Category: Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Barbecued Picnic Chicken – TasteOfHome.com Recipe

Barbecued Picnic Chicken Recipe - Courtesy of TasteOfHome.com
Total Time Prep. Prep: 15 min. Grill: 45 min.
Makes 8 servings

The recipe is courtesy of https://tasteofthehome.com.

If you’re looking online for a blow-your-hair-back barbecue chicken recipe, you might want to give the “Barbecued Picnic Chicken” recipe a try! This smok’in recipe is courtesy of TasteOfHome.com. We’ve included the video recipe as well, for all you non-readers out there. If you’re still stuck using your indoor kitchen, you might want to give Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida a call. We’ve got you covered within the outdoor living area department. We build beautiful, custom outdoor kitchens that not only look amazing, but they will bring a whole new world of diversity when it comes to your meal plans. Call EOK now at (239) 229-9033!

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), cut up

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Add the next 8 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • On a lightly greased grill rack, grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste with sauce. Grill 15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reaches 170°, basting and turning several times.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • This sauce is best when made a day or two in advance, giving the flavors time to come together.
  • If you don’t have chili sauce on hand, you can use 1/4 cup extra ketchup or 1/4 cup cocktail sauce.
  • Try this cool-guy move if you don’t have a basting brush: Tie a few sprigs of rosemary or another hearty herb together with twine, then baste with it.
Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 296 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 761mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

Easy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak – Courtesy of tasteofhome.com

Easy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak
Total Time Prep. Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
Makes 8 servings

Here’s a recipe that’s quick, easy, and extremely delicious! The “Easy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak” is a recipe you can’t go wrong with, especially when it has “easy” in the title. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we whole-heartedly understand that sometimes you need a meal that you can prep and put on the grill. This Flank Steak recipe is one of those quickies that the family will love!

The recipe is courtesy of https://tasteofthehome.com.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked steak with 1-1/2 tablespoons reserved marinade: 195 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 271mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup burgundy wine or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 beef flank steak (2 pounds)

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk barbecue sauce, wine, and lemon juice until blended. Pour 1 cup marinade into a shallow dish. Add beef and turn to coat. Cover; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • Drain beef, discarding marinade. Grill steak, covered, over medium heat until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°), 6-8 minutes on each side. Let stand 5 minutes before thinly slicing across the grain. Serve with reserved marinade.

The Original TasteOfTheHome.com recipe can be found here.

Benefits of Owning a Custom Outdoor Kitchen

Close-up of Blaze Traditional Series 32 Inch 4-Burner Barbecue Grill

The Benefits of Owning A Custom Outdoor Kitchen

The Benefits that come with building a custom outdoor kitchen & outdoor living area are immense. First off, building a Summer Kitchen is a great way to diversify your everyday meals. Everyone knows that there’s nothing quite like using the direct flame for cooking your meals, and when done correctly, you won’t miss those restaurants that you frequent for dinner during the week, not even a little bit.

With Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we can plan your custom outdoor kitchen with the way you want to grill & cook kept in mind. We can integrate the latest cooking technologies from brands such as Blaze, Memphis, Summerset, EVO, Lynx, Alfresco, and DCS. If you’re interested in a flattop grill, we can customize an outdoor kitchen design that works optimally with your outdoor living space. Need a built-in smoker? Sure, what brand were you considering? That’s what you can expect with the professionals at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida.

Everyday Meal Diversification

The Benefits that come with building an outdoor kitchen & outdoor living area are immense. First off, building a Summer Kitchen is a great way to diversify your everyday meals. Everyone knows that there’s nothing quite like using the direct flame for cooking your meals, and when done correctly, you won’t miss those restaurants that you frequent for dinner during the week, not even a little bit.

Planning your Custom Outdoor Kitchen with Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Planning your Custom Outdoor Kitchen with Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Planning Your Custom Outdoor Kitchen the Way You Want It!

With Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we can plan your custom outdoor kitchen with the way you want to grill food kept in mind. We can integrate the latest cooking technologies from brands such as Blaze, Memphis, Summerset, EVO, Lynx, Alfresco, and DCS. If you’re interested in a flattop grill, we can customize an outdoor kitchen design that works optimally with your outdoor living space. Need a built-in smoker? Sure, what brand were you considering? That’s what you can expect with the professionals at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida.

Dining in style, having a family meal, and enjoying your time with friends all become easy & effortless when you have an outdoor kitchen & living area built by Elegant Outdoor Kitchens. Free yourself from the cramped inside space and invest in an outdoor kitchen. By browsing our official website, you’ll see that it’s designed in a way that allows for easy access to all our information & inquiries regarding the process of planning, designing, and ultimately building a custom outdoor kitchen.

We also have our official EOK BBQ store at Grills Gone Wild Shop, where you’re able to browse all of our most popular items such as barbecue grills, grill cooktops, grill accessories, and so much more.

For the budget-minded customer, we will help you select the “best bang for the buck outdoor kitchen products” for your summer kitchen. It is all about helping you save money in certain areas to go big in other areas, where it counts!

The Blaze LTE 32-Inch Four Burner Grill is the one appliance that truly comes complete with everything you need to grill your meals like the professionals. It’s great for various outdoor grilling situations, with a total cooking area of 748 Sq. Inches, a sleek stainless-steel finish, and four burners that output a total of 56,000 BTUs, it’s no wonder it’s one of the grills we frequently integrate into the outdoor kitchens that we design. It’s truly a barbecue grill for the serious outdoor cooking enthusiasts. This solid unit is comprised of a #304 stainless-steel body and packs a massive cooking punch where the four burners are considered. You can check out this grill, plus a few more, and schedule a free on-site outdoor living consultation here on our Estimate Request From

Outdoor Kitchen Component List – Essentials on a Budget

The Essential Outdoor Kitchen Component List to Include When On a Budget

We understand that not everyone is a Rockefeller; that’s why we assembled this article that covers the essentials where it concerns outdoor living.

Your outdoor kitchen is built primarily for one purpose, and that’s to house your professional barbecue grill. Running back and forth from your indoor kitchen to your outdoor kitchen happens, but if we can help you reduce those trips, we’re all for it. Most people don’t just eat barbecue when they grill. You tend to serve the meal with a few side dishes. So, the first must-have component of the list is going to be a side burner/s (preferably a double side burner, to heat more than one side).

The Essentials Article The Side Burner - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens
The Essentials Article The Side Burner – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

This precision cut, handmade side burner is made of stainless steel and will provide you years of outdoor cooking enjoyment. If you are looking to create a gourmet outdoor meal complete with soups or side dishes, a drop-in side burner is an ideal addition to your outdoor kitchen. As of March 15, 2016 — Blaze side burners have a lifetime warranty that warrants against any defects in the manufacturing and workmanship of the burner, burner grate, body, lid, and control valve. While the ignition system is covered for one (1) year after the date of purchase. The product must be registered within thirty days for the warranty to apply.
Gas Conversions

Blaze Single Side Burner
SKU: BLZ-SB1 Category: Side Burners & Power Burner Components
Additional information: View Additional Information about the Blaze Single Side Burner

Next on our essential outdoor kitchen component list is the built-in mini-refrigerator. There’s just something so satisfying about having quick access to a cold beverage. Believe us when we say that this mini fridge will get its use.

The Essentials Article The Built-In Refrigerator – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

The Blaze 4.5 Compact Refrigerator is the ideal space-saving solution for family rooms, game rooms, apartments or anywhere else. Interior design offers plenty of shelf space for all your favorite refreshments and foods. The refrigerator, including the compressor, is warranted for 1 year to the original owner against defects in manufacturing and workmanship. This warranty extends to the original purchaser against manufacture defects for products purchased for ordinary single-family home use.

