It’s really not necessary to do away with your grill just because it’s winter. If you are willing to brave the elements, there there’s really no reason not to continue grilling outdoors all through the year, unless of course it is raining, in which case you might need to go inside, unless you have a covered area you can grill under.
Whatever the occasion, whether it is having family over to celebrate any special occasion, or having your colleagues over from work who work with you at the same law firm. Or maybe you have friends over to celebrate the new job you just got.
Having said that, we have a few winter tips to keep you grilling all through the winter months.
Be sure to have a grill that is of the best quality. First of all remember that the grill gets very hot whenever you grill, so you need something that can withstand that heat. Secondly, although using coal can often give your food a unique taste, grilling with gas which has cast iron is perhaps a much better option for a number of reasons; one gas is much quicker than coal, it Is cleaner, possibly cheaper, and though this might be subjective, but some people swear that gas grilled food tastes better than coal grilled food.
Make sure you are ready to spend more time while cooking during winter months. The position of your grill will often play a factor in how long it takes you to get the job done. Positioning your grill at a 90-degree angle to the wind will likely give you a much better temperature control. But if this is not possible, then this is where you are going to have to be really patient. Just know that your reward will be with you soon in the form of some extra delicious food that you and your family and or friends will enjoy.
Be sure to remove any snow that is on or around the surface of the grill before you start grilling. In the first place your grill should not even be left outside when not in use. Letting any snow that may be on the surface melt away before you begin cooking will only likely increase your cook time because it will take longer to get to the right temperature. Additionally, it will likely make the surface likely to begin to rust if you let ice stay on it for long periods. Remember that ice is water and water on metal surfaces can cause rust.
Grills can often be much harder to start during the winter months. If you are using gas, be sure not to turn the propane to its max, but rather allow it “sip” out slowly
Make sure that the gas lines are clear and not kinked to allow for an unobstructed gas flow. So be sure to check the gas lines, jets and burners for any leakages or blockages before you even begin cooking. At the end of the day you are still dealing with gas, a substance which needs to be handled with extreme care.
Be extremely certain that there is nothing combustible that is anywhere near your gas grill. This includes any clothing you may be wearing. Also, ensure that you are warmly dressed to be
outdoors. I’m sure you’ve heard about people often falling sick whenever they are exposed to different or alternate temperatures, e.g. hot and cold weather.
We have previously implied this next point, but once you are done grilling, be sure to properly cover your grill and ensure that it is properly cleaned cover up and protected until it is ready to be used again.
But if for whatever reason grilling outdoors proves to be an impossibility, then I guess you will have to grill indoors, but make sure you are using an indoor grilling machine such as George Foreman, as you can definitely not use a gas grilling machine indoors.
Finally, grilling during the winter is not too different from during the summer, except for the cold weather. The main thing is to make sure you have a great time in the process and make sure you enjoy the food