Backyard BBQ Entertaining That Won’t Leave You Flustered

By Nick Matteo | November 9, 2016

Skip the sweat and the stress.

backyard bbq entertainingIt’s hot; you’re sweating; you know you’ll smell like beef franks for at least a week. The music isn’t loud enough, but your guests are milling hungrily around, snatching up whatever choice piece of meat happens to be done next, like so many hungry seagulls with a bucket of Johnson’s popcorn.

It’s a nightmare that anyone who loves backyard bbq entertaining knows and fears. But how can you avoid it? For a successful backyard bbq design, you have to start from the beginning, which means asking the right questions:

5 Questions to Determine Which Backyard BBQ Entertaining Setup You Need

How much space do I have? Not all backyards are created equally, so you need to determine how much space you have, and how you want to allocate that space.

What’s my priority? If you have children and you want to prioritize swingsets and inground pools, then be sure to choose a backyard barbeque plan that doesn’t cut into the space allotted for the kids. If you principally use your backyard to entertain friends and host parties, then it makes a lot of sense to consider splurging on a barbecue or even an outdoor kitchen!

Who am I? Okay, before we trigger a metaphysical, existential crisis, just breathe. We’re talking more stereotypes here: hipster, athlete, homebody, foodie, businessman, stay-at-home mom. Are you someone who prefers red wine over beer? Or would you take cheesesteaks over foie gras anyday? Basically, go with your gut: make sure that your choice feels comfortable and reflects your style.

Where’s the wind? On a practical level, you either want to choose a spot that is well-sheltered from the wind, or where the prevailing wind will blow smoke away from your guests. If you can’t have both, consider building a structure around your barbeque.

What’s my budget? If you’re working on a shoestring budget because you’ve already spent most of your backyard bbq entertaining budget on building a spectacular patio or new pool house with all the bells and whistles, there are a lot of affordable options. Backyard barbeque entertaining units can be divided up into the following price categories:

  • $–     On a tight budget, you can get a mini grill on wheels, or a small, portable camping grill. Those are great options if you want your entertaining to not be confined to just your backyard: you can bring them with you if you like to go camping, or even down to the beach for a weekend.
  • $$–     Stainless steel grills aren’t very expensive, but the quality varies widely from one brand and model to another. If you do your research, though, you should be able to find something that works like a charm, without draining your wallet.
  • $$$–     Grill units with built-in cabinets can be expensive, but you can just purchase the cabinets to fit a new or existing grill, and the customization is up to you. Add on what you want: fridge, bar, warming drawer, sink, etc.. The only limits are your imagination.
  • $$$$$– Five dollar signs represent the cash you’ll plunk down for an outdoor kitchen.All those dollar signs may seem to be overwhelming, but the quality and beauty of what you’re getting is undeniable. It’s definitely an investment worth saving for.

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to get your backyard bbq entertaining set-up in place for next year’s entertaining season. Contact us to talk about the details of coming up with a one-of-a-kind backyard design that perfectly incorporates all the elements you want.