Stainless Front Fridge 4.5 Cubic Feet
SKU: BLZ-SSRF130
Additional Information: Stainless Front Fridge 4.5 Cubic Feet

The Mandatory Outdoor Kitchen Component

The last item on our essentials list is a functional requirement. It serves a few purposes, the first being the accessibility to your internal gas, electrical, and plumbing lines for your barbecue grill and any other components you install, and the second is acting as a dry storage area. Your outdoor kitchen cabinet has plenty of space that you can convert into a dry storage area. Depending on the size of your outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to install at least one access door. In our experience, though, a combination access door and drawer unit will only lend to both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your outdoor living area.


The Essentials Article Outdoor Kitchen Access Door - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens
The Essentials Article Outdoor Kitchen Access Door – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

The Blaze 25 inch Double Access Doors feature an ideal access size for an island and an outdoor kitchen. Blaze’s commercial grade 304 Stainless Steel construction is made for withstanding outdoor elements. The access doors are the perfect storage solution for any outdoor kitchen! Door opening measurements 20 3/4 W x 16 3/4 H.

Blaze 25″ Double Door
SKU: BLZ-AD25-R
Additional Information: Blaze 25″ Double Door

There are a plethora of other components that can you can add that will expand the functionality of your outdoor living space. You can add elements such as a trash receptacle, sink & faucet, ice maker, warming drawer, ice maker, beverage station, ice bin, power burner, and many other components. You can, in my opinion, make your outdoor living area better than your indoor kitchen, and some people do just that.

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is your source for professional outdoor kitchen design and contracting services. If you’ve been considering an outdoor kitchen area, give us a call today to schedule an on-site design consultation. We know that once you see your outdoor kitchen mocked up as a 3D design, it’ll be an easy decision when it comes to starting the construction process.

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5 tips for cooking safely outdoors

Keep Your Hands Sanitary

We all know basic hygiene and that includes keeping your hands clean. However, it is worth noting that food sanitation starts with your hands, be certain anyone handling food at any stage of its preparation has clean and sanitary hands. Dirty hands is one of the most common ways that food gets dirtied or contaminated. Washing your hands isn’t just about using the restroom or being visibly dirty. Tasks such as smoking a cigarette, or even just scratching your nose introduces a world of bacteria to your hands. When in doubt, Wash it out!

Wash all outdoor kitchen cooking equipment

Nothing quite beats the awesome feeling of cooking outdoors in your outdoor living space! However, it’s important that we remember to clean all food preparation and cooking surfaces. Just as important is to ensure all cooking equipment, utensils, and dishes are cleaned before use. While on the surface all of this cleaning seems obvious but it’s imperative to follow through with because just about anything can lead to contamination including raw meat, eggs, and poultry. If you wash a dish or surface that contained raw meat, be sure to clean and rinse the sponge you used to clean the item!

Rinse and wash all Fruits and Vegetables

Meat and poultry aren’t the only contagions we have to worry about. When it comes to fruits and veggies the big concern is the soil attached to them. The dirt has the potential to contain bacteria such as e-coli so it best to wash the produce in a bowl under running water. This is especially true for loose produce as it more like to have soil attached to it compared to pre-packaged fruits and vegetables.

Keep all food cool

It’s easy to get caught up in hosting and cooking responsibilities, but its important to keep foods such as cheese, coleslaw, or chicken salad inside your outdoor fridge or cooler until your ready to serve the complete meal. Foods made with mayonnaise should especially be kept cool as the high dairy contents lead to bacteria when left in a warm environment. Keep raw meats and chicken separate from other surfaces and foods, using plastic bags is a great way to keep them from one another.

Invest in a meat thermometer

The amount of time on heat and minimum temperature vary from meat to poultry and from the frying pan to an outdoor grill. Chicken, for example, has a minimum cooking temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which is where your meat thermometer comes in handy. Ground beef is especially sensitive by its very nature, hamburger meat is chopped and reduced which can lead to bacteria being internalized. Best Practice is to cook the hamburger meat until its also brown through the center.

