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Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio wants to help you celebrate National Barbecue Month!

May is national bbq month

Photo courtesy biggreenegg.com

Did you know May is National Barbecue Month?

Outdoor grilling is a favorite all-American activityThat’s right, and we are proud to honor the occasion with our versatile line of outdoor cookers, grills and outdoor living accoutrements sure to satisfy the king (or queen) of the coals in everyone!

We are the area’s authorized dealer for the Big Green Egg and Eggcessories. The Egg is the original American-designed ceramic cooker and is well-known as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market. Eggs offer more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From the perfect steak, melt-in-your-mouth ribs to appetizers and desserts, The Big Green Egg comes in six convenient sizes to choose from, so there is a model to fit any lifestyle or budget. We have a large selection of Eggs and Eggcessories in stock at our showroom, and we can also order directly for prompt shipment, so now is the time to place your order in time to enjoy outdoor cooking and dining this season!

big green egg sizes

Along with being a Big Green Egg authorized dealer, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio also carries a varied line of upscale outdoor grills. This includes the newest addition to our outdoor dining and living aresenal… Arteflame  outdoor grills!

Arteflame combines art with outdoor cooking as it can be used as a focal point in an outdoor living setting, as a super sophisticated outdoor firepit/ bowl, or as a functional outdoor grill. This grill is the most unique of any outdoor grill available today and the only grill on the market today that can replace that unsightly, traditional  backyard grill with a functional piece of art. The Arteflame is a pleasure to look at and can be displayed as a center piece of any outdoor space in addition to its grilling capabilities it can also double as a Fire Bowl on those days when there is a chill in the air. Watch this video to learn more:

You can learn more about the Big Green Egg, Arteflame and our superb outdoor living space designs, including outdoor kitchens, by visiting our website. To help celebrate National Barbecue Month, we would like to share these mouth-watering Egg recipes — enjoy!

Texas-Style Brisket

TExas Brisket

Recipe courtesy of Matt Pittman of Meat Church. From the Big Green Egg website.

This brisket is wonderful alone or served with soft tortillas and taco toppings.


  • One 10 to 12 lb (4.5 to 5.5 kg) whole packer brisket (Choice or higher)


  • Trim the excess fat and silver skin from the brisket. Also, remove any “hard” pieces of fat as they will not render off during the cooking process. Trim the fat off the bottom of the brisket leaving only ¼ in (6 mm) fat. Apply rub to all sides of the meat liberally … I mean liberally! Cover the brisket and place in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.
  • Mix the rub ingredients (listed below) in a large bowl. This mix will make more than you need for one brisket; store the remainder in an airtight container.
  • Set your EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 250°F/121°C.
  • Place the brisket on the grid, fat-side down – this is my preference, but highly debated in the barbecue world. Fat-side up is fine if that is your preference, but fat down is what many competitors do as it gives you a much better presentation. When the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160°F/71°C, double wrap the brisket in non-waxed butcher paper or aluminum foil – this is what we call the Texas crutch. The bark will have formed nicely by this point.
  • Continue to smoke the brisket until the meat is “probe tender,” which means when you probe it there is no resistance … think of a toothpick in a cake. Each piece of meat is different but this will likely be at an internal temperature of between 200-202°F/93-94°C. Remove the brisket from the EGG, wrap in a towel and place in a cooler for at least one hour. This will allow the juices to re-distribute in the meat. Unwrap the brisket and slice against the grain.

Brisket Rub Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 ml) coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup (240 ml) non-iodized salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) granulated garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) onion powder
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) paprika

pulled pork sandwichPulled Pork Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Dr. BBQ from the Big Green Egg website.


  • One 7 to 8 pound pork butt, fat cap trimmed off
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Big Time BBQ Rub (Recipe below)
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 2 cups Dr. BBQ’s Carolina Barbecue sauce (Recipe below)
  • 12 hamburger buns


  • Rub the meat with the oil and then sprinkle liberally with the rub. Put in the refrigerator for at least a half hour and up to 12 hours.
  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking at 275°F/135°C using hickory and cherry smoking wood for flavor. Put the butt in the EGG and cook until the internal temperature is 160°F/71°C;  this should take 6 to 8 hours. Lay out a big double piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and put the pork butt in the middle. As you begin to close up the package pour the apple juice over the top of the butt and then seal the package, taking care not to puncture it put it back in the EGG and cook until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 195°F/91°C;  this should take another 2 to 3 hours.
  • Remove the package from the EGG to a baking sheet. Open the top of the foil to let the steam out and let it rest for ½ hour. Using heavy neoprene gloves or a pair of tongs and a fork transfer the meat to a big pan. It will be very tender and hard to handle. Discard the juices as they will be quite fatty. Shred the meat, discarding the fat and bones; it should just fall apart. Continue to pull the meat until it’s shredded enough to make a sandwich. Add 1 cup of the sauce and mix well. Reserve the additional sauce for serving on the side. Serve on fluffy white buns topped with cole slaw.

