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Create Memories: Host the Best Memorial Day Party This Year

Posted by Rachel Allain on May 24, 2023 12:25:10 PM

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner! This gives you the perfect opportunity to show off your new custom outdoor kitchen or fire pit. Throw a party for everyone and create memories that will last a lifetime. You'll get more credibility for being an excellent host, making people want to return to your place for days of fun!

There are many ways to create the best atmosphere for a weekend party, and using your outdoor kitchen, BBQ island, or fire pit can take it to the next level.

Here are a couple of ways to help you host the BEST Memorial Day Party this year for you and your guests.

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle

Building an Outdoor Kitchen That's Functional for Fitness

Posted by Shelly Salomon on May 16, 2023 10:30:00 AM

The trend of transforming your backyard kitchen into a "mini-gym" is gaining popularity, and it's not without reason. With many of us leading sedentary lifestyles, finding ways to incorporate physical activity into our daily routines has become increasingly important. Fortunately, an outdoor kitchen built for movement and exercise provides an ideal solution. By tweaking the outdoor kitchen design, people can easily exercise at home, leading to a healthier lifestyle. 

So, how can you make your outdoor kitchen more functional for fitness? Here are four key areas to consider.

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design

The Best Spices for Seasoning Meat

Posted by Rachel Allain on Apr 27, 2023 10:45:00 AM

This is a tricky topic. There are many different types of meat and cuts and so many different spice blends to test out. We're going to limit this article to the basic meat groups: poultry, fish, beef, pork, and lamb

These are going to be our favorite blends for these different meats, but be sure to take this advice with a grain of salt (literally).

There is much more out there than simply salting and peppering your meat. Experiment with new flavors, and use spices you might not have ever heard of. Here are our favorite blends for seasoning meat.


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Topics: Cooking Tips

Making an Easter Ham in Your Outdoor Smoker

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Mar 30, 2023 11:45:00 AM

Easter is coming up and, if you’re in charge of providing the main meal, things can get stressful really quickly.

So, what's the best way to avoid stress and create a culinary masterpiece? Having a plan. A delicious, juicy ham has traditionally been the main dish of choice for most families that celebrate Easter. Today we’re going to put a spin on the traditional baked ham and give you some recipes that you can use in your outdoor kitchen smoker. Keep on reading to get some of the best recipes on the internet for smoked ham!

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Topics: Cooking Tips

How to Keep Your Backyard Bug-Free

Posted by Rachel Allain on Mar 27, 2023 7:41:47 AM

The weather outside is warming up nicely. Warm weather and blue skies means more outdoor time for you and your family and friends.

But you know who else is enjoying the outdoors and warm weather? The bugs. All of them. And if you grill up a steak on a warm day and serve it to others, you're bound to run into some pests looking for a free meal. So how can you keep all these bugs away?

We've got a couple of solutions for you on how to keep your backyard bug-free. All of these are cruelty and pesticide-free too!

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design

DIY Edible Bouquets for Valentine's Day

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Feb 13, 2020 7:21:30 AM

Edible bouquets are a lovely way to show your love on Valentine's Day. After all, who wouldn't want a bouquet that tastes even better than it looks?

Like any bouquet, edible bouquets come with a price tag. Vendors put a lot of work into edible arrangements, and they charge a pretty penny for their time and creativity. If you're looking for a frugal way to pull off an edible arrangement this Valentine's Day, the best solution is to do it yourself.

We've found four edible bouquets that even the most novice creator can assemble. So, if you have a Valentine who craves fruit or candy, bacon or pickles, we have the perfect bouquet for you!

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle, Cooking Tips

5 Tips for Designing an Outdoor Kitchen on a Budget

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jan 16, 2020 7:11:58 AM

Sometimes it actually is possible to have your cake and eat it, too. In other words, you can design the outdoor kitchen of your dreams and still stick to your budget.

How? There are several ways to cut costs on your outdoor kitchen project, and it's not by cutting corners. We have better ideas — 5 in fact — that will help you design your dream outdoor kitchen on a budget you actually follow.

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design

Assemble the Ultimate Holiday Charcuterie Spread in Your Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Dec 19, 2019 10:35:06 AM

The holiday season means Christmas parties in abundance. Charcuterie boards are a favorite for hosts and guests alike at just about any social event throughout the year, but at Christmastime, the expectation for food is so much higher. 

Don't let that intimidate you, though. It's possible to knock the holiday charcuterie board out of the park. We have everything you need to know right here.

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Topics: Cooking Tips

Should You Host a Backyard Wedding?

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Nov 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Your daughter is getting married, and there's only one place she wants to say her vows...

At home.

In your backyard.

You've been told the occasion is going to be intimate in your outdoor living space but you also know the expectation is that this wedding is done with all of the elegance and class (and expense) of a traditional wedding at a traditional venue.

So... How do you do this?

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle

4 Foods You Didn't Know Were Better on the Grill

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Oct 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Some foods immediately make us think of grilling out — steak, hamburgers, wings. Other foods seem hard to imagine with grill marks or an added smoky flavor.

It's easy to get stuck in a rut with food and how we prepare it, which is why we wanted to share an article about very common foods that taste uncommonly delicious on the grill.

The ironic thing is that these foods almost never get grilled. It's as if they're every grill master's best kept secret. But that secret is about to be out because we're confident that once you start grilling these four foods, you won't want to stop.

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Topics: Grills