Winter barbecuing is now more popular than ever.
Today, people want to enjoy this relaxing and fun way to cook all year round. Strong flavours are ideal for winter barbecuing. Check out our winter recipes for inspiration! But what kind of grill should you get? A kettle grill with lid is the best option. It can even be placed directly in the snow, just as long as it stands steady. Have plenty of charcoal or briquettes at hand. A chimney starter is handy for adding hot charcoal during cooking. For those hiking and skiing trips, small disposable grills are an excellent alternative, as long as there is some cover available. A gas grill on a decked patio is another great option, but remember that extreme cold can prevent the gas from flowing.
There are a couple of points to remember when having a barbecue in the winter. Gloves or mittens are an absolute must. Good gloves keep your fingers warm and provide a good grip on the tongs. Wait for the grill to heat up before you start, and bring the food to room temperature well before cooking. In particularly cold and windy weather, do not open the lid of the grill unnecessarily so as to keep the temperature even.
TOP TIPS FOR WINTER BARBECUING
- The same rules apply as in summer: bring the food to room
temperature and let it marinate for a sufficient time. Try to preserve distinct and ingredient-specific flavours. Prepare all ingredients before you start grilling.
- Place the grill in a sheltered area so that the wind cannot blow snow
on the fuel used for grilling.
- Use a chimney starter to light up the charcoal or briquettes.
- Cooking plates are excellent accessories for winter barbecuing, helping to keep
the heat distribution constant and even.
- After grilling, leave the grates and plates to cool in the snow for a while. This makes them easier to clean.
- Remember that using a grill is no different from using an open fire. All regulations covering the use of open fire must be adhered to in the winter time as well.
- Take care of your personal accessories. Wear proper barbecue gloves and sturdy and
warm shoes. Due to the fire hazard, avoid using long scarves.