How to Organize Your Outdoor Kitchen Or Grill Area for Maximum Efficiency

I know Labor Day is usually the official last weekend of summer, but before we throw in the last pool towel, check out some tips for on how to organize your outdoor kitchen! Much like your kitchen indoors, you will need a few zones, storage and plenty of counter space to prep and prepare dinner outdoors!

Our outdoor kitchen is U shaped with plenty of seating for all of our guests. This shape is one of my favorites because it keeps the cooking and prepping on one side and the guests and conversations on the other. Plus the cook still gets to interact with all the guests!

Cook and Prep

Inside we have two small niches for various BBQ tools and any other things we might need to keep stored away. Living in the Southwest, we are able to enjoy our outdoor kitchen area year round. So we make sure to leave our items covered but also ready for the next party!

We use baskets to keep our tools, BBQ trays and specialty items and even outdoor plates in tack. Try to keep like items together!

Wash and Clean

We also used a magnetic paper towel holder for easy access under the stainless steel cabinet. We have a sink for hand washing and rinsing off utensils. This is a great zone for prepping food and keeping things clean.

Serve and Entertain

Using items like our Boos cutting board, prep bowls, salt and pepper mills in outdoor stainless steel friendly finishes, helps us serve up items right away. We make sure to store them once we are done under the cabinets away from the elements.

Using pretty serveware, like this hammered Godinger salad bowl, adds a bit of elegance to the outdoor space.

So grill up a few more hot dogs before we say goodbye to summer and get your outdoor kitchen ready for your next get together!