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11 Products that will Upgrade Your Next Barbecue

posted by Becca Cornell on May 08, 2020 in Pittsburgh


Whether we’re able to have friends over this summer or it’s just the immediate family, we’re looking forward to summer barbecues in the warm weather! Throwing a good barbecue — regardless of size — comes down to a lot of different details. From the company to the food to the space, every little detail adds up. While the company and food you’ll have to handle yourselves (though we do make a mean pasta salad), we love to help homeowners upgrade their patios and barbecues for summer. These are some of our favorite products that will make your barbecue a hit, regardless of size!

Colorful Patio Umbrella(s)

Not only will this add a pop of color to your space, but this is also of the utmost importance for hot summer days. Allow your family to get out of the shade with a large patio umbrella. If your backyard or patio doesn’t offer much shade, we suggest an extra-large patio umbrella or even two.

A Sturdy Grill Tray

If you or your significant other are going to be back and forth between the house and the grill the whole day, make it a little bit easier with a sturdy grill tray that can handle large ribeyes!

An Efficient Patio Door

If your patio door is sticking, has cumbersome blinds or is too small for your area, it’s going to make for a difficult time getting in and out of the kitchen and patio. By replacing your patio door, you have much less chance of dropping those ribeyes on your way to the grill. Our Lifestyle Series patio doors offer blinds between the glass to make barbecues that much less messy with little hands around.

An Outdoor or Portable Beverage Cart

Be it lemonade or the “just for the adults” lemonade stand, an outdoor or portable beverage cart will limit people traipsing in and out while ensuring everyone stays properly hydrated. Set yours up with all the fixings, from the beverages to glasses, ice, reusable straws and pretty pink umbrellas to make everyone’s time that much easier.

A Fire Pit

Not only will this be useful at the start of summer when the temperatures still drop a bit at night, but a fire pit also makes a great focal point for your patio. Bonus points if you have marshmallows for the kiddos to keep busy.

A Grill Master Apron for Dad (or Mom)

This is just fun, but it’s also a great talking point!

Heavy-Duty String Lights

Outdoor string lights are especially useful for evening barbecues. They will light up your area and provide a nice ambiance over the space. Your family or guests won’t feel the need to leave during the fun just because the sun’s going down.

A Cornhole (or other outdoor game) Set

Be it Cornhole, Can-Jam or giant Jenga, a fun backyard game will keep people entertained and can also be a great tool for getting time with just the adults if there’s lots of kids at your barbecue.

This Two-in-One Cooler/High Top Table

We love this two-in-one cooler/high top table on Amazon! Not only is it budget friendly, but it can also be used to keep drinks cool so people aren’t traipsing back and forth. Plus it serves as a high top table for your guests to chat around!

3 Utensil Caddies

Not one, not two, but three! The key here is having one for the grill and grill master, another for the serving utensils and another for utensils and napkins for guests. This will keep you and your guests from scrambling to find something to eat the pasta salad with.

Varied Outdoor Seating

While some homeowners will get one set of patio furniture and call it a day, we’ve noticed that the best barbecues tend to have more than one form of seating. From patio furniture around a patio table, to a lounging patio set, to hanging swings and colorful lawn chairs around a fire pit, having more options will help to keep people from choosing to sit inside — and is especially important the more people you have over.

Regardless of how big our barbecues are able to be this summer, we’ll be sure to have great ones thanks to great family, good food and beautiful patios.

Becca Cornell

About The Author

Becca joined the Gunton and Pella Digital Marketing team nearly a year ago and she likes to think it’s been a whirlwind of a digital adventure ever since. When she’s not creating content for Gunton and Pella’s website or social media pages she’s actively trying to convince her office that everyday should be “bring your dog to work day”. She’s a  graduate of Lake Erie College with an English and Communications Bachelor’s degree and resides in Painesville Ohio, with her boyfriend and their dog, Mason.

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