*Makes 12 sandwiches

Big Time BBQ Rub Ingredients

  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup turbinado sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Big Time BBQ Rub Instructions:

From Dr. BBQ’s Big Time Barbecue Cookbook” by Ray Lampe and published by St. Martin’s Press. This is a very good and basic BBQ Rub. It works well on any food for smoking or grilling.

Combine all ingredients, mix well, and store in an airtight container.

*Yields 1½ cups

Dr. BBQ’s Carolina Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 c vinegar
  • 2/3 cup catsup
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Dr. BBQ’s Carolina Barbecue Sauce Instructions

From The NFL Gameday Cookbook” by Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe and published by Chronicle Books.

In a small saucepan mix together the vinegar, catsup, sugar, salt, Worcestershire and pepper flakes. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes stirring to blend.

*Yields about 2 cups

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Contact us today to learn more at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

Are you filled with regret this Memorial Day weekend for not having an outdoor space that measures up?

Memorial Day Weekend in Dayton & Cincinnati OHMemorial Day is a time when we come together to honor our fallen heroes that perished in active military service. It is a time of pride and remembrance. In honor of the occasion, it is common for family and friends to also gather together for the annual “Memorial Day weekend” outdoor activities. To many, the weekend marks the beginning of the outdoor living season. Depending on your traditions, this may include outdoor recreational games, attending a parade, raising a flag, (she should remain at half-mast until noon, as per tradition).enjoying that inaugural dip in the pool, and barbecuing or preparing food outdoors and dining with the ones you hold dear. Among the most favored Memorial Day “cookout” selections include hamburgers & hot dogs, barbecued chicken, beef brisket and grilled seafood.

Deck and gazebo perfect for backyard parties

This outdoor living space is perfect for outdoor celebrations of any kind!

Much like the traditions of Memorial Day weekend that are practiced by most Americans, the backyard deck and/or patio plays a significant role in the festivities as well. Outdoor structures set the stage for outdoor food preparation and dining. They provide a place to relax and engage in conversation. They also provide space for extended entertaining opportunities, especially for large gatherings which you cannot accommodate within your home. Plus, no one wants to be “cooped” up indoors on Memorial Day weekend!  Having the proper outdoor structures in place can quite honestly, make or break the success of how much enjoyment you and your guests get out of your Memorial Day celebration.

If your current outdoor living space is leaving you filled with regret wishing you would’ve upgraded or set the wheels in motion to plan and build a space prior to this weekend’s arrival, all is not lost! There is still time to embark on improving your outdoor living environment prior to the next outdoor celebration you have planned, but now is the time to contact us to ensure you don’t let another opportunity for enjoying those special times with family and friends pass you by.

Imagine the backyard barbecue in a space like this one in Xenia, OH.

Imagine hosting a backyard barbecue in a space like this one in Xenia, OH.

Fiberon composite deck with vinyl pergolas and vinyl gazebo located in Greene county outside Xenia Ohio

Another look at how we created the ultimate outdoor environment for entertaining.

At Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio we specialize in designing and building outdoor living environments for the way you and your family want to live outdoors. From classic deck and patio designs, porches and screened porches for added protection and outdoor living spaces that combine varied elements.

Many of today’s up-to-the-moment outdoor living spaces include two or more components to further enhance outdoor living opportunities such as Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Graduation and other special occasions. These can range from deck and patio combinations, deck, patio and porch combinations, and even combinations that include pergolas, fire features and outdoor kitchens.

When we design your ideal backyard retreat we also pay attention to the small things that can add a tremendous amount of function, and beauty, to your outdoor living space. A spacious deck with integrated seating, for example, will allow space for more relaxation. While integrating outdoor lighting into your deck space will add ambiance and extended enjoyment for you and your guests long after the sun goes down. Taking it a step further, we readily design outdoor environments for homeowners throughout Dayton and Cincinnati which include both a deck and patio. Some additional amenities that enliven these combination spaces include outdoor fire features such as fireplaces and fire pits, and even outdoor kitchens! In cases where shade is a concern we often integrate a covered porch or pergola containing a shade enhancement such as a Shade FX canopy. The choices available in our design combinations are endless, and we carefully customize your outdoor living space combination to suit your needs and desires.

Don't let the season pass you by

Don’t let the outdoor living season pass you by!

Don’t let all the enjoyment of the outdoor living season leave you feeling “a day late and a dollar short.” We can custom design an outdoor living space for every taste, and budget. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

See more examples of our award-winning outdoor living spaces by visiting our extensive photo galleries located on our website.

What do potato chips and outdoor living structures have in common?

The ultimate backyard room

The ultimate backyard in Xenia, Ohio is also the ultimate outdoor living combination space.

