Few things taste as good as a rack of smoked BBQ ribs. Except maybe a buttery ear of corn on the cob, which would go even better with some french fries, grilled vegetables, and an ice cold beer.
Whether you're looking to make some new additions to your outdoor dining space or spicing things up with a new outdoor kitchen, look no further! Our commercial outdoor cooking equipment buying guide will help you find what you need to start making all of your favorite summertime staples.
The Backyard Pro Line
Featuring a full line of outdoor grills and patio stoves, Backyard Pro's products let you take your culinary expertise out of the kitchen and into one of the very best venues for enjoying a great meal - the outdoors.
Fry turkey at a tailgate with our patio stoves and fryer / steamer kits, or be the grill-master at the company picnic with a reliable 30" or 60" charcoal grill. Backyard Pro even offers a smoker grill with independent charcoal and gas sections, a side burner, and smoker box. So you can throw on a few burgers and use the gas side for fast turnaround, or use the charcoal side to craft a perfect, smoky, savory steak.
Compare the full Backyard Pro line below to find the right grill or stove for your needs!
Production: When buying an outdoor fryer, this is your biggest consideration. Many of our fryers list approximately how many people they can feed each hour. Buy something that meets your current needs but gives you a little bit of room to grow if you're planning on frying for larger events in the future.
Number of Fry Tanks / Fry Baskets: Multiple tanks prevent cross-contamination (so that the shrimp isn't sharing oil with the french fries). Multiple baskets let you do smaller batches of the same or similar items in the same tank.
Other Features: Some fryers come with a side grill, which lets you do grilled entrees and sides on one unit.
Uses: Patio stoves are used mostly for cooking with a stock pot or large, heavy cast iron cookware. Fry chicken, fish, or even a whole turkey. Steam vegetables and seafood. Boil water or make large batches of stew. These are also very popular for brewing beer. This is a good piece of equipment that can handle a variety of jobs.
Production: Low volume. Good for small gatherings such as company / church picnics or tailgating events.
Burner: Buying a model with a larger burner will let you hold larger cookware. The higher the BTU rating, the faster the stove will reach temperature.
Height and Stability: These start at less than 10" high and can be over 20" high. A taller model will make it easier to lift heavy stockpots, but this added height also makes it easier to knock over accidentally. Square stoves are also generally more stable than round ones.
If you are loading very heavy stockpots and/or are concerned about foot traffic near the stove, a shorter, square model is the safest option.
Having a portable grill is a great investment for businesses that only grill during certain seasons of the year. Portable grills are equipped with casters, which make them much easier to haul around. In fact, many of our grills have removable legs that make them easy to store. Some of them even come with slide action grates that can be adjusted to different heights for optimal control over cooking temperatures.
If you are looking for an easy-to-transport grill, you can check out our towable grills. These grills are attached to trailers that you can hook up to your vehicle and pull behind you, making them some of the best outdoor grills for caterers or tailgating events.
If you are looking for a more permanent solution to your grilling needs, you may want to invest in a built-in grill on your deck or patio, especially if you plan to use the area all year long. Built-in grills often boast higher power capabilities, making grilling for many customers at once an easy feat.
Our built-in outdoor grills come in a variety of durable constructions, like stainless steel, that allow them to withstand the elements. Plus, with natural gas and liquid propane options, restaurateurs can customize their units to best fit their needs. If you're looking for an upgrade, consider purchasing a rotisserie attachment or smoker box to expand your menu offerings.
Gas grills are powered by liquid propane tanks, but can oftentimes be converted to run on natural gas. They tend to be the most popular of the grill types among amateur and professional chefs due to their convenience; however, there are some disadvantages to consider when choosing a gas grill.
Charcoal grills use wood chips or charcoal to cook your food. They are often chosen for the distinct flavor they provide, but also come with some disadvantages.
Now that you've chosen a grill for your establishment, it's time to consider the special features and accessories that you can add to your unit. We offer
grilling accessories like side burners, dome lids, and even marinade injectors to infuse awesome flavor into your meat.
Many grill thermometers mount right inside your grill so that you can monitor meat temperatures at a quick glance.
Side shelves allow you to keep ingredients close by as you grill and offer extra space for plating.
Grill covers help protect your grill from inclement weather conditions and keep it looking like new year round.
Roll dome lids protect your grill and offer more even cooking while still creating the beautiful sear marks that customers love.
Splash guards help protect your surroundings from sizzling hot splatters while maintaining product visibility.
Side burners are perfect for sauteing or keeping sauces or finished products hot to increase your efficiency.
Cut up tender steak, chicken, and vegetables and slide them onto the skewer for a summertime favorite.
Basting brushes spread liquid marinades over top of meat to provide a delicious final product.
A smoker grill or small smoker cabinet will work for most users who want to make some occasional smoked meats.
If you are a commercial operation that plans on having smoked products as a big part of your menu, you'll want to look at bigger units and/or multiple units for different types of smoked items (you don't want to smoke fish at the same humidity / temperature as beef or pork, for example).
Since you need to prepare the meat well in advance, know how many people you are feeding, what you're feeding them, and compare against the capacity of our smokers - that will help gauge the size / number of units you need.
Other Features: An express smoker is a good option if you need a fast turn-around; it can do a 5 lb. rack of ribs in 1 hour instead of 7.