If you’re feeling guilty that you haven’t winterized your grill yet, you can stop. Winter is a great time to grill. If the grill is still calling your name, we have gathered our best tips to help you get started. Plus you will get major props for courageously braving the wilderness and going where so few have gone.
- Prep all the food inside so that you don’t have to spend as much time outside.
- Dress warmly, but avoid scarves, tassels or other clothing that could easily catch fire.
- Winter days are short, so make sure you have an extra lighting source. Headlamps work great for outdoor grilling.
- Position the grill in a way to shield it from the wind. Make sure you have a ten-foot clearance away from buildings and grill in a well-ventilated area.
- Line charcoal grills with heavy-duty aluminum foil to help retain and reflect the heat. Make sure you put holes in the foil for the vents in the bottom.
- Check the temperature of the meat with a thermometer because colder weather can cause items to cook more slowly.
- Smaller cuts of meat are better options for outdoor grilling because of the longer cook times.
- Grill with the lid on to keep as much of the heat in as possible.
If you like this idea but still hate the cold, come check out the patio heaters that we have to offer at Friedman’s. This additional heat source keeps you warm while you grill and might even encourage some others to join you outside. We want you to enjoy your outdoor kitchen all year long!