooks. Manual meat thermometers work just fine if you’d rather keep things simple. Also, consider getting a standalone grill thermometer to check for hot and cold spots along the cooking surface.

Beverage cooler

Is there really anything better than sipping an icy cold beverage while grilling up your favorite foods? Not likely, except maybe having the next one close at hand. That’s where an outdoor beverage cooler comes in handy.

Choose from stainless steel or heavy-duty plastic models designed to withstand the elements. Some feature drawer-style openings to keep everything organized. Others have bottle openers built right in, perfect for cracking open your drink on the fly.

Kegerator

A kegerator can level up your beverage game in an instant. This neat device keeps your favorite brews perfectly chilled and on tap for whenever you want a drink. It’s a convenient and ultra-impressive addition to any outdoor kitchen, especially if you host large gatherings often.

If you go this route, plan to install your kegerator near seating areas for easy access to instant refills. Look for models with drip trays to catch condensation and handle extras like storage shelves, built-in bottle openers, and digital displays.

Ice Maker

A standalone ice maker is the perfect addition whether you get a beverage cooler, kegerator or both. This convenient device allows you to skip bagged ice runs and keep a steady cold supply on hand.

Select a durable stainless-steel model made for the outdoors to ensure it withstands sun exposure, temperature swings, and humidity. Also, look for one that offers custom cube sizes, ranging from small pellets to large chunks.

Pizza Oven

If you’ve always wanted to bake artisanal pizzas right in your backyard, a pizza oven is the way to go. Whether you go with gas or wood-fired models, these specialty ovens heat to temperatures over 500°F. This allows you to quickly bake pizzas, flatbreads, and other dishes in just a few minutes flat.

Many of these pizza ovens feature double insulation and domed brick interiors that concentrate heat for perfectly cooked toppings every time. Plus, they have a dense stone surface that crisps up crusts beautifully.

Smoker

An outdoor smoker is the key to infusing meats, fish, veggies, and even cheeses with sweet, smoky goodness. There are a wide variety of options, too, such as propane, electric, and pellet-fed marvels.

Each provides a low, steady heat that indirectly cooks foods with natural hardwood smoke. The low, steady heat tenderizes meats while adding subtle aromatic flavor over hours. The result? Fall-off-the-bone tender meats, silky cheeses, and incredibly flavorful veggies and more.

Firepit

To treat yourself and your guests to al fresco dining experiences, go all out with the addition of a firepit. This accessory comes in various shapes, sizes, and configurations to suit any outdoor kitchen space.

Select natural gas units for instant ambiance or wood-burning fire pits for that nostalgic campfire atmosphere. Get the safety essentials as well, including spark screens and protective bases. Just don’t forget the poker tools if you go with a wood-burning model.

Outdoor Lighting

The party doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down with the addition of outdoor lighting. String lights draped over your seating area provide ambiance, while task lighting works best for safe grilling well after dark.

Get your outdoor lighting in waterproof, shatter-resistant materials, so they don’t break in harsh weather conditions. Make sure to position the lights so their beams don’t cause glare but still light up important areas.

Weatherproof Covers

If you want your outdoor kitchen to last, you need weatherproof covers, even if the space is already fully covered. These covers shield your outdoor kitchen accessories from grime, dirt, leaves, and moisture in the air.

Look for covers that tightly fit over each item and have built-in straps or fasteners to keep the wind from blowing them off. Moreover, make sure they’re made from breathable fabrics like polyester or vinyl to ensure good ventilation and protection.

Ready to take your culinary oasis to the next level? Orlando Outdoor Kitchens has what you need. Give us a call at (407) 636-7135 to learn more about our outdoor kitchen accessories. We have all the grills, refrigerators, and kegerators needed to give your space a little bit more pizzazz. We can even upgrade your cabinets if you’d like more storage space or a different design. So, give us a call today to kick your design into high gear.

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