It wasn’t all that long ago that we retired our grills in the fall, stowing them in a corner of the garage or shed until better weather.
Here are our 8 tips for winter grilling and BBQ.
- Position your grill in an area protected from the wind (wind reduces your grill’s efficiency) that is in a well-ventilated. Never grill in a garage, under a porch overhang, or other enclosed area. Not only is the potential for a fire, but the carbon monoxide can build up and be deadly.
- If grilling with gas, check the line for leaks. In cold weather, parts become brittle and easily break.
- Once you’ve started your gas grill or built your fire, replace the grill lid and preheat the grill for 20-30 minutes.
- Line charcoal grills with heavy duty aluminum foil, shiny side up, to help reflect heat. Poke holes through the foil where there are any vents.
- Have plenty of extra fuel. The colder temps will require more fuel than you normally use during the warmer months.
- Resist opening the lid to check on things. Heat escapes fast in the colder air.
- Allow extra time. Grilling and BBQ’ing in cold weather can take anywhere from 30% to 100%t longer.
- Remember, there is less light available during the winter months. If extra lighting is required a headlamp or clip on hat light can be very helpful.