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Our Picks For Top Stucco Grill Islands
Our top choice for the best stucco grill island is the Cal Flame 3-Piece BBQ Island. Although this grill gives the BBQ chef everything they could want to cook and prepare excellent food, it is the overall design of this island that takes it into the top spot.
With the grill stationed in the middle, storage underneath, a serving area and refrigerator on the right, and a double burner on the left, everything is easily reachable for the perfect cooking experience.
But the great design doesn't end there. On the opposite side of the island, there is a bar counter which allows up to six guests to sit comfortably whilst drinking or conversing with the chef as he or she prepares and then serves up all the delicious food.
Short List of Our Favorite Stucco Grill Islands
- Cal Flame 3-Piece BBQ Island
- Lynx Sedona Deluxe BBQ Island
- Cal Flame 8′ Stucco BBQ Island and Side Bar
- Lion Resort Q 7 Piece BBQ Island
- Cal Flame Stucco and Tile 4-ft BBQ Island
The Lynx Sedona Deluxe BBQ Island is another stucco grill island which offers plenty of space for guests to stand around whilst their food is served and then whilst eating it. It has a large cooking capacity which is helped by the additional two-flame ‘Prosear' burner.
If having plenty of space to store cooking tools etc. is important to you then the Cal Flame 8′ Stucco BBQ Island and Side Bar can provide you storage and drawers. It also has a large side bar area which gives you loads of room to prepare, serve and entertain guests.
A stucco grill island which has just about everything except a very high price is the Lion Resort Q 7 Piece BBQ Island. A decent sized grill which is easy to use, plus a refrigerator and storage are all part of the package, plus there is a particularly large worktop area for serving,
The uniquely shaped Cal Flame Stucco and Tile 4-ft BBQ Island is a great option if you don't have a very large space in your garden but still want to entertain. The L-shaped configuration means guests can sit right next to the chef whilst their steaks sizzle to perfection.
#1 Cal Flame 3-Piece BBQ Island
Our top pick in our review of the top stucco grill islands is the Cal Flame 3-Piece BBQ Island. In fact, to simply call this a grill island does it a huge disservice. Whilst many grill islands are no more than cooking stations this Cal Flame grill lets you cook for your guests and converse with them as they sit at the counter across from you.
As food becomes ready you simply serve it to your guests, meaning they can enjoy their food and your company at the same time. To add even further to the conducive atmosphere, the guests' side of the island has decorative tiling and subtle blue lighting to give it a classy look.
On the chef's side, you have a large propane grill with 800 square inches of cooking surface. If you need an even temperature across your grill you have the benefit of a 110v convection fan which helps speed up cooking times too.
At the rear of the grill, there is a rotisserie which can hold 35 lbs. of food and keep it warm until it is ready to be served up to your guests. To add even more cooking capacity and options you have a separate high powered, two burner unit which is great for frying, boiling or stir-frying with a wok.
The island has double door storage underneath that can be used for towel rolls, and keeping your sauces and spices close at hand. Further storage comes courtesy of two drawers below the side burner which are ideal for grill tools and cutlery.
No BBQ is complete without cold drinks and thanks to the 4.6 cubic foot capacity refrigerator, that is taken care of. You can serve your guests their food and their drinks together which they'll surely appreciate.
Whether in use or sitting idle the Cal Flame 3-piece island really catches the eye with a two-tone counter top, stone stucco base and a 3-inch brown trim which finishes the whole ensemble off perfectly.
Things We Liked
- Plenty of cooking capacity
- Seating area around island for six guests
- Convection fan for even heat and faster cooking
- Lots of storage
- Styling and lighting
Things We Didn’t Like
- Refrigerator capacity small for size of island
- V-shaped grids are harder to clean
#2 Lynx Sedona Deluxe BBQ Island
The Lynx Sedona Deluxe BBQ Island has a classic grill island design with the capacity for BBQ chefs to both cook great food and entertain their guests. With the cooking area to the left, a semi-circular worktop area on the right is ideal for your guests to stand or sit around.
The propane gas powered grill is 36 inches wide so you'll have plenty of room for all your steaks, burgers, and veggies. There are two standard burners along with a single ‘Prosear' burner with rotisserie at the rear which all add up to 81,000 BTUs of cooking power.
If you want to keep something on the boil or fry something separately you can do this on the side burner which has two cooking flames. This can be set low to simmer or high for a really intense heat so you have maximum flexibility as to what it can be used for.
