By Grilling Jeff, December 2016
Brrrrr… It’s getting awfully chilly out there with five inches of snow, and another blizzard coming before the weekend. My neighbours and I are now out shovelling driveways to clear out after each blizzard.
As we were digging outside our houses yesterday, I shouted out to my neighbour Paul Clarke from three houses away, “Remember to clean up your grill!” It was Paul’s second winter in our neighbourhood, and I’d seen him make the third trip to the jug of Bourbon in his kitchen. I saw him as he flew inside his front door for the third time, and determined to lift our moods together. So I introduced to Paul our neighbourhood tradition of winter grilling.
Wintertime may mean no more grilling for many, and Paul was one of them so he ended up staring at me quizzically for a good few seconds. “Is this about the grilling book you gave me for Christmas last year?” Paul asked. I’d given Paul Grilling with the House of Q – a classy Christmas gift – for Christmas last year, and he’d really appreciated it. I know because I saw it near his grill – pages all dog-eared and looking well used. He didn’t pass on this gift to anyone, so I gathered he must’ve liked it a lot.
“I know many friends who grill in the winters, and I have some useful tips,” I said. Grilling is a year-round event, and many of my friends are as passionate as I am for winter grilling. I shared my top five tips for successful winter grilling with Paul Clarke as below. So get ready to bundle up and fire up with variety of barbecue chicken and steak recipes from House of Q with some simple tips.Paul and I prepared a hearty Thursday night meal of delicious melt-in-your-mouth barbecue chicken burgers with some of the gluten free barbecue sauces and rubs from House of Q.
7 Winter Grilling Tips
- Layer up in your best cold-weather clothing. Your grill may be warm, but your hands, feet, ears, and face will thank you later for this. And always avoid loose clothing items like scarfs, shawls and tassels that could possibly come in contact with the grill during use.
- Clear a path to your grill and remove all snow and ice before igniting —the grill will take longer to reach accurate cooking temperatures inside, and the snow around will just add to this problem. You’ll also need ample room around the grill to move freely and give your grill enough time to pre-heat. Below freezing temperatures, the pre-heating process could take up to twice the time, and so plan accordingly.
- If you love charcoal, prepare with extra briquettes in cold weather. Grilling time WILL be extended and you need some extra fuel to reach the right temperature, so add briquettes when necessary. Gas grillers have it a little easier – just be patient even if it’s taking a little longer in cold weather.
- Remember to position the grill perpendicular (90 degrees) to the wind. This will help control the temperature inside the grill even through blowy winds and freezing temperatures.
Winter temperatures aside, always use a meat thermometer to make sure you food is grilled well and to perfection.
- Never grill inside your garage or under an extension, even in snow, rain, sleet or wind. Grill safely and make sure your grill is at least ten feet away from all combustible materials in a well ventilated area.
- You’ll need to keep the lid closed. When grilling below freezing temperatures, cooking times are longer, and the more you open the lid the longer your food will take.
Christmas Gift – A Cookbook
Help Your Best Friend or Significant Other To Grill Like A Champion!
So go and get that grill out of hibernation and brighten your weeknight winter dinner with some great recipes from this classy cookbook – Grilling with the House of Q. Priced at $24.95, it makes a great Christmas gift for family and friends. And neighbours who need some Christmas cheer too.
About Grilling Jeff
Our family of Jeff, Wendy, Payton and Dryden is fictitious in nature even though we’ve met people who are really like them. They’ve bought House of Q products at home shows, and never looked back. Jeff’s always been passionate about all things barbecue, and loves to host parties. He buys local and insists on a choice of high quality meat. Wendy and Jeff use House of Q sauces and rubs on pretty much everything – chicken, beef, pork, ribs and grill-able vegetables – to make it sometimes spicy and sometimes sweet. It all depends on the mood. Their kids are very happy with Jeff’s grilling; Jeff will be sharing many recipes with you, so you can come on out and grill like a champion in your own backyard in the barbecue season.