Custom Bar-B-QueTraditional Patio, Santa Barbara
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77. Montecito, California
3. Add a built-in grill. Ditching that grill on wheels for a proper, more permanent outdoor grilling station is a dream for many of us. Here’s what to know about how much it will cost and whom to hire for help.Full story: See how to get a built-in outdoor grill
Gas GrillsPros: A gas grill is quick to heat up and quick to cool, and there will be very little to clean up, so this a good choice when you want to be able to turn out a weeknight grilled dinner. The lower, more easily regulated heat of a gas grill is better for delicate foods like veggies, fish and poultry. Cons: Gas grills generally do not get as hot as charcoal grills, which can make it difficult to get a good sear on steak. Gas grills also tend to cost more than charcoal grills, ranging from about $200 all the way up to $5,000, depending on the size, brand and customizations.What about infrared and sear burners? Some higher-end gas grills now come with superheated elements that allow you to cook foods like steak in a way that a normal gas grill just can’t do.
This marvelous wooded setting has an equally marvelous configuration with its grill. There is even a cutting surface to the right and other surfaces to set trays and utensils on. (Notice the built-in shelving under this grill.)