The true sign of summer: last night the air in my neighborhood was filled with the sound of crackling charcoal and the smell of grilling vegetables and meat. I love summer cookouts. Grilling on the patio may very well be my favorite part of the season. While I happily turn veggies on an apartment-friendly miniature grill, I can’t help but wish I could be the grill master at one of these designer bbq stations. (HGTV’s own Dream Home and Green Home always seem to have the best outdoor cooking spots.)
This barbeque courtyard serves as a spacious outdoor living and dining space that gracefully extends from the kitchen and living room. The grilling station is secluded and perfect for the cook to make top-notch summer meals.
The outdoor living room from HGTV Dream Home 2012 focuses on casual, comfortable design and the surrounding views. A perk to this cozy spot is the 12-foot island, housing a gas grill, rotisserie, two warming drawers and hidden storage.
Ready to take your spatula and tongs to the grill? Check out some of our favorite recipes, perfect for your next summertime cookout:
- Fiery Grilled Shrimp With Honeydew Gazpacho
- Using Herbs to Spice Up Your Barbeque
- Grilled Carne Adobo Skewers
- How to Grill Corn on the Cob
If you want even more grilling recipes check out our sister site, FoodNetwork.com. After you get your menu set get your outdoor space guest- and party-ready with our complete Outdoor Entertaining guide.
Have you been firing up the grill a lot since spring? What are some of your favorite grilling recipes? Share them with us in the comments below.