Are BBQ Smokehouse Structures Still a Thing?

January 24, 2022

In most cases, BBQ smokehouse structures (a type of outdoor smokehouse for BBQ cooking and grilling) are only large enough to accommodate a grill or smoker—but with a little creativity, you can create a structure capable of providing you with far more benefit.

We want to help you create the BBQ smokehouse structures of your dreams. Here are a few things for you to consider as you embark on your goal of creating the ultimate BBQ building in your backyard.


The location and space available around your structure is important. Consider first and foremost that this is a structure around which there will be fire and smoke. You need to have a pathway for the smoke to be diverted away from the structure so you have sufficient ventilation and do not have to worry about potential carbon monoxide issues.

Make sure you have ample seating for guests. People who are interested in creating a full BBQ shelter are generally doing so with entertaining in mind, so have plenty of table space and seating close enough to the structure that it will be convenient for you to continue entertaining while also cooking.

Make sure your space considerations include storage. You’ll need plenty of supplies and fuel, all kept in convenient locations. It’s a good idea to have a nearby fridge so you don’t have to constantly run back and forth from the house.

Consider electrical outlet needs for a variety of devices, as well as lighting so you can keep the party going during the evening or on overcast days.


After you’ve covered all the logistics of making sure you have the space for everything you need, you should also consider the aesthetic elements of the smokehouse structure. Ideally, it is a place that will feel comfortable and uniquely yours.

Some of the elements you might consider including that will add a touch of personality include outdoor wall art, area rugs, dart boards or other games, plants, swings, movie screens, water features, seat cushions and signage. Let your personality shine through with the way you decorate and beautify your structure and the surrounding area.

Must-have items

Finally, once the structure is complete, make sure you’ve got all the tools and equipment you’re going to need to get the most out of your brand-new smokehouse.

This will include cooking tools like your grill or smoker, tongs, grill pans, skewers, grill baskets, cleaning tools, thermometers and spatulas. You should also consider safety equipment, like fire extinguishers, hot pads and grill gloves. Finally, make sure you have plenty of seating and comfort items for your guests, including pillows, ceiling fans, seat cushions, sunshades or anything else you think might be beneficial.

Looking for more ideas about how you can create the ultimate smokehouse for BBQ parties at your home? We encourage you to get in touch with our team today at ABC Awning Company, and we will be happy to provide you with some information about additional features you should consider adding.

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