When it comes time to raise a glass to the chef (of course), everyone can enjoy a wonderfully chilled drink from the refrigerator which has a capacity of 4.1 cubic feet. It has storage for drinks as well as being able to keep food fresh until it's ready to be cooked.
Sauces, spices, napkins, and cooking tools can all be stored and kept within arm’s reach thanks to both the single door cupboard and two drawers situated under the main grill.
Things We Liked
- Large cooking capacity
- Side burner with high and low heat
- Ceramic briquets for even heat
- Plenty of storage capacity
- Serving area for guests
Things We Didn't Like
- Mid-grade stainless steel used
- Small refrigerator capacity
#3 Cal Flame 8′ Stucco BBQ Island and Side Bar
For a stucco grill island that can keep the BBQ chef happy and cater for their guests the Cal Flame 8′ Stucco BBQ Island and Side Bar is certainly in the frame.
For the chef, there is a 4-burner stainless steel grill with a cooking surface of 800 square inches and cooking power of 60,000 BTUs. This should be ample for most occasions especially when you take into consideration the full-width rack to keep food warm whilst it's waiting to be served. If that wasn't enough there is also a separate 11-inch side burner where boiled or stir-fried food can be cooked.
All the burners can be ignited independently and as they each have their own control knob, whoever is cooking the food has complete control over the heat levels for all the different foods cooking on the grill surface.
There's no worrying about where to store all your BBQ tools, spices and sauces as there is both a single door stainless steel storage unit and two stainless steel drawers built into the island.
When it's time to pour the wine, crack open the beer or simply sip some orange juice, you can be sure they'll all be chilled to perfection thanks to the 4.6 cubic feet refrigerator. Whether it is the drinks or food you are serving there will be plenty of space for it all as the side bar has a 4ft by 2ft surface upon which to serve them. This is also a great spot for your guests to stand or sit around twhilst they eat, drink and be merry.
Things We Liked
- 800 square inch cooking capacity
- Burners all individually controlled
- Lots of storage space
- Side-burner for boiling or frying
- Large side bar for serving guests
Things We Didn't Like
- Rotisserie not included
- Side burner is single, not double burner
#4 Lion Resort Q 7 Piece BBQ Island
If you are looking for a stucco grill island that has most of what you need for a great BBQ but without a hefty price tag then you should consider the Lion Resort Q 7 Piece BBQ Island.
The first thing you will notice about this island is the very large worktop area which is great for serving up all your delicious food and for your guests to stand around drinking, eating or chatting…although hopefully not all at the same time. This larger than normal space is no doubt due to there being no side burner but unless you need to cook for a large crowd then it wouldn't be required anyway.
Your main grill is powered by natural gas or propane gas and has four main burners and an infrared rear rotisserie. Add all this up and you have 830 square inches of cooking surface and no less than 75,000 BTUs of cooking power. Plenty for a family BBQ and indeed enough to cook for some additional guests too.
Each burner can be individually lit and adjusted so you have total control over the amount of heat each part of your grill is producing. This Lion Resort grill is one of the easiest to operate on the market so even novice BBQ chefs can get cooking with it, and to get you off to a great start there’s even a FREE grill accessory package that comes with your purchase.
For storage, you have a double doored unit underneath the grill which has a handy paper towel holder and is perfect for storing your BBQ tools such as tongs, forks, and spatulas.
To wash all your delicious food down, your guests will no doubt be looking for a nice cold drink. With a 4.5 cubic foot refrigerator built into the grill island, you'll have these to hand as well as being able to keep fruit and veg cooled.
Things We Liked
- Large worktop/serving area
- Very easy to operate
- Burners individually controlled
- Large cooking capacity
- FREE accessory package included
Things We Didn't Like
- No drawer storage
- Very plain design/style
#5 Cal Flame Stucco and Tile 4-ft BBQ Island
When it comes to getting the basics right for the BBQ chef, the Cal Flame Stucco and Tile 4-ft BBQ Island just about ticks every box. When we say basics, we mean cooking great food whilst entertaining guests which are what every good BBQ chef should be doing…isn't it?
For the cooking part of the equation, there is a 4 burner, propane gas powered grill with 800 square inches of cooking capacity. Each burner can be independently ignited and controlled giving you total control over everything that is being grilled. When food has been cooked it can be placed on the two-position warming rack until it is served.
A thermometer in the hood lets you monitor cooking temperatures and to stop grease going where it shouldn’t there is both a splash guard and a drip tray which will also prevent the controls getting clogged up with debris.
