Tips for Grilling in Cold Weather

If you love to grill, you likely grill year-round or in any climate. Follow these tips as you prepare to tackle grilling in the cold weather.


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Shovel out.

Make sure you have a safe path back and forth to your grill. There’s nothing worse than grilling a juicy steak and then dropping it in the snow on your way back to the house.

Clean the snow off.

This may seem obvious, but the snow will melt and extinguish your fire. So, clean your grill off first.

Check your parts.

Before using a gas grill this winter check the hoses for any cracks.

Have extra fuel.

Any grill you use, whether it’s gas or charcoal, will have to work a little harder to maintain heat in winter weather. Use a good quality charcoal with low moisture level. Or, make sure that you have a spare tank of propane.

Keep away from wind.

Wind can force your grill to work much harder to a keep a consistent temperature. Try to place your grill in an area that is shielded from the wind.

Light it up.

It gets dark earlier during winter months. Invest in a grill light, outdoor patio lantern or other light source.

Plan ahead.

Have absolutely everything you need from brushes to sauces and trays ready. You don't want to be searching for anything in the cold.

Make it simple.

Use recipes that call for minimal flipping. Standing out in the cold is no fun.

Take more time.

Food takes longer to cook in the winter, and grills can take more time to warm up. Be sure to give yourself extra time for dinner.

Keep the lid closed.

As much as you want to check on your meal, keep the lid closed. You’ll cut down on additional heat loss that happens in the cold.

Clean up fast.

Frozen food debris can be much harder to clean off the grill. Keep a bowl of warm cloths handy for easy clean up.
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