5 Tips for Winter Grilling
Summer, winter, rain or snow.
A grilled steak hits the spot no matter what the season. Sure, side dishes come and go with each flip of the calendar. But, a premium steak with those perfect grill marks?
We know what you’re thinking. “Winter is coming, the tongs and spatula are headed towards hibernation. No more grilling.”
But you can. And you should.
Of course, there are some things to keep in mind as you keep the coals (or the propane) hot year-round.
Here are 5 tips for fall-and-winterizing your grill game:
- Set the stage. Rain, snow, and ice can be tricky to deal with. You don’t want any slippery situations to take you out. Consider using a grill umbrella if conditions aren’t too harsh. Make sure to shovel a safe path to your grill ahead of time if there is snow. Steer clear of parking the grill under any snowy branches. Heat rises. Snow falls.
- Think ahead. When cooking outdoors in colder temps, keep in mind that it will take longer. It is best to have more fuel on hand, be it gas or charcoal, so you’ll be set for that extra cook time. Save those quick trips to the store for when you run out of hot chocolate after you’ve enjoyed your steak!
- Accessorize with care. Sure, we get it. What’s the point of doing something if you can’t look good doing it? Make sure those gloves aren’t just warm but also heat-resistant. Avoid scarves and anything with ties, tassels, or fringe that may unexpectedly land you in the (burning) hot seat. You’ll want to save those embellishments for your ugly Christmas sweater anyway.
- Patience is a virtue. Ugh. No one likes waiting. But keep that lid closed and don’t flip the steak too often! Too many peeks at the filet simply delays the deliciousness and too many flips toughens the steak. And, when you can’t possibly wait any longer, use a meat thermometer to ensure the perfect degree of doneness. Worth the wait. Every time. We promise.
- Queue the cookware. Now that you’ve taken your time on this perfectly grilled cut, let’s make sure it arrives to its destination tasting just as delicious as when you pulled it from the grill. Using covered ceramic or heated cast-iron cookware to transport your steaks from the outdoors to your cozy kitchen will keep them insulated from the frigid temps until you dig in.
Follow these tips for grilling steak and you’re all set to savor the taste of that Summer grilling year-round. Now, excuse us while we grab our parkas and go get things fired up!