Grilling Tips For The Cold Weather Months
If you think cooking on your propane gas grill is a summer-only activity, think again: with a little prep and planning, you can enjoy the delicious taste of a home-grilled meal any time of the year.
How To Grill In The Fall And Winter
Want to try a little cold weather grilling in the months ahead? Follow these tips:
- Clear the cooking area – Clear off any cooking or food prep areas, and be sure to keep a path to your grill free of snow and ice.
- Inspect your grill – Hoses and connectors can crack and freeze in the cold; keep an eye on them.
- Ventilate – Never grill indoors or in a covered area, where carbon monoxide can build to dangerous levels. Keep grills at least 10 feet from an open window.
- Wear appropriate clothing – Stay warm, but try to avoid wearing baggy clothes and jackets, which could catch fire.
- Always preheat – A propane grill will need a little more time to get going when temperatures drop. Preheat the grill to about 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then drop the temperature as needed.
- Block as much wind as possible – Make sure the wind doesn’t blow out the flame.
- Keep recipes simple – Use familiar recipes that require little close monitoring.
- Cover your grill – Keep the heat inside your grill to minimize cooking time.
- Be patient – Food takes longer to cook in cold weather, and grills take longer to reach optimum cooking temperatures. Add some time to your planning!
- Keep more propane on-hand – Your grill will work hard to stay warm, which means it will burn more fuel. Keep extra propane cylinders on hand to make sure you don’t run out when grilling a delicious meal!
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