Baby it’s cold outside, but your grill is coming alive.
If you’re like most backyard chefs, you enjoy grilling year-round. Here are some things to consider before you fire up this winter.
ConsumerReports.org recommends inspecting your grill’s burners, jets, and gas lines for blockages that restrict the gas flow. Be sure, too, that the flame burns blue not yellow; a yellow flame indicates clogged air inlets or burners that need adjusting.
Stay well lit and ice-free.
With shorter days and darker mealtimes, a well-lit cooking area will save you a lot of time and aggravation, not to mention keeping you safer, when grilling in colder temperatures. Brush snow and ice off your grill and side shelves. If necessary, shovel a safe path to your grill and salt icy walkways to avoid dangerous spills.
Keep more fuel on hand.
Naturally, food takes longer to cook in the winter. But did you know that on average, you’ll use ½ more of your regular fuel amount in colder temps compared to warmer ones? So be sure to have an extra propane tank or fresh dry charcoal on hand. Your outdoor cooking surface will also take longer to warm up, especially if it’s frozen, so allow for more cooking time in general (Source: CrownVerity.com).
Prep ahead of time.
A clean grill will always cook food faster and more evenly. With green cleaners like CitruSafe™ BBQ Grill Cleaner, you can clean your grate without using additional fuel. That’s because the grill cleaner is applied to a cool grill, so no wasteful “burn off” is necessary. Another way to prepare and avoid additional fuel waste is to purchase smaller cuts of meat that will take a shorter time to cook and get you back inside sooner.
Wind, wind go away.
When cooking outdoors, gusty winds are definitely your biggest enemy. Shield your grill from the elements by moving it closer to your house, but at least 10 feet away from combustible surfaces and siding. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by grilling in a well-ventilated area and never inside an enclosed patio, garage or beneath an overhang (Source: Consumer Reports.org). Moving your grill closer will also reduce the number of steps you need to take from your back door to your grill—definitely a bonus in frigid temps.
Winter grilling attire.
Be sure to tuck scarfs, tassels and hoodie strings into jackets before coming near a flame to avoid clothing from catching on fire. Though gloves are better than mittens when using grill tools, remember that snow gloves are not barbecue gloves and will melt fairly quickly near a hot grill. It’s best to wear heat-resistant gloves when cooking outside, especially ones that allow your fingers to move easily (Sources: Charbroil.com and Weber.com).
So brush off that snow and grill to your heart’s delight. Your friends at CitruSafe have your back this winter in keeping you and your family safe—and your food tasting delicious.
Here are some upcoming 2017 trade shows featuring our entire CitruSafe line of fast-acting green cleaning products:
Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Expo (HPBA)
George World Congress Center
National Hardware Show
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada