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8 Tips for Grilling Outdoors All Winter

Renee Valdes
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If you get fired up for grilling outdoors all winter long, you’re not alone. A greater number of grilling enthusiasts are going all out for four-season grilling, including in winter.

Some will do anything for the aroma and tasty flavors of grilled or smoked food.  

They’re ready to brave the cold, wind and snow to stay warm by the grill.

To help you grill to perfection all winter, we took a survey of the top grill and charcoal makers for their best tips. Read on to see what they say.

8 Tips For successful Grilling Outdoors All Winter long

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1. Create a clear path to the grill. If you’re grilling in icy weather or snow, shovel a clear path to your grill. That way you won’t slip or slide on your way in and out. Use an ice melt product if needed, such as Safe Paw, which is non-toxic and safe to use around children, pets and plants.

Another idea: Consider moving your grill closer to the door, so long as it doesn’t pose a fire hazard.


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2. Allow extra time. Whether you’re cooking on the smoker or a charcoal or gas grill, you’ll want to allow extra time to ensure your grill gets properly preheated. Grilling times may also vary so adjust accordingly.  


3. Keep extra supplies handy. Because preheating and grilling times can take longer in colder temperatures, be prepared with extra grilling briquets, propane or pellets so you don’t run out of grilling fuel.


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4. No peeking. As we all know, it’s all about grill temperature when cooking on the grill. Each time you take a peek and lift the lid, the temperature will drop when grilling in winter.

For pellet grills, as long as your grill is hitting the proper temperatures, there will be no difference in cook times. However, in winter weather, you’ll want to keep that lid closed. 


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5. Monitor closely. Because you can’t peek inside the grill as often as you might like, monitor your meal with a grill thermometer

Try the easy-to-use Weber iGrill thermometer, available at several price points. It syncs with your smartphone and tells you when your food reaches the proper temperature. 

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6. Take cover. Protect your grill and invest in a grill cover. Keeping your grill covered will extend its life and protect it from the elements.  


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7. Keep it clean. After each use, wipe down your grill with a grill cleaner and sponge. Don’t forget to rinse your grill brush after use and replace it when it looks melted or warped to prevent foreign material from landing in your food.

If your grill needs a deeper clean, use this guide on how to clean your grill properly and safely. It covers all types of grills.


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8. Avoid loose clothing. While you’re bundled up staying warm, be sure to avoid any loose clothing, such as long scarves, tassels or other clothing items that could come in contact with the grill.

It’s best to stay safe and tuck scarves inside your jacket or vest or remove your gloves before opening the lid.

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