History of Grilling and Outdoor Kitchens Today, firing up the outdoor grill is a favorite pastime pleasure during the spring and summer months, as people take to the outdoors for leisure and entertaining. It doesn’t matter what you call it: grilling or barbecuing; the fact remains that meals are being cooked outside and over an open flame, which always complements a social gathering of friends and family. In times past, one of the first known experiences of cooking outside and over a flame was performed by the Arawak Indians. Christopher Columbus witnessed this cooking method of roasting such things as fish, noticing that they were put on wooden racks above high flames. The Spanish called this style of cooking barbacoa, which was an upgrade from eating raw meats that were caught by hunters before they learned about fire and cooking. According to Doris Reynolds, who wrote the article “Let’s Talk about Food,” she states that barbecuing or grilling in one’s backyard began toward the end of the Colonial period. Today, open-flame cooking takes place on grills and backyard pits, mostly during special occasions such as the 4th of July. But, according to the Webster’s New Dictionary, grilling or barbecuing didn’t make it to America until 1709. The difference in how this cooking method is used today and in the past is the fact that in the United States, grilling or having a cookout is often a social event instead of a way of life. For our ancestors, it wasn’t about socializing and partying, it was about surviving and working with what they had. Today, in modern society, there are different types of cooking the main course over flames. When it comes to grilling outside, you have the Memphis style, the Texas style and the Carolina and Kansas City styles of grilling, which all depend on the kind of sauce that you smother your meats in when cooking. You can bet the Stone Age man or the Arawak Indians did not think about this aspect of grilling their foods when it was time to eat. All across America, a cookout gathering is either called a BBQ or a grilling event. However, during slavery, the word barbeque often meant “a sacred fire pit” of which mainly pork was cooked. Slave owners used to have “pig pickin’s” barbecues for their slaves and, after the freed slaves went North, they took with them their grilling or BBQ traditions that were passed down from slavery. Once spring is in the air, all across America, people are breaking outside and firing up the grill when the snow and frost disappear. More and more homeowners are thinking about their outside space and how to utilize it for their entertaining purposes. For those of you who want to elaborate on that outside cooking area, making it more of an outdoor living space, you have the option of turning your backyard into an outdoor kitchen with the works! This kind of setting can turn your backyard grilling area into an added space of sophistication, elegance, and comfort - all tailored to your taste. Even landscaping can play a big part in your outdoor kitchen. With an outdoor kitchen space, the choice is up to you to go elaborate or keep it simple (yet functional and enjoyable) as you delight in outdoor living and entertaining. It’s like adding an extra room to your home. When planning your outdoor kitchen and grilling area, keep in mind that space and location is important in establishing this entertainment area. You will also need to consider your food preparation areas, counters and cupboards, a sink, refrigerator and outlets for all electric appliances. When thinking about size, also think about your dining area. Remember shade is important when you are eating outside. Another factor to consider is the theme of your outdoor kitchen space. What accessories do you hope to add to the space? Accessories for this type kitchen space include such things as outdoor fireplaces, flat screen TVs, and bar areas. Planning is essential - it’s just as important as the grill itself when setting up an outdoor kitchen. Let WoodStone help you plan!
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Below is a sampling of numerous Outdoor idea's. As no 2 properties are the same, nor will any WoodStone Project. Any stone top, siding ,flooring available as that we create the surface not just find and mortar it. From a roll around simple enclosure for your Big Green Egg to a full on Chefs delight, The only Limit is your Imagination !