Experienced outdoor chefs understand that simply having the best ingredients isn’t enough to pull off a successful backyard barbecue. A rich environment appointed with high-end appliances sets the mood and empowers the backyard chef. Today, more than ever before, restaurant-quality cooking performance is available for the home and for the patio.
Create the perfect environment for both cooking and entertaining with magnificent masonry and outdoor furniture complemented with weather-tight cabinetry. Not only are outdoor televisions and stereos de rigueur, but also dishwashers and refrigeration units such as wine chillers, freezers, keg tappers, and ice makers—everything needed to delight gourmands of all shapes and sizes.
However, the undisputed focal point and heart of any outdoor kitchen will always be the grill. And to prepare the finest gourmet meals outdoors, you will need a grill with the versatility to sear, roast, rotisserie, and smoke. To deliver the quintessential flavors of the grill, the choice of heat source will be charcoal fire, but we can all appreciate the convenience and control that a gas grill can offer. Traditional U.S. barbecue, one of today’s hottest gourmet trends, will also require the backyard chef to burn wood. There is no substitute for the authentic flavor of charcoal and wood, but designing the outdoor kitchen with space for a charcoal grill, a gas grill, and a wood smoker is a tall order.
An accomplished host who is truly looking for a luxe centerpiece might consider an unrivaled grill, such as the Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grill, which can employ any combination of charcoal, wood, and gas. This ability, combined with a revolutionarily designed firebox, creates a grill that can handle every culinary technique, from a low and gentle smoke to an intense sear.
Heat is what typically separates home cooking appliances from those used in a restaurant kitchen—a lot of heat. Heat like that of the Kalamazoo, which can handle temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. This gives the home chef more opportunities to dazzle.
A lot of professional chefs—like Stephanie Izard, winner of Top Chef, as well as celebrity chefs Rick Bayless and Michael Chiarello—all fire up Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grills in their backyards.
Home gourmets looking to add a bevy of sophisticated techniques to the summer menu will need the right equipment. Good music, fine wine, and honored guests—not to mention the choicest steaks—deserve the right heat and an incredible grill.