When spring and summer are in full swing, you will find me on most evenings outside grilling up some tasty grub. There is just something wonderful about food prepared on the grill, whether it is beef, pork, chicken, fish and even vegetables.
Winter is generally a grilling buzzkill with cold weather, snowfall and arctic winds keeping people away from the grill. The grill gets put away in the garage until spring thaw, but there are die-hards out there who like to grill even during the cold months of winter.
If you want to grill during winter, then there are several points you need to be aware of.
1. Keep the grill out of the weather when not in use. It can be difficult to open the grill with 10 inches of snow on it and the door frozen shut. The grill should be kept indoors, because even if you are able to start a fire, then going from ice cold to super hot is not good for the grill, whether it is charcoal or gas.
2. Examine your gas lines. If you had a gas grill, then cold weather can cause the lines to crack, and gas can leak out or condensation inside the tubes can freeze. This can happen while the grill is being used if the tank is far enough away from the flames.
3. If theres bad weather, then dont bother. For safety purposes, grills should never be in an enclosed space, so grilling must be done outside. If the wind is strong or it is very cold, then dont bother getting the grill out. High winds can cause the grill to topple over and start a fire. Super cold weather can lead to frostbite for the cook and make it difficult to cook the meat. Your safety is more important than a juicy steak.
4. Charcoal should be kept in a warm, dry place. If you are a purist like me, then that gas has never heated any of your grilling meat. Bags of charcoal should be stored inside the home to keep condensation from forming inside the bag. Once the charcoal gets wet, it can be almost impossible to get it to light, especially when the wind is whipping and the snow is blowing.
Grilling in winter can be an adventure, but well worth it for the grilling-obsessed. If it gets too cold, then take heart in knowing that spring is only a few months away.