The winter season has arrived, and many people have put their grills in storage. But that doesn’t have to be the case! A winter barbecue can be just as beautiful as it is during the summer! We’ll tell you how!
Winter barbecues – a cold affair?
With a few little tips and ideas, barbecuing in winter becomes a great experience!
1. Wear warm clothes.
So that you do not freeze, it is very important that you wear the right clothing. However, you should remember that splashes of fat or sparks can come flying. In addition, scarves with fringes or bobbles are not ideal clothing choices because they can catch fire quickly.
2. Bring flashlights or a lantern.
It gets dark very quickly during the winter, so you should provide good lighting via flashlights or other light. A campfire is also a good idea. It even warms you up in snow and cold temperatures.
3. Drink hot drinks and soups to keep warm.
If you’re still cold, you can keep warm with hot drinks and soups. Mulled wine and homemade punches are especially delicious. I can only advise against ice cream for your winter barbecue party for obvious reasons!
4. Defreeze your grill.
Before you can start grilling, you must remove snow and ice from the grill. Otherwise, the grill can cool down too quickly. Due to the low temperatures in winter, the food needs much longer to grill than in summer. You should take this into account when planning and preparing your barbecue.
5. Check the gas.
With gas grills, make sure you use the correct gas. We all use propane/ butane gas as fuel for our gas barbecue as standard. In principle it’s fine, but in winter butane gas fights with a boiling point of 31.1 degrees Fahrenheit. The disadvantage is that the gas liquefies and is therefore no longer usable. With propane gas, the boiling point is -43.6 degrees Fahrenheit so it’s better suited for winter use. Nothing stands in the way of enjoying your barbecue, and you can operate a gas grill without any problems.
6. Consider an electric grill.
An electric grill is suitable for all those who do not want to grill outside in the cold. You can operate them wherever electricity is available. It doesn’t need a long preheating time like a coal grill for example. In addition, there is no smoke that could annoy the neighbors.
The best recipes for a winter barbecue
You have the next barbecue party in winter coming up and you don’t know which tasty recipes are best for it? We’ll give you a few ideas on how you and your guests can spoil yourself with culinary delights and have fun at the same time!
7. Stick with the classics: steaks and sausages.
Of course, a good piece of meat or steak should not be missing when grilling in winter. For the perfect steak, it is particularly important that you place it on a really hot grill. It can also be the case with charcoal grills that they need even longer to glow through than in summer. If you have a lid for your grill, it is advisable to place it on top of the grill to store the heat. When serving it is helpful to put on preheated plates so that the meat does not cool down immediately.
8. Don’t forget your side dishes!
Classic winter vegetables such as pumpkin, butternut squash or potatoes are particularly suitable as a side dish for grilling. But also tasty fruit like stuffed baked apples from the grill makes a delicious dessert. There are no limits to your ideas.
For some delicious stuffed baked apples, check out one of our favorite easy recipes below. Enjoy!
Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples
- 8 apples (fuji works great)
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 tbsp butter (chilled and cut into cubes)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare the crumble topping while oven preheats.
- In medium bowl, mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in butter with a flat-faced knife (or two forks) until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
- Peel and chop 4 of the apples. Add chopped apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to medium sauce pan and sauté on medium heat (about 8-10 minutes) or until apples are tender. Remove from heat.
- Remove the tops off of remaining 4 apples and use spoon to core the insides. Discard the cores or save for another recipe. Scoop just enough to make a "bowl" for the remaining ingredients.
- Fill hollowed apples with filling from the sauce pan. Top with a hearty amount of crumble topping.
- Put stuffed apples onto baking sheet and bake (about 10-15 minutes) or until crumble topping is crispy. Serve warm (optional: top with ice cream and caramel sauce) and enjoy!
9. Consider pulled pork for a twist on the classics.
Pulled Pork is a great suggestion for those who are tired of standing next to the barbecue all the time. It takes a little longer on the grill than a piece of meat, but you don’t always have to stand next to it and turn it around. All you have to do is keep an eye on the cooking temperature.
10. Finish with a good drink.
Completing your grill party with a delicious liqueur and a non-alcoholic punch for the children is especially nice. Winter liqueurs such as baked apple liqueur or cinnamon liqueur are particularly good.
Are you still preparing your grill for hibernation after this article? Winter grilling can be so beautiful! Try it out!