The cabin is meant to be a place where you can put your feet up and relax while you get back in touch with nature. Unfortunately, for many cabin owners getting away also means taking care of a bunch of other chores like cutting the grass, fixing the plumbing and keeping everything in good working order. Every minute is precious, including mealtimes.
Grilling and a long weekend at the cabin go together hand in hand. It’s a chance for you to stand outside, enjoy the fresh air and cook some fire-kissed meat. Of course, packing everything back and forth from home can be a chore. So, many cabin owners choose to buy a grill to leave at the cabin, so it’s there when you need it, without having to lug it in the back of your truck or SUV.
This also means that you can break away from the small portable grills that so many people take with them a tent or RV camping. For some families, the cabin is the ideal place to set up an outdoor kitchen.
Large Grills For An Outdoor Cabin Kitchen
An outdoor kitchen at the cabin is the peak of outdoor luxury. It’s the chance to let your culinary imagination take flight. You get to pick the view, the location, the features and of course the grill. For many people, this means choosing just the right built-in or “Drop-In” gas grill.
Though there are a few all-in-one units out there that come with the counters, cabinets and other special features all wrapped up in one price tag. The upside of these packages is that you tend to save a lot of money compared to hiring a contractor, or the time it takes to do-it-yourself. The downside of these all-in-one units is that you are usually forced into the layout, features, and dimensions the manufacturer builds into it.
Fire Pit Grills For The Cabin
There are also those times where you simply want to enjoy a big open flame to cook over. If your outdoor space is at a premium, you might want to consider a combination grill and fire pit in one. In the past, these units were a little primitive. Somewhere little more than a swinging grate that was jammed alongside a fire pit. You often ended up burned food and eyes that stung from putting your face so close to an untamed fire.
Fortunately, modern-day fire-pit grills have evolved into thoughtfully designed cooking appliances that keep you in control of the flames. Some even have built-in griddle surfaces or a bevy of special attachments to let you truly use it as an outdoor kitchen. A few even have rotisserie options.
Mobile Large Grills For Keeping At The Cabin
Of course, not everyone has the time, space, and budget to accommodate an outdoor kitchen at the cabin. You might just want a grill that you can cook for the whole family yet be able to tuck it away in a garage or storage shed to keep it safe when you are back in the city.
With these grills, you want something with wheels, preferably large wheels that you can move around easily on uneven ground. Though there are some large portable grills that have detachable legs and accessories that might be in play as well.
Wood Pellet Grills For Convenient Cabin Cooking
Wood pellet grills and smokers are increasingly popular, especially with cabin owners who tend to spend a lot of time maintaining their property or simply wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. As the name implies they use specially prepared wood pellets instead of charcoal or gas. You simply load them into a large hopper, then set the temperature you want.
An internal electric auger will then slowly delivers the wood pellets to an internal combustion chamber. An automated fan controls the airflow while evenly distributing the hot smoke to the cooking chamber. It lets you “Set It And Forget It.”
Let’s say you wanted to go hunting, hiking or spend a day out on the water, but you want to come home to some delicious barbecue. To do this, you could load a brisket, pork shoulder or ribs into the wood pellet grill, set it to a target temperature of 225-degrees. Then you go about your day, trusting that the wood pellet grill is taking care of the cooking for you.
Yet wood pellet grills can still do a lot of the things a traditional grill does. They can heat up very quickly. Some can get as hot as 500 or more degrees. This means you can get back to the cabin, fire up the wood pellet grill, and let it preheat while you put away your gear and get cleaned up. When it’s time to cook, you can lay some burger patties or hot dogs on the grates to enjoy a quick meal infused with flame-kissed smoky flavors.
As you see, there are a lot of options to consider when it comes to the kind of grill you want to keep at the cabin. Whether you want an outdoor kitchen, a large grill that wheels into the shed for safekeeping, or a convenient wood pellet grill, you are spoiled for choice.