There’s Never Any Room For Plates Next To My Barbecue So I Got One of These Prep Tables To Add Space

Barbecue Prep Table
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Nothing says summer like preparing a meal on the barbecue, but if you’re like us and often find yourself trying to figure out where to put your tools, your food, your spices, and your drink (the chef should always be hydrated), we’ve got the solution. Barbecue prep tables are a versatile, useful, and affordable solution to the one issue every barbecue has – not enough prep space.

Barbecue prep tables have several functions. They can be a spot to set down your meat or vegetables while waiting for the grill to warm up, saving you from running back inside to retrieve your food once it’s time to cook. Prep tables can also be precisely what they sound like – a place to prep your food. Whether you’re seasoning your bird for beer can chicken, or you’re assembling vegetable skewers, having a place to work near the barbecue not only saves time, it also saves kitchen counter space that can be used to prepare the rest of the meal.

All three barbecue prep tables we included in our list serve different functions, making it easy to find the one that best fits your needs. We like the Keter Unity XL Indoor Outdoor Entertainment BBQ Storage Table for barbecue areas that are far from the kitchen or house, with the locked and covered section providing storage for a propane tank, charcoal, spices, or barbecue tools.

The Cuisinart Take Along Grill Stand is perfect for anyone who has a barbecue, will travel. Whether you’re spending a Sunday afternoon at the beach, in the park, at a tailgate party, or just want a table for your own yard or patio that is easy to store in the offseason, the Cuisinart offers versatility and portability.

The Royal Gourmet Double-Shelf Movable Dining Cart Table is a multi-functional table that can be used indoors and outdoors as a prep space, a bar cart, a place to hold your propane tank and more.

Want to learn more about our picks for the best barbecue prep table? Check them out below!


1. Keter Unity XL Indoor Outdoor Entertainment BBQ Storage Table

The Keter Unity XL Indoor Outdoor Entertainment BBQ Storage Table has 78 total gallons of storage, as well as smart features like two sidebars for paper towels, four hook hangers, and a spice rack.

Pros: The Keter includes 54 gallons of sealed storage space and 24 gallons of open storage, providing a prep table that doubles as a mini-storage facility. The table has a natural wood-like texture and is sealed with water-resistant resin, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The 430 stainless steel top is a great prep area and serving station and we like the added touches, like a built-in spice rack, hook hangers, adjustable legs, and front wheels for added mobility.

Cons: The stainless-steel top will rust if left outside unprotected. Customers note that the table is time consuming to assemble.

Keter Unity XL Indoor Outdoor Entertainment BBQ Storage Table

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2. Cuisinart Take Along Grill Stand

The Cuisinart Take Along Grill Stand has an innovative design that allows it to be used as a single table, with one or two flip up side tables, and comes with a strap for easy carrying.

Pros: Our most portable option, the Cuisinart is great for setting up in a backyard or on a patio, as well as taking to the beach, tailgating parties or a picnic. The lightweight aluminum table can hold 35 pounds, includes six built-in cup holders, and has eight tool hooks that keep barbecuing accessories within reach. We love that the table includes three size options thanks to its added side shelves.

Cons: The Cuisinart does not include a covered storage area like the Keter.

Cuisinart Take Along Grill Stand

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3. Royal Gourmet Double-Shelf Movable Dining Cart Table

Designed for use indoors and outdoors, the Royal Gourmet Double-Shelf Movable Dining Cart Table is strong enough to bear a 20 lb gas cylinder off its side hook.

Pros: The Royal Gourmet includes three multifunctional hooks to hold cooking accessories, like brushes and flippers. The double shelf design means an area for holding materials and one for prep. The stainless-steel top can handle a portable grill or griddle and the left side tank hook can support a gas cylinder with a weight up to 20 lbs. The car also includes two wheels for easy portability.

Cons: Customers complained that the directions were difficult to follow.

Royal Gourmet Double-Shelf Movable Dining Cart Table

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