There is storage underneath the grill for BBQ tools and accessories although there are no drawers. The island also doesn't have a refrigerator which many others have although this is reflected in the lower price.
Once your food is ready to be served, it is a simple matter of turning to your right and serving. This is thanks to the L-shaped configuration of the island which means your guests can sit alongside watching you cook and chatting as you do so.
Things We Liked
- 800 sq. in cooking surface
- Burners independently ignited and controlled
- Splash guard and drip tray to prevent clogging
- L-shape allows guests to sit alongside
- Competitively priced
Things We Didn't Like
- No refrigerator
- No drawers for storage
Buyer’s Guide For Stucco Grill Islands
When looking for the best stucco grill island to suit your needs there will be more than one feature or benefit that you need to think about carefully before making your final choice.
With stucco grill islands, you will tend to find that the styling and the design tend to be more conducive to entertaining your guests than some of the more basic island grills that are available. Worktop areas tend to be larger and the shapes and sizes of them can make it easier for guests to sit around the grill island. If you are someone who likes to entertain your guests as much as you do cooking for them, then consider carefully the sort of layouts that you'd prefer.
Part of a good BBQ is the ability to cook enough food for your guests and not having to serve it up in prolonged installments. The grill surface area, the heat output, and whether the island has side burners, a rotisserie or warming areas will determine the amounts you can cook when entertaining, so choose the stucco grill island that has the capacity you need.
Most, but not all stucco grill islands will have a refrigerator so check for this and also take account of how much storage is available to you. Most have under grill storage but there are some with additional storage including drawers which you may want for convenience.
Most grill island construction materials are stainless steel but there can be a variation in the grade used so if you are looking for something that is going to be extra durable check this in the specifications. You are also strongly advised to read the delivery requirements and shipping options especially if access to your property is restricted in any way.
Finally, you'll want to read what the recommendations are regarding assembly as most grill islands do not come ready built. There may be assembly services available from your retailer which you may want to use if the idea having to put together your new stucco grill island yourself doesn't appeal.
The Joy of Cooking With A Stucco Grill Island
Deciding you want to have a grill island is one thing, but what are the advantages of choosing a stucco grill island over other BBQ grills that are available.
On a practical level, and by that we mean the actual cooking of the BBQ food, grill surface areas are larger and there are some which have additional single or double burners which is always a huge advantage, especially when cooking for larger numbers. Side burners are also fantastic if you want to add other sorts of food to the menu such as soups or stews and if you fancy getting the wok out, a stir-fry.
Stucco grill islands can give you even greater flexibility when cooking with a rotisserie option or a warming area where you can keep food warm instead of having to serve it up immediately. There are also some with a convection fan which gives a chef the ability to either cook food very evenly or speed up the cooking time when the guests are extra hungry.
Of course, standard grills don't come with refrigerators which stucco grill islands tend to have and these are great for keeping drinks cold or food fresh before it is cooked. You’ll also have storage space within the grill island for all your utensils and BBQ tools plus they can be used to store spices and sauces. One point to note, if you are using your ‘secret sauce', the storage tends not to have a lock and key, so if you want to keep it secret you'd best hide it away somewhere else!
Where stucco grill islands absolutely take the top spot, and in most cases over other grill islands, is in their design, shapes, and styling. They are designed not just to be ‘grills' but a place where both the chef and their guests can enjoy the cooking, the food, and the company.
Stucco grill islands normally have larger worktop areas so preparing and serving food is easier for the chef. Some are big enough to be classed as a bar so guests can then stand around it to eat their food, enjoy a drink and chat with those around them, including the chef.
Some of the worktop areas are big enough for the chef to actually lay out the food on serving dishes and invite guests to come and help themselves. Alternatively, it can be used for dishes of side snacks such as peanuts, pretzels, potato chips and fruit. Some users might prefer to place a large container full of ice with cold drinks for everyone to take when needed. The point is none of these options which make it easier for your guests to enjoy themselves can be achieved using a basic grill.
The final point about stucco grill islands is how they look and the way they are finished. The top surfaces and serving areas will normally be made from beautiful porcelain counter tops that wouldn’t look out of place in your local wine bar. The base of the islands will tend to have stylish stone or cream stucco with finishing and trim colors coordinated to compliment it beautifully.
Your stucco grill island will not only enable you to cook and serve great BBQ food but it can be the stunning centerpiece of your garden, and the topic of conversation for your envious guests.