How to Grill in the Winter Months
Grilling tips: successfully grill in cooler temps
- Pre-cook chicken and other meats in the microwave for one minute, stir and then cook another minute. It actually expedites the cooking process while conserving propane and decreasing your time spent outdoors. Make cuts smaller because it decreases cook times as well.
- Stop Peeking! -Use a timer and lift the lid as little as possible. Opening the lid to check on food extends cooking time as the grill loses heat quickly.
- Avoid using the side burner because of heat loss during the cooking process. It will take longer to reach the boiling point or to cook your food.
- Use a grill with a high BTU rating for maximum heat output.
- Make sure that you have heat resistant gloves and do not use anything flammable near the grill.
Our neighbor once gave me great grilling advice when I lived in Mississippi. I really had no idea how to leverage the grill properly. It’s not a simple process, it takes more prep time than I had originally thought and the grill demands respect.
He gave me two awesome tips, first, “Propane grills can be harder to light in the cold”, he told me. To make it easier, he said: “Don’t turn the handwheel on your propane tank all the way on.” He insisted, “try turning it just a single turn before lighting.” Secondly, he taught me how to season my grill by preheating the grill to about 300°F, turn it off and liberally apply vegetable oil with a brush or spray bottle. Close the grill and allow it to sit for around 20 minutes. Take a warm damp cloth and wipe the cooking surface clean. This process has nothing to do with the seasoning of the food, but it has everything to do with protecting your grates!