I am a huge fan of outdoor cooking. If you are like me then you need to outfit your outdoor area for the entertainment of guests and for your own personal enjoyment. Here are my simple and complex ideas for making the backyard someplace you want to spend your whole day.
Grills are the best addition you can get for surprisingly small amounts of money. I would suggest starting with charcoal initially. Avoid self-starting charcoal because it will give the food a nasty flavor. Natural charcoal is the best option without any doubt. I love coconut shell charcoal because it lasts for a rally long time and burns very clean. They will not add any flavor to the food either.
A step up from the grills is the outdoor brick oven. These take a lot more time and money than grills but they are really worth the effort. You will be making real brick oven pizza and true brick oven breads in no time.
A step between grills and brick ovens is the chiminea. This is like a standalone chimney that you can burn wood in and give yourself a nice bit of ambiance as well as a good deal of heat in those winter months.
You can also consider getting a fire pit. You can use fire pits as a makeshift cooking surface if you buy the right kinds of grills for them but you can’t close them to get the convection effect that you need for really grilling. Fire pits are good for kebabs.
The last thing you should get is a good set of patio furniture. It is nice to stand in front of the grills as your food cooks but sometimes you want to sit down and wait. Especially if you use those grills as smokers or if you get an actual smoker.