There are plenty of outdoor activities we have to give up during the winter, but charcoal grilling doesn’t have to be one of them. Being able to enjoy the warmth of the grill instead of sweating over a stove top is just one of the reasons charcoal grilling in the winter is so amazing, but there are a few tips you should know about if you want your winter grilling experience to be successful.
Charcoal is obviously the most important part of charcoal grilling, but during the winter, it’s a good idea to have a little bit extra on hand. Although the cold weather won’t impact your ability to start a fire, it will impact the way your grill retains heat. One tip we suggest to first-time winter grillers is that they make a mental note of how much charcoal they need to achieve their desired temperature, so that they know how much to keep on hand. Charcoal can also be harder to come by during the winter, so it’s a good idea to stock up during the months leading up to the season!
Prepare Your Grilling Space
Following this tip is the first step towards an enjoyable and successful winter charcoal grilling experience. It’s important to dress properly for the task at hand, so make sure to dress warmly and consider wearing fireproof grilling gloves instead of your regular winter gloves, as they could be flammable. It’s also a good idea to salt around your grilling station and along the path to your home because the last thing you want is to slip and spill your delicious barbecued meal.
Cook Don’t Touch
If you want your winter charcoal grilling experience to yield delicious results, follow this tip and only open the lid on your grill when you absolutely have to. As soon as you open the lid on your charcoal grill, you’ll lose a significant amount of the heat you worked so hard to achieve because of how cold it is outside. A digital thermometer is a great way to avoid opening the lid, which means you can sit back with your favourite warm drink and let your grill do all the work.
Winter Charcoal Grilling Safety Tips
Most of us are familiar with charcoal grilling safety, but during the winter, there are a few more safety tips to be aware of.
- Dress warmly, so you don’t sniffle, cough, and sneeze all over your food.
- Keep salt and a shovel near your grill. Melting snow or a spilled drink can quickly turn to ice and become a serious safety hazard. Your salt and shovel can’t help you if they’re all the way in the garage.
- It’s important to dress for the weather, but a lot of winter outerwear isn’t necessarily safe to wear around a grill. Try to avoid outerwear like scarves, as they dangle, and jackets with pieces of hanging material.
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