BBQs Aren’t Just For Summer: How To BBQ Anytime Of Year

by admin on September 18, 2013 · 4 comments

Barbecuing can be more than just a summertime activity. If you’re in the mood to fire up the grill but the weather isn’t exactly warm, these practical tips will help you prepare a meal your whole family will love.

It's easy to prepare quality barbecue meals without having to use an outdoor grill.

It’s easy to prepare quality barbecue meals without having to use an outdoor grill.









Use Cardboard

If you’re grilling in the rain, a cardboard box can help protect your grill and your food so you can enjoy your meal. Break a cardboard box down until it is one flat piece. Make sure the box is at least the size of your grill lid. Place the box atop the grill; the rain will hit the top of the box but won’t affect the grill. You’ll see a little steam coming up from the grill, and you won’t have to worry about your food getting soggy as it’s cooking.

Purchase an Outdoor Heater

When you and your family have a craving for barbecue during the fall and winter months, invest in an outdoor space heater. Set the heater up on your deck or patio so you’ll be comfortably warm as you grill. Of course, a heavy coat, knit hat and earmuffs are also fitting if it’s very cold out. To make your meal seasonal, try marinating your barbecued meats with herbs like thyme or tarragon, as these thrive well in the winter.

Use Liquid Smoke

To get authentic barbecue flavor while grilling indoors, add liquid smoke to your meats before cooking. This definitely comes in handy if you live in an apartment where outdoor grilling is not allowed or when the weather is too inclement to fire up the grill outside.

Liquid smoke gives your entrees a charbroiled flavor that mimics the taste you get when the meat has been cooked over hot coals. Marinate your meat with a mixture of olive oil, melted butter, a splash of red or white wine, the fresh herbs of your choice and liquid smoke before putting your meal on a stovetop grill. To add even more flavor to your entree and further tenderize the meat, brush on your favorite barbecue sauce or vinegar-based dressing as the meat is cooking.

If you’re going for a healthy steamed meal with a light grill flavor, use the marinade above for your fish or vegetables before wrapping the food in an aluminum foil packet. Leave a small opening at the top for steam to escape, and dress the food with lemon or lime juice before serving.

Liquid smoke helps you achieve authentic barbecue flavor, even without a traditional grill.

Liquid smoke helps you achieve authentic barbecue flavor, even without a traditional grill.








Use Plastic or Wood Utensils

When you’re grilling indoors, avoid using metal utensils. Most stovetop grills have a non-stick coating, and metal can scrape the coating off. If the coating gets into your food it could be harmful to your health. In fact, the Dr. Mercola website asserts that non-stick chemicals like PFOA and PFIB could be carcinogenic.

Wood or plastic utensils that can withstand high heat are best for indoor grilling. It’s also best to wipe your grill clean with a damp cloth instead of soaking it in water to keep the non-stick coating intact.

With just a little imagination and creativity you can enjoy the fun of barbequing all year long. Be willing to try things a little differently and make some adjustments – you might find that wintertime barbeques are more interesting than those you have in the summer!

Tamiya King is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including health, beauty, fashion, marketing, cooking, and online reputation. Her passions include writing articles that get shared online.

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