Update your Outdoor Kitchen Living Space

Spending time outside enjoying the lovely Florida sun with friends and family is arguably the sweetest fruit of our labor. The size of the outdoor space hardly matters you make it your unique outdoor paradise. Planning your outdoor kitchen correctly and safely will maximize the usable outdoor kitchen living space available to you.

Outdoor Fung Shui

The right tile and outdoor material will bring out the desired color of your outdoor kitchen living space. Outdoor tiles and materials are the foundation that brings the entire outdoor experience together. Whether you go with a neutral finish such as stone or opt for warmer materials such as brick molded concrete, the outdoor floor defines the mood of the space

A touch of Green Thumb

Having plants in your outdoor living space helps elevate the mood and makes the whole experience more organic. Plan the color of your fixtures around the color of the types of plants you’d like to have to create an additional layer of aesthetic. Plants introduce a number of benefits that include lowering the carbon dioxide levels, and keeping the temperature a little lower!

A Splash of Water Features

Whether it’s a bubbling hot tub or a pouring fountain, there is nothing more relaxing than the sound of moving water. Introducing this pleasant babbling feature no matter the size will help stress relief for both you and your loved ones.

How to plan your outdoor kitchen space

Outdoor Kitchen

At Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we more than understand how big of a project it can be planning your very own outdoor kitchen space. Although, we’re here to tell you how fun it actually is, and steps you can take to make this an easier process to get started. Having an outdoor kitchen takes your living space into a whole new direction as it is practically an extension of it. You want to ensure you’re planning for this extension to be full of shade, warmth, and shelter no matter what season you may be using it in. The first step is always getting a clear idea of how you’re going to use this space. Do you like to cook outside often, or plan to? Will you be having a lot of events in this space where you want to focus on entertaining as well? Try to write down some thoughts about what you expect this to be for you, and that will help you have a great outline on how you can get started.

The second step to consider is your surroundings. Now that you have some ideas for your outdoor kitchen; it’s also important advising to the space you have in order to get the most out of what you want to see. Not only do you want to get out your measuring tape to make sure it fits, but you also want the aesthetics to be fitting regarding your home’s exterior. Don’t worry, remember this is supposed to be fun! You’re going to be excited about choosing the colors, style, and textures that complement each other once you get going. Please also note, your surrounding landscape is also pretty important. For example, in a tropical location, you might want to consider materials that are bold and stand out to compliment the lush it will contrast. 

The next thing you would want to focus on is planning your layout. Just as you planned your living room for each family member to feel comfortable in no matter what occasion, you want to ensure you’re doing the same for your extension of it outdoors. This also makes it incredibly easier to know where and what to place once you get appliances for it. Something to keep in mind is your indoor living space utilizes the assistance of walls, windows, and doors whereas your outdoor space uses the space of its own. Please know to also plan accordingly to your hot and cold zones. You want to refrain putting your grill next to your refrigerator unit since your fridge is working pretty hard in the summer to keep things cold for you and your friends. This is just one of many thoughts to plan out so you can be prepared accordingly for your outdoor kitchens use. 

Another step to get very excited about is choosing your appliances. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we have a vast selection of appliances to help get you started. You can check out our page to see what options are available to you. We want to ensure you get the best when it comes to your grills/smokers since the focal point is this in your outdoor kitchen space. Once you have your appliances selected, you want to start choosing your materials especially in preparation for heavy rain, extreme heat, high winds, and even the possibility of snowstorms. It’s important to keep durability in mind, and toughness for these weather changes. Stainless steel is a very popular choice as it compliments those scenarios, and it’s also to easy to clean while looking sleek.

Finally, all you have left is your lighting and style by adding any fixtures you want to consider for it. It’ll make your outdoor kitchen come to life, and set an ambiance for the party you’re now ready to plan. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we want you to know we have your best interest in getting exactly what you planned and need for this new venture you’re about to take on. Please don’t hesitate to contact (239) 229-9033 to get started on this journey!

