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In winter it is too cold for a barbecue? No way! You just have to prepare your barbecue properly and dress appropriately, then the winter barbecue works wonderfully.

Barbecue in winter

A good steak from the grill tastes in every season. This is known not only to a few or hard-boiled grill masters, but also to the many hobby barbecues, which at the beginning of autumn already long for the next barbecue in the spring. But why wait so long? Even in winter, the grill can be turned on without any problems, and the winter temperatures in recent years have often reminded one of spring anyway. After all, Christmas prevailed 16 degrees in some places two years ago. But can the grill be used in winter like any other season? Or do barbecue friends have to pay attention? This article clarifies.

Winterize the barbecue

Most barbecue friends anyway make sure that the grill is protected over the winter. Often the grill is once carefully cleaned, dried and finally wrapped in a tarpaulin. However, if it is also to be used in winter, the location is particularly important.

The lawn, on which the good piece may be more common in summer, is often not really usable in the winter months. Especially useful would be a location on the terrace or at another covered place. Important for the protective utensils is the following:

❍ Handling:

The grill should be packed again between each barbecue session. Here are grill hoods that are specifically designed for this grill model, good. Alternatively go stable plastic tarpaulins that are tightly wrapped with a rope around the grill. They can be loosened and removed quickly.

❍ Cleanliness:

Of course, it depends on the type of grill. Gas grills can be cleaned fairly quickly and are ready for use in winter. If you want to barbecue with charcoal in the winter, you have to take care. Since the grill must be stored and covered again after use, pay particular attention to the carbon container. It must be emptied before the tarpaulin comes over the grill.

❍ connections:

The connections from the gas grill must be specially controlled in winter. The gas hose is rather unruly at cold temperatures and can not be fastened well. Here it helps to warm it up before connecting it indoors. Incidentally, all connecting parts in winter should remain exclusively during use on the grill. This also applies to gas cylinders or gas cartridges.

❍ Gas:

The gas grill should be operated in winter with propane and not butane gas. Propane liquefies only from just minus 50 degrees, while butane gas becomes liquid around the freezing point.

Generally, the barbecue area should be covered in winter. The weather is often just too unstable to simply throw at the barbecue. But beware: The site may only be covered. Closed terraces or the garage are not suitable for barbecues, even if the door remains open. For charcoal barbecues life-threatening carbon dioxide is produced here.

What should you wear?

Clothes winter barbecue

Although the temperatures on the grill are always warm, Grillmeister should dress warmly. It must not be forgotten that the heat comes mostly from the front, so that the back often cools down. Who, especially in wind, wearing only a thin sweater, cooled with warranty. Otherwise applies:

❍ Tight-fitting clothes:

The clothes should be as tight as possible. Ordinary jeans, pullovers and a jacket are enough. However, care should be taken that no drawstrings swaying around. You could get caught in the grill and catch fire.

❍ No scarves:

Scarves have nothing to do with the grill - not even in winter. Even around the neck, they dissolve too fast and can catch fire.

❍ firm jacket:

Down jackets or polyester winter jackets are not near the grill. Especially with charcoal, sparks can fly and set the jackets on fire. And even if it does not come to a fire: burn holes from the sparkle ruin any jacket.

Which grill food is suitable for winter barbecue?

Grillgut Wintergrillen

What finally comes on the grill, of course, decides the own taste. However, barbecue friends in the winter have to give a little more effort, because the fast walk to the meat counter of the local supermarket brings no already spiced and marinated results. The grilled meat must be seasoned and prepared in winter itself. Otherwise, all this on the grill, which in the summer on the grid would cook. Only with vegetables can - and should - barbecue friends rely on seasonal varieties. Pumpkin, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts or even leek taste grilled wonderful. The problem is only when the food is cooked:

❍ meat:

Meat should be prepared in the winter just in the amount that it is eaten directly. Between individual courses or until the look it takes a bit something. To prevent the cold wind from freezing the steak, it is served in bread rolls or sandwiches.

❍ vegetables:

Again, do not cook too much at once. However, barbecue friends can help a little here by using isolated trays for eggplants, onions and more. Casserole dishes, earthenware or insulated bowls keep the vegetables warm.

❍ soups:

A great way to keep warm while grilling is with soups. Of course they can be cooked on the grill right away.

Incidentally, charcoal grills should get the coal and lighters already in the summer, because in winter they are often only online to buy. In addition, in cold temperatures often more lighters are needed, as it takes longer, until the coal is grill ready.

Conclusion: Bon appetit!

There is no wrong season for grilling. In winter, barbecue friends can also swing the pliers, as in summer - only the external circumstances change. However, the grill must be made suitable for the winter and grills with lids prove in principle to be more useful. If you have the equipment, then you can start already. Grillmeister must do without one thing only: beer. As good as it tastes in the summer for grilled meat, so little want to hold the cool blonde in the hands of the winter garden party. Of course, a good punch or mulled wine can be prepared - stylish on the grill.

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