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How to Trick Out Your Outdoor Grill Using 10 Essential BBQ Accessories

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We’ve collected some of our favorite outdoor grill ideas to get you ready for summer. Setting up your barbecue area to function as efficiently as a professional kitchen will make the whole grilling process easier. And having a place for everything, as well as some seating, is possible even in a small patio or balcony.

A Japanese Kamado ceramic barbecue that uses firewood or charcoal as fuel is the centerpiece of this modern, functional small outdoor grill area. Image:
Outdoor grills and bbq accessories - freshome.com
Outdoor grills and bbq accessories - freshome.com
Outdoor grills and bbq accessories - freshome.com

2. Outdoor grill ideas that add counter space

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Additional countertop area can be added to even the smallest patio using rolling carts or a small butcher block table. Image: Ikea

Nothing makes your barbecue area more functional than extra counter space. If you can’t add a built-in cabinet and countertop, consider adding a rolling cart, butcher block or stainless steel restaurant prep table next to your grill.

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outdoor grill ideas that add counter space - freshome.com
outdoor grill ideas that add counter space - freshome.com
outdoor grill ideas that add counter space - freshome.com

3. Grill lighting

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A wall sconce installed next to the grill lights the barbecue at night while party string lights add a warm, festive feel to this outdoor kitchen. Image: Envision Landscape Studio

Why stop the grilling party just because it’s getting dark? Add some task lighting near the grill to help light the area. If there’s no electric connection, consider using a battery-powered LED light.

Ways to trick your outdoor grill with grill accessories - freshome.com
Ways to trick your outdoor grill with grill accessories - freshome.com
Ways to trick your outdoor grill with grill accessories - freshome.com
Ways to trick your outdoor grill with grill accessories - freshome.com

4. Storage

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Adding storage to your grilling area creates an outdoor kitchen look. Image: Inspired Garden Design

Any grill master will tell you that the BBQ accessories and grilling gadgets take up space. Add some storage to your grill area by making a spot for an outdoor cabinet, cart or shelving.

Modern outdoor grill ideas for small spaces - freshome.com
Modern outdoor grill ideas for small spaces - freshome.com
Modern outdoor grill ideas for small spaces - freshome.com
Modern outdoor grill ideas for small spaces - freshome.com

5. Essential grill tools

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The ultimate tricked out grill area featuring a Kamado grill and a pizza oven. Image: Woon Theater

For a tricked out grill setup, you’ll need some key accessories and grilling tools to make the job easier. These include:

  • A long set of tongs
  • A long-handled spatula
  • A digital thermometer
  • A heat-proof basting brush

The best grill tools and bbq accessories - freshome.com
The best grill tools and bbq accessories - freshome.com
The best grill tools and bbq accessories - freshome.com
The best grill tools and bbq accessories - freshome.com

6. Grill-side dining

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A table for six is the perfect place for eating and socializing while grilling. Image: Cornerstone Architects

Much like in the kitchen, people love to gather around the cooking area. Have a table and chairs nearby. The table can serve as outdoor counter space and you’re likely to have an audience sitting with you when you’re grilling. If your space …read more      

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