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Big Spender: Alfresco cooking

Another buck on the barbie

Big Spender looks at the big business of catering to those with cash to burn. See more at www.latimes.com/bigspender. Send ideas to bigspender@latimes.com.

May 23, 2008|Kimi Yoshino | Times Staff Writer

Eat your heart out, Bobby Flay. These sleek, shiny grills and accessories from Viking -- the Rolls-Royce of kitchen appliances -- will have neighbors scaling your fence in hot pursuit of the wafting smell of smoked rib-eyes. Jeff Black, whose family has owned California Home Spas & Patio in Long Beach for 31 years, offers tips on how to burn a hole in your wallet and get your grill on:

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Who says bigger isn't better? This is 53 inches of grill space, a rotisserie, a wood-chip smoker and an infrared burner that will sear at temperatures up to 1,000 degrees -- all in one pretty package. Perfect, Black says, for surf and turf. Boil the lobster and grill the steaks at the same time. $7,718

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Traditionalists, fear not. Viking says its C4 Cooker, a "charcoal ceramic cooking capsule," reflects heat off the interior and cooks food from "all angles" to lock in flavor. Weighing 500 pounds, this is not your father's Weber. $3,900

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It's not a barbecue without beer, so why not round out your outdoor kitchen with a "kegerator"? This refrigerated beverage dispenser keeps the Sam Adams tapped and chilled. For margarita lovers, a heavy-duty ice machine churns out 35 pounds in 24 hours. $2,669 lso available at $2,749.

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This electric smoker oven does double duty. It's big enough to smoke a Thanksgiving turkey, using a mix of heat, water vapor and smoke for an ideal cooking environment. Or go the Martha Stewart route and whip up fresh-from-the-oven apple pie. $4,000

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And heck, if you sprang for all this, why not make it look pretty too? Black says his customers will spend $20,000 to $30,000 on an outdoor kitchen that rivals what they have in the house. He sells Outdoor Living Products pre-cast fiberglass-reinforced concrete boxes, customized in five colors with granite countertops. $10,224

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