Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t eat something delightful! Even in inclement weather, you can still use your Kamado Grill to smoke, grill, or bake delicious foods! In some ways, it actually will work better than your traditional grill because the Kamado is designed to be used with the lid down, and it is generally better at maintaining temperature.
Still, here are some tips for grilling in the winter.
1. Plan ahead
Due to the temperature outside, it may take your grill a little bit longer to heat up and get to the correct temperature. So make sure that you plan ahead of time, and check it frequently to make sure that it is maintaining temperatures.
2. Prep inside
This is kind of a no-brainer, but make sure that you prep everything beforehand to minimize your time outside. With regular grills, you’d want to use smaller cuts of meat because they will cook faster, but with a Kamado, this isn’t really necessary.
3. Dress appropriately
Again, this is pretty obvious, but make sure that you aren’t wearing any scarves or anything that could catch on fire while grilling. Also, make sure that you’re still wearing heat-protective gloves—winter gloves are not insulated enough against heat to protect an accidental burn!
4. Use a meat thermometer
Honestly, you should probably be using a meat thermometer no matter when you are grilling, but if you aren’t the kind to bother with that during the summer, make sure that you use one in the winter as it may or may not take a different amount of time for your food to cook. There are some which are wireless that are extremely convenient.
5. Get a grill light
As the cold weather sets in, the days get shorter, which means you’re going to need a light to see to grill by. While you could invest in a lap or something, I actually recommend a headlamp as it’s hands-free and plenty bright for placing, flipping, and removing tasty food.
6. Use an umbrella
If it’s snowing or raining, you’ll probably want a large golf umbrella handy to shield your grill from the weather. It isn’t likely to put out the coals, but you still don’t want it inside your grill.
Do you have any tips for grilling in the winter? Share with me in the comments below!! Happy grilling, everyone!