As turbulent times roil the world around us, it’s natural to seek a more idyllic solace in reverie. Shuttered behind closed eyelids, the gaze is cast upon a balmy summer day in which the sun’s rays kiss the skin while a westerly breeze blows merrily along toward the sea. You open your mind’s eye and before you is a fully appointed outdoor kitchen upon which numerous epicurean creations are being prepared. This last part can be more than a fanciful dream and be made manifest with the help of DCS.
DCS is a scion of the luxury brand Fisher & Paykel. The subsidiary was spun off to focus solely on outdoor cooking. However, DCS isn’t merely a blase afterthought of its illustrious parent company. This part has proven to be a worthy equal of the whole, manufacturing some of the finest outdoor grills, refrigeration units, and accessories on the market. This is no more evident than in the top-flight 9 Series grill heads and peripheral burners. Take a look at some of the building blocks of your premier DCS outdoor kitchen.
Note: The following models described are built-in grill heads. They are primarily designed to be installed into outdoor masonry. However, corresponding grill carts are available. These models are also natural gas. All are available in models configured to use liquid propane.
48-Inch Model Pictured
The main grill head from DCS will be the backbone of your outdoor kitchen. Depending on the space you have available, these grills are offered in widths of 36 inches (BE136RCN) and 48 inches (BE148RCN).
This gives you a cooking area from a passable 1,164 sq inches to an expansive 1,593 sq inches respectively. The beating heart of these grills are banks of stainless steel burners with a maximum output of 25,000 BTUs per burner. These add up to 89,000 total BTUs in the 36-inch model and 118,000 BTUs in the 48-inch model. The burner’s unique U-shape ensures uniform heat distribution. The combination power and consistency gives you the ability to effortlessly and evenly sear a thick-cut Delmonico steak or halibut fillets.
You’re by no means limited to traditional grilling, though. Every model has the option of using a motorized rotisserie in concert with an 18,000 BTU infrared element. With a weight tolerance of up to 50 lbs, you can slow roast a whole goose or suckling pig with crisp skin on the outside and succulent meat inside. You’ll also be able to experiment with a whole host of flavor profiles using the charcoal smoking tray. By adding wood chips, you can infuse your food with the dark smokiness of applewood, the complex zest of mesquite, and so much more.
These grills are as robust and ergnomic as they are functional. Each unit is clad in heavy-duty 304 stainless steel that can weather the outdoor elements all year ‘round. The easy-lifting hood utilizes smooth hinges to open at 90 degrees for full view of what you’re cooking. For even better visibility, strategic stadium lighting clearly illuminates the entire cookspace and lends a warm, welcoming glow to the grill.
This side burner may look suspiciously like the standard cooking component that comes with more pedestrian grills. But a brand like DCS, which caters only to the most discerning cooks, would never offer something so unremarkable. This power burner is the unassuming secret weapon in the outdoor epicure’s arsenal.
Upon closer inspection, you’ll see that the burner is made up of two separate rings. The center ring is nestled beneath a sealed cap while there’s also a massive brass outer burner. When these burners are ignited simultaneously, it can produce a ferocious 70,000 BTUs. This is perfect for a wok stir fry or leaving guests awestruck as you flambe bananas foster. Conversely, this burner isn’t just a blunt instrument. The dual burners can be operated independently, reducing the flame to a subtle and steady 1,300 BTUs. While sipping a bit of wine and engaging in scintillating conversation, you can also slowly stir a Cajun seafood etouffee which will waft a rich, tantalizing aroma around your patio, eliciting thoughts of the Louisiana bayou.
An outdoor kitchen is no longer considered elite unless it can accommodate a full complement of culinary techniques. Enter the DCS 30-inch griddle. It would be easy relegating the griddle to an also-ran role. Sure you can prepare grilled dish toppings such as caramelized onions or sauteed mushrooms. Constraining this tool to such tasks would be a mistake. The griddle’s limits are bound only by your imagination.
Dual temperature zones with a maximum of 20,000 BTUs each allow you to prepare multiple ingredients of a dish simultaneously. Quick-sear lobes of foie gras on one side while wilt-crisping microgreens on the other for an indulgent amuse bouche. Unleash your inner hibachi cook to concoct an array of fried rice dishes. You can even prepare that which has eluded the outdoor grill for so long - breakfast. A beautiful mid-morning shouldn’t be spent stifled indoors in the service of satisfying morning hunger pangs. On one cooking surface, you can make buckwheat pancakes while folding over avocado, chorizo, and broccoli rabe omelets. Set up a hammock or other lounging apparatus, keep some of your favorite books close at hand in a water resistant container, and you may never spend a sunny day indoors ever again.
The DCS 9 Series offers the pinnacle of outdoor cooking tools from the grill heads described above, to refrigeration units, to patio heaters, among a vast quantity of other options. Those with DCS outdoor kitchens keep rarefied company. No less than the world-renowned chef, Ludo Lefebvre is an ardent devotee of the brand. Watch the video below (Video courtesy of Dwell Magazine):