5 Tips To Keep Grilling Outside When It’s Cold

5 Tips To Keep Grilling Outside When It’s Cold
5 Tips To Keep Grilling Outside When It’s Cold

When you live somewhere like the Midwest, where it gets unbearably cold in the winter, grilling outside becomes much less attractive. However, we know that many of you enjoy grilling so much that you’re willing to bear the brunt of winter’s chill to get the grill going. We applaud the effort and dedication, but we want to make the experience as painless as possible, too. Here are five tips to keep grilling outside when it’s cold that you should keep in mind before putting your boots on.

Always Consider Your Safety

Winter’s bite is nothing to joke about. When the weather gets terrible, you have to take your own safety seriously. You may think you won’t need a coat to run out and check on the grill, but it’s better not to risk your health for convenience. Ice is also a major concern when grilling outdoors. It’s a good idea to shovel and clear your pathway to your grill before you even start so that you know you won’t slip and hurt yourself.

Have Extra Fuel Available

Another tip for continuing to grill outside when it’s cold is to realize that you will most definitely need more fuel than you’re used to using. Whether you use a gas or charcoal grill, your fuel needs will be higher, as you’ll have to compensate for the cold air around the grill. This is especially important for charcoal grills because they can lose lots of heat very quickly.

Prepare Far in Advance

You want to reduce the amount of time you need to spend outside as much as you can. Proper preparation inside your house before you head out is essential for this. Make sure you have everything you need before you take your first step outside. You don’t want to go out into the cold only to realize you forgot something you needed. Avoid trekking back in and out of the house to grab things by preparing thoroughly.

Don’t Let the Heat Out

This is a useful backyard grilling tip no matter what season you’re in, but it’s especially true in the colder months. Stop lifting the grill’s hood over and over again to check on the food! Every time you open the hood, you let out a good amount of heat that needs to stay in there. Obviously, this is even worse when it’s cold out since you expose your food to colder air, potentially shocking it and changing the cooking time.

Give Yourself More Time

The cold won’t go easy on you just because you’re trying to cook. Whatever is on the grill might take longer than you’re used to because your grill needs to fight against the cold. However much time you think you may need to cook, you’ll probably need to multiply that by 1.5 just to make sure everything finishes.

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