I'm going to show you 10 sure-fire tips to make grilling in the winter easier!Did you know that more than 60% of backyard chefs grill year-round? Are you resistant to grilling in the winter or in the rain? I'm also going share with you the best recipe for BBQ Chicken on the grill.
Food Tips for Grilling in the Rain, Snow or Cold Weather:
- Prep everything inside and bring it out on a tray so you are ready to go and spend less time outdoors.
- Select smaller cuts of meat and fast cooking vegetables. Smaller cuts take less time to thaw, season, and cook.
- Food may take a little longer to cook when it's cold outside so check your meat with a thermometer and make sure to allow for 5-10 minutes more in your cooking time.
Clothing Tips for Grilling in Inclement Weather:
You want to keep warm when you're grilling in the winter, but also safe, here are a few tips to help.
- Keep warm, but be careful of any dangling fabric that could catch fire like scarves. Get a fleece neckwarmer, it's made from heavyweight fleece and fits over any shirt and has no dangling parts to catch on fire.
- Snow gloves are not barbecue gloves. Make sure you have on heat-resistant gloves when operating your grill.
- Wear non-skid shoes so you won't fall in snow or rainy conditions.
The Best Accessories for Grilling in Fall and Winter:
In the Fall and Winter, we have to deal with the time change and that means grilling in the dark here are some great tools to help.
- If you don't have good outdoor lighting get a grill light that clips onto your grill and allows you to see your food. Check with the manufacturer of your grill or your local hardware/grilling store to make sure you get one that fits your particular grill
- Get a headlamp, these can be found in most outdoor or hardware stores. It sits on your head and free's up your hands. Headlamps will make going in and out of your house much safer.
- Get a large golf umbrella, this will usually cover you and your grill if it's raining or snowing. You can hold it with one hand and flip with the other.
- Invest in a good wireless digital thermometer. It allows you to put a probe in your meat and walk away. The accompanying remote clips to your belt so you can go back inside and stay warm. A beep will let you know when your meat is almost done.
The Best Barbecue Chicken Recipe:
I love to make homemade barbecue sauce but don't always have the time or ingredients on hand. In the winter sometimes it's about making things simple and quick so you are not outside for too long.
This easy best barbecue chicken recipe uses Kraft BBQ sauce and bourbon to kick it up a little.
Try my recipe below for bourbon barbecue chicken, I served it with a Dijon coleslaw and green beans.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium white onion diced
- 1-2 cloves diced garlic
- 1 18 oz. bottle Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce add more to taste
- Chicken of your choice - wings parts, thighs or a split whole chicken.
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
In a medium size saucepan saute the onion and garlic until it's softened about 3-5 minutes.
Pour in the entire bottle of Kraft Original Barbeque Sauce, bourbon and hot sauce.
Bring to a boil then turn down to simmer for 15 minutes.
Spray your grill surface with a non-stick cooking spray.
Heat your grill to medium low for charcoal or medium for gas grills.
Rub or drizzle your chicken on both sides with olive oil.
Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper on both sides.
Place the chicken on the grill and cook to an internal temp of 160 degrees..
Brush with sauce and leave on grill till the internal temp reaches 165 degrees.