Florida Outdoor Kitchens – Tropical Paradise

Corkscrew Shores L-Shaped Outdoor Kitchen by Pulte

by Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, the best outdoor kitchens in SWFL

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens specializes in building custom outdoor kitchens in Southwest Florida. Ben and Andrea Poulton of Elegant Outdoor Kitchens are life-long locals to Fort Myers and take great pride in every outdoor kitchen project they produce. EOK works closely with every customer to ensure that everything is done right the first time. With an outstanding portfolio gallery of their work, Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is quickly becoming one of Florida’s top outdoor kitchen contractors!

Legendary Weather, Legendary Service

When talking about Florida outdoor kitchens, we are talking about designing and building an outdoor kitchen that can be used year round. Florida is legendary for having warm weather that invites all to enjoy. Elegant Outdoor Kitchens proudly serves Fort Myers, Estero, and Naples areas with quality outdoor kitchens and outdoor living areas.

With an outdoor kitchen build by Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, you’ll be grilling like a professional chef every night of the week. We bring the steakhouse to you! Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we pride ourselves on building the best custom outdoor kitchens and living areas in Southwest Florida. From concept to completion, you’re able to pick and choose whatever style of outdoor kitchen design and cooking components you want in your custom build. We build the kitchen how you want it made! Whether you want all the latest professional components, or you just want to keep it super simple, our team is here to consult you and answer any questions you might have.

Our professional team is here to show you what’s available, and what looks great! We pay special attention to both functionality and aesthetics. Our primary concern is building an outdoor kitchen that works with your outdoor living space, and it must look spectacular!

To schedule an outdoor kitchen or living area consultation, contact Elegant Outdoor Kitchens today at (239) 229-9033.

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens serves Fort Myers, Naples, Estero areas in Southwest Florida!

Naples Outdoor Kitchens in SWFL

Silver Travertine stacked stone Custom Kitchen - by EOK

by Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Naples, Florida an Outdoor Kitchen Paradise

Naples, Florida is an outdoor kitchen paradise where grills and sunny days rule the land, and Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is a premier outdoor kitchen builder for southwest Florida. With an extensive portfolio of high-quality outdoor kitchen and outdoor living area projects to review, you know that Elegant Outdoor Kitchens knows how to get it done.

The name you can trust

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is a locally owned Florida outdoor kitchen contractor serving Naples, Estero, and Fort Myers areas. We work closely with each customer to deliver an outdoor kitchen paradise that aesthetically blends with the property. Naples, Florida is a luxurious area that sets the bar for style and elegance. Our company has the experience and know-how to deliver an exceptional outdoor kitchen or living area to match its surroundings.

Some of the more popular designs and features in modern outdoor kitchens include stacked stone, granite countertops, built-in barbecue grills and smokers, side-burners, outdoor refrigerators, isolated trash bin storage, wet bars, HDTVs, and outdoor living area furniture. There has never been a better time to upgrade your Naples home with an Elegant Outdoor Kitchen!

Serving Naples, Estero, Fort Myers

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is Southwest Florida’s premier outdoor kitchen contractor. We’re a tried and true professional outdoor living company that specializes in building outdoor kitchen environments. Our outdoor kitchen products & custom barbecue island designs allow our clients to entertain in style while exploring new and exciting meal options. If you’re looking for a contractor that’s genuinely passionate about their work, you’ve come to the right place. We are family owned and operated, serving Fort Myers, Estero, and Naples. Give us a call today to schedule an on-site outdoor kitchen consultation.

When it comes to custom outdoor kitchens, we’re Florida’s #1 outdoor living design and construction company. Visit our official website for more information and to view our complete project portfolio. Visit our official project portfolio here at EOK Project Portfolio

Are you ready to entertain guests this Summer? Let Elegant Outdoor Kitchens give you a free on-site design consultation! From concept to completion, we’ll provide you with an outdoor living space that will enable you to entertain and create fabulous meals. It’s not too late to start building your outdoor kitchen for Summer.