Outdoor kitchens are all the rage. If you want to make the most of your outdoor space, you need somewhere to prepare and cook food. It is the best way to entertain on those hot summer nights. But should you go for a traditional BBQ or something a little more creative? Here are some amazing ideas for your outdoor kitchen. 

Barbecue grill and prep station

You cannot talk about outdoor kitchens without talking about BBQs. There is something about the smell of meat and charcoal that makes much more sense outside. The best outdoor kitchens have BBQs built into the outdoor kitchen. That way, you can incorporate fuel source, smoke ventilation and so on into the design. 

One of the biggest mistakes in an outdoor kitchen is a lack of food prep space. The best thing to do is have some worktop space on each side of the BBQ, so you can easily access the meat and veg when you are cooking. The whole point of having an outdoor kitchen is that you do not have to keep walking inside to get the food. That means you need some food preparation worktops. Granite is one of the best materials for outdoor worktops because it can handle cold temperatures and exposure to rain. Check out granitetransformations.co.uk for some of the best granite worktops. 

Clay pizza oven 

If you want to bring some rustic charm to your outdoor kitchen, you need a clay pizza oven. There is nothing like putting your own homemade pizza dough with mozzarella and toppings into your own clay pizza oven. It tastes so much better than a takeaway pizza. Plus, it creates an amazing centerpiece for an outdoor kitchen. 

Crate shelving

Crate shelving is all the rage at the minute. You can repurpose old wooden crates and pallets to make rustic-looking shelving. It is probably the cheapest thing you can make in your outdoor kitchen and can really add to the whole aesthetic. The key is to find wooden crates that are in relatively good condition. Then, you need to sand them down and treat them to make them weatherproof. 

Outdoor bar 

What is the point in an outdoor kitchen without an outdoor bar? Sure, you can enjoy all the burgers and sausages you want, but it is no fun without a beer to wash it all down. The best outdoor bars create a place for you and your guests to gather around. Just make sure you do not leave it stocked up when you are not at home – you could attract some unwanted guests. 

Retractable canopy 

If you want to get the most out of your outdoor kitchen, you need to be able to use it in all weather. Retractable canopies can keep you protected from the sun on a hot day and keep you protected when it is raining. They do not come cheap but it is a small price to pay for a roof over your head. 

Wood pallet sink 

We have already mentioned reclaiming old wooden pallets for your outdoor kitchen. Wood pallet sinks are another great way to make the most of old wood. You can fit any sink into a wooden pallet frame and it will give it a rustic outdoor look.