As men, we all love to have barbecues. We see them as very much our domain, and we like to bond over a mutual appreciation of grilling. Now, a lot of us are seasonal burners, and we like to make the most of the nice weather. However, there are some out there who enjoy BBQing all year round. I fall into that category, and you might as well.
It is entirely possible to enjoy a lovely barbecue experience even if you’re doing it in the winter or fall. It’s just a matter of coming up with techniques and strategies to help you. So I’m going to give you a few of my manly tips that will help you to BBQ off-season.
Wear Warm Clothes – It’s essential to make sure you’re wearing warm clothes. If you’re barbecuing in the colder months, you need to wrap up warm. Sure, the barbecue itself might be warm. But you need to bear in mind you’re going to be doing a lot of standing around. So you’re liable to catch a cold and become uncomfortable. You need to combat this with something warm like a fisherman sweater and possibly some gloves too. If you can keep warm while you’re grilling, you’ll be more comfortable, and you’ll do a better job.
Have a Windbreak – One of the biggest issues, when you try to BBQ in the fall or winter, is going to be the cold wind. This can play havoc with the flames on your barbecue. If you have a grill, then you may not need to worry about this. But the icy wind can still put a dampener on things. So my advice would be to come up with some sort of windbreak device. If you have a windbreak shelter or screen already then this would be perfect to go with. Failing that you can always improvise. But for the sake of comfort, warmth, and easy cooking you need to make sure you have some sort of windbreak.
Plenty of Fuel – Whenever you BBQ, you always need to remember the importance of having enough fuel. There’s nothing worse than running out of juice midway through a grilling session. In the off-season, you’ll need to make extra sure you have more fuel. Because the weather is much harsher, you’re likely to go through fuel a lot quicker. If you have a grill, you have to make sure you have plenty of gas to run it. If you’re going with a classic barbecue, I would recommend having plenty of charcoal, lighter fluid, and matches on standby. If you have problems keeping the barbecue lit, you’ll need to add plenty of fuel. So this is an important area of the process.
Get Some Awesome Recipes – Of course, as well as the practical side of things you also need some awesome recipes. You’re going to have the classic BBQ staples, like sausages, burgers, and chicken. But why not think about going for some ribs or cooking up a brisket too. Perfectly grilled steak is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to off-season barbecuing. You want hot, tasty, hearty food that will keep you warm and satisfied. So make sure you have some awesome BBQ recipes up your sleeve.
As you can probably guess, I’ve done my fair share of off-season barbecuing. I have used both a regular BBQ, as well as a grill. So make sure you follow my guide, and you’ll be able to enjoy the brilliance of barbecuing all year round.