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How to Grill in the Winter

How to Grill in the Winter

As the winter chill sets in, many grill enthusiasts pack away their barbecues and wait for warmer days. However, grilling in the winter can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience if you're prepared and willing to embrace the cold. For #Masterbuilt, it means that you just need to add a little more fuel to the grill. We'll walk you through the essential tips and techniques for grilling in the winter, so you can savor smoky flavors and mouthwatering dishes, no matter the weather.

Location, location, location!

To prevent accidents, ensure that your grill is positioned in a well-ventilated area at least 10 feet away from structures and flammable materials. Do not use the grill in covered areas, including garages or covered porches, or on combustible surfaces. If it's windy put the grill where it is sheltered from gusts, if possible.

Safety first!

Winter grilling comes with its unique safety concerns. Follow these safety tips to ensure your winter grilling experience is incident-free:

  1. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  2. Avoid wearing bulky clothing or dangling scarves that could catch fire.
  3. Be cautious when handling hot utensils or grill grates in cold conditions. It's always a good idea to invest in high quality and long utensils to avoid danger.
  4. Maintain a clear path to the grill to prevent falls.
  5. Remember it gets dark early in the winter. Make sure you have a way to light your grill area.
  6. Winter gloves are not grill gloves!

Give yourself time!

In cold weather, it's essential to preheat your grill longer than you would in warmer seasons. This helps ensure even cooking and prevents sticking. Plan for an extra 10-15 minutes of preheating time.

Pro Tips

  • Have extra fuel ready.
  • Give yourself extra time for set up and cooking, you may need it.
  • Use a grill thermometer to monitor cooking temperatures.
  • Keep the grill lid closed as much as possible to maintain heat.

Make sure you have the right gloves!

A person wearing heavy grey leather grill gloves uses both hands to remove a tray of roasted vegetables out from under 3 whole chickens roasting on a rotisserie

Make sure you have grill gloves when handling a grill, food gloves for food, and winter gloves when you are not touching anything hot!

Protect your investment

A covered vertical smoker sitting on an open patio. A needle cypress tree and wooden privacy fence are in the background.

Get the most out of your grill by protecting it from the elements. Make sure you keep it covered!

Keep fuel nearby

Two bags of Masterbuilt Lump Charcoal lean against a corrugated metal wall

Grilling in the winter can take extra time. Make sure you have fuel by you!

Embrace the cold

Winter grilling is a rewarding experience for those who embrace the cold. With the right equipment, and safety precautions, you can savor the joy of outdoor cooking even in chilly weather. So, fire up your grill, don your winter gear, and enjoy the flavors of winter grilling at its finest.