Baby It’s Cold Outside – Time to Grill !!

Winter Grilling 

If you really love grilled or barbecued food then going the whole winter season without it is not the ideal situation.  Well, why not fire up your grill and treat yourself and your family to the wonderful flavor that only grilled food provides? Grilling in the winter is not all that different if you keep a few things in mind.

 The first thing to do is dress warmly.  Try layering your clothing. Layering will help you keep warm as well as letting you move freely to attend to the grill. Warm socks and shoes or better yet boots will keep the feet warm.  Add gloves, ones without fingers if possible, and you are ready to fire up your grill.

 Once your grill is hot you might want to check to make sure that there are no bits of food left over from your last grill session!  Brush with a stiff wire grill bush if necessary. I like the Grill-Daddy cleaning tool. It works great!

 Cold weather calls for slightly different approaches to grilling.  First, any grill will take longer to reach cooking temperature, and it will be harder to keep hot.  Your charcoal grill won’t heat as well, and it will probably require a longer cooking time for the food.  If you are using a gas grill make sure the fuel bottle is full since the cold will lower the pressure in the bottle.  Also remember that the gas grill will not provide the same flavor and aroma as the charcoal grill so you may want to add a pouch of your favorite wood chips that have been soaked in water. Which ever type grill you use try to keep the lid closed as much as possible in order to keep the grilling temperature at the right level.

 The primary thing is to be patient. Heat levels and cooking times are likely to be vary from what you are used to, so you can make sure that your food is cooked to the correct level by use of an instant read thermometer. Simple foods and recipes are your best bet for a great winter grilling experience.

 One warning: do not use or store your grill in your garage. This is extremely dangerous.

 So go fire up your grill and prepare you and yours a tasty winter feast!

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