Newcomers to the desert may think there is something a little backwards about our announcement, as most places in the nation look at summer as barbecue season, but anyone who has spent more than a week in our southwestern paradise knows the truth! Summer is the season of scorch, and we do not want to add to the heat levels standing in front of a fiery and smoky barbecue! When the mercury finally drops below 100, the humidity of monsoon season fades away, and we do not burn our bare feet simply by walking on the deck, it is time to break out the barbecue and start grilling! This guide to backyard barbecue season will help you thoroughly enjoy the next half of the year.
So Many Options
The yards in our neighborhoods can vary quite a lot in size, from postage stamp varieties for townhomes and condos to spacious acreage in county island areas, and the size of your yard will determine how fancy you can get. Those who live in townhomes or condos will need to scale down for obvious reasons, but that does not mean your fun will be scaled down. There is nothing like hot barbecue enjoyed on a cool fall night, shared with your family, and you still have a host of options from which to choose. The tiny hibachi grill that burns charcoal and is perfectly designed for just one or two people, the egg-shaped grill that can be either propane or charcoal, and the fancy electric pellet grills that allow you to smoke your meats are some of your choices, and your barbecue season is guaranteed to be just as exciting as those with bigger homes or bigger yards! Bistro tables are great for dining al fresco and are absolutely perfect for smaller spaces. Hang some twinkle lights, light a couple of candles, and play some soft music as you chow down on your favorite cuts of beef or pork served with ice cold beer; these barbecue nights are definitely going to be memorable!
Built-in Grills for Your Backyard
Larger yards make room for barbecue nights that are a little larger in scale, and if you have the space, why not consider a built-in barbecue grill? Keep it simple with just space for a mini fridge (gotta keep those beers cold!), prep space, and of course the built-in grill. For those who believe it is not true barbecue without the charcoal, built-in grills come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and choices between charcoal and propane! The jury is still out on whether or not an electric grill can be built-in, but if you have an innovative and creative crew helping build the structure, (We at New Image Landscape and Pools have been known to get a little creative at times!) chances are they will be able to design something that you will fall in love with! So, go ahead, plan for a night of cool fun with your new built-ins, your favorite neighbors, and your kids’ best friends! Pulled pork sandwiches, homemade potato salad, and that delicious Texas sheet cake your wife is famous for will be on the menu tonight and when you choose the right grill, it will not seem like work at all!
Something Really Special
If you have ever flipped through a home and garden magazine, we are willing to bet that you have dog-eared the pages on fabulous outdoor kitchens more than once! Your yard has the space to create a gourmet area without cramping your pool, your garden, or the meditation shed you built to retreat to when real life gets too stressful, and now is the perfect season to build an outdoor kitchen. The choices are endless and include everything from a built-in grill to a real wood-burning pizza oven, ensuring that your outdoor events will be the talk of the neighborhood. Add a fireplace with bench seating, as Phoenix nights can be cool once the sun drops behind the mountains, create a cubby for the firewood that will be used for your pizza oven, and add a sink with running water for easy clean-up. Because you planned ahead by building in a fridge for beverages, drawers for supplies, and lighting that allows you to stay out late at night, you may not have to go back inside until your bed starts to call your name! Entertainment can be as simple as piped in music from your surround system, or for those who really know how to party, a flat-screen smart television tucked away under the eaves and turned to the big game! Add in a heated pool, a hot tub, and maybe a couple of beanbag games, and barbecue season promises to be a party that won’t end until the heat of summer comes knocking at your door once again.
Don’t Wait Too Long!
The older we get, the faster time flies by, and now is the perfect time to start working on your backyard party plans. Give us a call today!