Built in BBQ
Built In BBQ
Several homes in the US have a built in bbq located in a deck, patio, garden or a large kitchen area. This device is more popular, though, as an outdoor fixture. It is quite likely that if a home has a backyard, a barbeque grill comes with it. It’s just the American way. And what better way to add a touch of class in your garden or deck than a beautiful built in bbq grill.
A built in bbq can be powered by charcoal gas or electricity. But no matter what kind of grill you have, each one basically does the same thing. Most built in bbqs are big in size so it has the capability to grill tasty meals in large batches that can be enjoyed by a huge number of guests. And what’s more, this outdoor and kitchen device can also be used for smoking, broiling and baking, making it the most versatile cooking fixture available in the market today.
Built in BBQ powered by gas, charcoal or electricity – which is better?
If you are looking for a built in bbq that is easy on the budget and practical at the same time, it would be best to opt for a built in gas BBQ. The reason I say this is because it takes a lot more time and effort to prepare and grill food using a charcoal powered barbeque grill. First you have to spend time arranging charcoal over the grill, then you need to pour lighter fluid, start the fire, and let the fire die down a little to get the perfect sizzling hot red coals. This process would take about at least 15 minutes before you can even start grilling food for your guests. And if you are serving a large number of guests, imagine how many times you have to add charcoal to the grill for you to be able to get all the food cooked.
A built in bbq powered by gas or electricity on the other hand, will take significantly less preparation time. Just turn on the knob and in less than 2 minutes the device is ready for grilling. However a gas fueled grill is considerably less expensive since we all know how a grill powered by electricity can easily shoot up our power bill. Another advantage of a gas grill over an electric powered one is that you’ll never run out of fuel since it is hooked up on your gas line, while there is always a risk of interrupted grilling whenever you experience a power outage while using an electric grill.
When it comes to the taste of the food, many people will say that food grilled on a built in bbq using charcoal tastes better. A study conducted by Good Housekeeping Magazine states that people cannot actually tell the difference between the taste of chicken breasts and hamburgers grilled over charcoal or gas. But when it comes to a grilled steak people can definitely tell if it was cooked over gas or charcoal. And most of them concur that a charcoal grilled steak tastes better since it has a more distinct smoke flavor.
Built in BBQ – Planning, Installation and Design
Your planning stages for a built in bbq should start on where you will install this fixture. Will this be a part of your kitchen or is it going to be located outdoors in your patio, deck or garden? You should also take into consideration the type of material used for the grill and what kind of fuel source you would like to utilize.
There are many kinds of built in bbq grills available in the market today. You also have a plethora of designs to choose from. It doesn’t have to be just a built in grill with a brick wall surrounding it. There are simple built in barbeque grills that features a counter top slide or you can opt for a more complex version that comes complete with a cover for protection which can be used in smoking meats. There are also built in grills with several compartments that can hold condiments, sauces and grilling accessories. Be aware, though, that the more complex built it bbqs come with higher price tags.
You can be as creative as you want in designing your very own built in bbq. You can have it designed just like an elaborate kitchen counter area with storage spaces for sauces, bbq accessories, grilling tools and even a small cooler to keep your favorite drinks cold during hot summer days. And remember to incorporate adequate lighting in your design for practical as well as aesthetic purposes.
Keep in mind that a built in bbq can definitely take your outdoor space into a whole new level. This usually becomes the focal point of your backyard living area. So make sure you incorporate your own personal taste to the planning and design of the fixture.
Another advantage of a built in bbq that a lot of people tend to overlook is how this fixture can significantly affect the value of one’s home. This device becomes a permanent structure of your home and will surely increase the home’s market value in the event you decide to sell it. A beautifully designed and well laid out built in bbq grill can easily add thousands of dollars to the appraisal of any American home.
There is no doubt that a built in bbq is the perfect addition to your kitchen or outdoor living space. It’s great for entertaining friends or for a simple family get-together.
Built in BBQ @ 2011