Propane Keeps You Grilling Through All Four Seasons
Winter is the least favorite season for many foodies and grill masters who rely on their favorite propane grill to cook throughout spring, summer, and fall. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With your propane powered grill and a little more prep work, you can put some grill marks on a t-bone and roast some veggies on the side even during a (light) snowstorm.
Clear away any snow and ice from the grill and the area where you will stand and cook. Keep a shovel near the door if it’s really coming down. You don’t want to slip and drop that juicy pork chop on the way to your grill. Experts also recommend that you place your propane grill at a 90 degree angle to the wind to prevent the temp inside the grill from fluctuating or try to keep it at least sheltered from gusts and extremely cold air. Make sure the grill is not too close to the house or any combustible materials, but try to keep it near a light source. It gets dark earlier in winter and it’s important to be able to see what you’re cooking. In fact, buying a grill light might be a good idea — they’re inexpensive and pretty rugged.
Be sure to keep yourself warm. Wear your winter coat, but make sure the cuffs have elastic bands to keep them away from the flames. Scarves are not necessary while grilling as they may blow into the flame and catch fire. Wear tighter fitting gloves or fingerless gloves if necessary. Overall, make sure your safety is your number one priority.
If the temps are really low, preheating may take longer. So don’t expect to be able to throw your food on the grill quickly or soon after you light it. Give your grill plenty of time to reach the temperature you need. Once your food is placed on the grill, close the lid and keep it closed. This is important because each time you open it, the temp will drop and it will take longer to ramp back up. Like seasoned grillers always say, “If you’re lookin’, you ain’t cookin’.”
Check food temperatures with a meat thermometer to ensure that it is done on the inside. You can also invest in a digital thermometer that syncs to your smartphone so you can see the temperature from inside. This is handy not only during the cold months — you can use it all year long.
Cooking in the cold may take a little longer than you’re used to, but it will be worth it to have that glorious, grilled flavor to enjoy inside while it’s cold and snowy outside. In fact, why not grill a little extra to have another day? Keep that summer-grilled flavor going for as long as you can.