Reminiscing back to that perfect summer day when the sun was shining, the birds were chirping and that pork butt was smoking on the grill? Of course you are my friend. This, however, is winter here in Southeast Michigan and snow covers the ground. Your grill is either in a garage, tarp covered or snow-plowed under in your driveway. But, don’t get frustrated. We all crave bbq in these winter months and if you are a little adventurous and willing to spend a little time in the cold, you too can enjoy the benefits of Winter Grilling.
Step one: Dress warm – This means layers. Waffle type long-underwear, sweat shirts, gloves, a hat and a thick coat. This will make the experience more enjoyable.
Step two: Sweep off the snow – Give your grill a good dusting. Also, remove the snow and ice from the surrounding area for a safe non-slip surface. Don’t want to drop the meat after all this effort.
Step three: Pre-heat the Grill – It will take nearly 15 minutes in this cold to get your grill up to around 500ºF.
Step four: Choose quick grilling meats – These are the thinner cuts of meat; pork chops, steaks, fish fillets etc. Trying to cook a 10lbs pork butt on charcoal in 10ºF weather is a brave task to take on, so stick to smaller cuts of meat in this weather.
Step five: Be sure you know some basic grilling times – Because every single time you open the grill it will take that much longer to re-heat up to temp and make your time in the cold that much longer.
These quick tips can make the Winter Grilling experience a tad bit more enjoyable. Realizing we are only half way through this blustery Michigan weather only makes the anticipation of summer grilling more desirable.
The true Backyard Grill Masters will weather the storm and find that perfect cut of meat to toss on that snow covered behemoth you’ve aptly named the “Meat Dragon”. They will smother that carcass in a wonderful sauce and serve it to drooling guests constantly peering through the frost glazed windows of your heated kitchen. The sides will be completed in the oven, and that’s okay, cause the effort put into the entrée will be well received.
Here are a few Winter Grill Recipes for the “Meat Dragon”:
Whichever recipe you choose, be sure to follow the easy grilling steps above and keep looking forward to spring. Enjoy your meal and stay warm.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em and don’t forget your bib.