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There are so many choices when considering setting up a new backyard BBQ, which can become a bit overwhelming and at times confusing. There are options out there, that just don’t make any sense to people and others find it a necessity, so let’s talk about a few ideas that we thing will make your personal Backyard BBQ area perfect for you and your guests and leaving them wanting to come back time and time again. That’s where the Rock Star reference comes in, oh also these are great DIY projects that will help you save some money, which can later be used on the meat and beer.

1. The Stone Island:

Many people think that having a stone BBQ island too expensive, but by using cast concrete blocks with a stone countertop, commonly found at your local home improvement store, you can easily and affordably create your own outdoor kitchen. You can find many DIY plans online, so there will be several options of material or layouts to choose from, so find one that best suits your needs and space. You can also discuss your ideas with someone at your local home improvement store, which can actually make this process a lot easier. When it comes time to do the heavy lifting, make sure to motivate your friends and family with a promise of celebrating a job well done with a nice steak dinner.

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2. Combine the Grill and Smoker:

If one grill is good, then two must be awesome. Using these basic instructions and altering to allow for the installation of your favorite smoker, this island can hold both a grill and smoker station for the true barbecue enthusiast. Surrounding the grill and smoker with brick gives your island a solid look that will last through any weather. You can use the same brick and mortar laying instructions from the Stone Island example above.

3. The Grill Top Table:

DIY communal outdoor grill

Instead of being separated from guests while you’re grilling, make the chore part of the fun. A built-in tabletop grill allows every guest to cook their own meal while enjoying each other’s company. If your company has a lot of dietary restrictions, this grill gives everyone the option to make their food just how they like it. Use a round picnic table as the base and cut out space for the charcoal grill to sit.

4. The Portable Island:

In today’s world of the outdoor BBQ/Grill, the majority sold are portable. They are very functional and can look nice, but not always appealing to someone who wants to stand out from the rest of the BBQ enthusiasts. So by adding a few nice touches to your ready assembled rolling BBQ stand, you’ll be ready to show off what you’ve got. You can add upgraded stone panels to the sides of the grill stand, just below the prep islands to give it a more permanent fixture look rather than a roll away grill.

Outdoor BBQ on wheels

5. The 3 in 1 Island

All inclusive outdoor BBQ experience

Now let’s combine everything we want into one, so let’s add a grill, a smoker and an outdoor pizza oven. Now that’s a great combo? This may seem complicated, but it’s still a fairly simple DIY grill project for anyone no matter what building experience. This will allow you to show your inner grill master spirit off and shine like the star that you are! OK, I think I’m getting a little to excited about grilling, smoking and cooking a pizza at the same time, while enjoying a beer on my back patio. Whew, I’m glad it’s the end of the article. Now I know I said that this project is still a fairly simple DIY project, but let’s be honest, you need to be familiar with taking measurements, using power tools and not be afraid of using sharp objects, like a saw, but still I think that with the right direction, almost anyone can tackle this project. Just take your time and plan ahead.