There is no denying the appeal of what is now referred to as the outdoor living space combination. An outdoor living space combination marries the function, and aesthetic elements of two or more outdoor structures to make them function as one large space. You may also see these versatile spaces referred to as “outdoor rooms” as well throughout the media. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio has watched the popularity of this type of outdoor living environment soar to new heights over the past few years, as homeowners have evolved to transferring all the assets of interior casual living outdoors.

Gray Timbertech Deck and hardscape patio combo

Low-Maintenance TimberTech deck with stunning stone patio below.

potato chips

Outdoor living spaces are a lot like potato chips: it is difficult to stop at just one.

To try to grasp the concept itself, you only need to step into your home and consider the parts of your home you turn to for relaxing ( the living or family room, of course), entertaining ( the dining room, most likely) and other recreational activities you enjoy ( the living room or playroom.) Now simply, take those areas and think about moving that function outside, and marrying it to provide multiple functions and voilà… you have mastered the concept behind the appeal of the outdoor living combination space!

The only difficult part for homeowners is deciding which structures to marry to gain the most benefits for their individual needs. Quality designed and built outdoor structures are a lot like potato chips… it’s hard to stop with just one! With that in mind, here are some outdoor living combination ideas to consider:

  • The Deck & Patio Combination
This deck, patio and fire pit flow naturally as one outdoor room!

This deck, patio and fire pit flow naturally as one outdoor room!

Decks are the epitome of outdoor living spaces. They are as American as apple pie, and most homeowners begin their outdoor living combinations from the deck and branch out. Decks complement almost every outdoor living structure, from pergolas to patios, decks afford the accompaniment beautifully. Patios in particular, look and function the part when used in a deck and patio combination. This is due to the natural flow created when a deck gently descends into a patio. It opens up and extends your outdoor living space, along with enhancing it. There are more factors at work here than just the added space a deck and patio provide, much more. Decks are generally built from wood or a natural looking “wood toned” synthetic, whereas patios are built from natural stone or hardscape materials that emulate the look and feel of stone. Wood and stone are elements that flow well together. Even in nature, if you look closely you may catch the beauty of a babbling brook laden with stones and hardwoods weeping gently over the bank. Wood and stone just naturally look great when fused together in any setting!

Screen room with composite deck in Clear Creek Township, OH.

Screened room paired with composite deck in Clear Creek Township, OH.

  • The Deck & Porch or Patio & Porch Combination

Deciding on a deck and porch, or patio and porch outdoor living combination is for the homeowner that wants to “have their cake and eat it too.” Decks and patios offer open air outdoor living spaces that are easily complimented by retaining walls, pergolas, spas and even outdoor fire pits. The only drawback to an open air outdoor living space is that in some circumstances, the weather can influence its functionality. By combining an open (covered) porch with a patio or deck, you and your family will have a haven to retreat to when the weather becomes unfavorable, and a shady spot to enjoy on even the most humid of days. Porches can be designed to include a myriad of creature comforts such as ceiling fans, to add even more comfort.


This outdoor living combination includes a deck, patio and screened porch.

Taking This Concept a Step Farther…

Taking the cues from the deck and porch, or patio and porch combination, homeowners can also extend the protective benefits even farther with a screened porch. Screened porches offer shade and protection from inclement weather while also preventing insects and less dirt and pollen to enter the area. Screened porches can be designed to function similarly to an interior room including sound systems, fans, electrical outlets, outdoor fireplaces and even a spot to mount a television. These nuances open up a world of possibilities within an outdoor living combination.

  • For Your Consideration
Custom fabricated pergola on Spring Valley OH deck

The custom fabricated pergola adds valuable shade to this deck in Spring Valley, OH.

In addition to decks, patios and porches there are many more outdoor living structures that make the grade as part of a successful union. Among these is the pergola. Pergolas are the one structure that blends seamlessly with any outdoor setting. Pergolas can be used as a shade structure much like a covered porch, and can also be used solely as an aesthetic feature to add dimension and character to a space. Pergolas also make a beneficial privacy barrier alongside a spa deck aiding as a buffer from prying eyes.

Outdoor kitchens are also a tasty accompaniment to most any outdoor living space. They can be easily integrated into a deck or patio setting, poolside, or even within an attached or freestanding porch setting. Having the added capability to prepare food outdoors for gatherings, or even intimate dinners, as well as plenty of seating adds to the function of your outdoor space and opens the door to endless entertaining possibilities. Our outdoor kitchen designs often include ranges, refrigerators, warming drawers, and even the Big Green Egg smoker known to many as the ultimate cooking experience!  We can even include serving and food preparation areas providing more seating similar to that of an “eat in” interior kitchen with plenty of counter space to add bar stools for additional seating or to use as an outdoor bar area.

Patio and outdoor kitchen combination

Patio and outdoor kitchen combination.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you have a vision of your dream backyard and need help marrying the function and versatility you are looking for we can bring the backyard of your dreams to life! Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (513) 897–2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

”Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true”