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Somehow the topic came up in the office about winter bar-b-q'ing, and I was getting some weird looks when I mentioned I grill way more in the winter than I do in the summer. My idea of a great winter weekend is do a little snowshoe or walk in the morning, grill up some nice steaks or pork chops in mid-afternoon (before it gets dark at 4pm), and then work it off in the wood-fired hot tub for a couple of hours - watching the milky way do its stuff. Add a full moon or meteor shower, and it's all golden.

After I mentioned that time last winter when I was out grilling in -31C temps, the looks started to lean toward 'asylum escapee'. They didn't seem to believe me when I said it's only the wind that's the problem! :laugh:  :laugh:   :laugh:


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Makes sense, stand over the grill and youll not only stay warm but youll come home smelling delicious!
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I grilled the other night in 50 knot winds and it was @ 18 degrees f .  got 8" of snow on my grill right now and am going to grill tomorrow.  Well maybe Friday.  It is going down to well below zero and blowing like hell.  But why not?

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Ah, I admire your token winter weekend, an outdoors man's ideal!

Seems a curious notion held in esteem by many a backpacker, this winter grilling. Common to our species I guess. I do this too. I can't help myself. I favor a hot bed of coals often on a star-sprinkled winter's eve, tenderly rotating my pork chop, whilst admiring the simple poetry of putting meat to flame, and declaring that it is good. There is something about the rising smoke that contents me, especially so in the dead of winter. About meat sizzling amid the snow banks, and the memories procured there. Perhaps it reminds me of campfires past, or maybe it's just cause I like meat. Come to think of it, yeah, it's probably a little bit of both.

Very well then, I lift my cup of cocoa in quiet salute to the year-round BBQer. (There are more of you than I thought) A hardy lot, patrons to the pit, where the metal meets the meat., and the smoke also rises.

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I threw some ribs on the smoker Christmas day (and threw a towel over it to keep the temperature up)
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BBQ is a way of cooking.  Grilling is totally different.  We do both all year.  Never a bad time to fire up the grill.

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I used to do a lot more winter grilling in my charcoal days.  My propane grill is stubbornly non-functional at temperatures where I wish it would work.
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Refill your tank...geez

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Funny, I used wood/coal for my main fire this past weekend (20 degrees) and hung my dutch oven over the main fire , (3 bean,burger bake with biscuits) and used a cast iron Lodge grill with charcoal for 1'' ribeyes & chicken breasts beside it in the same pit,  my girl, dog~ loved it..... Grilling, during the winter here in the north is a blessing if known how.
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You just reminded me, one of my tanks is still empty from running the heater after the hurricane.

Hey, does grilling on a Whisperlite in the garage count?
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You just reminded me, one of my tanks is still empty from running the heater after the hurricane.

Hey, does grilling on a Whisperlite in the garage count?

My propane burner and griddle have teamed up for many a fine steak.

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I've never understood the concept that my grill should be stored for the winter.  If anything, the cool afternoons make for even better weather for slow smoking a rack of ribs or some salmon than a humid summer day ever could.

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I'm a year round out door cook also.

Nothing like a charcoal grill, a nice dry aged rib eye, and some 18 year scotch  to make a person appreciate life.


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I grill all year as well.  As long as there's not too much snow on the ground for me to get to the thing and or not be out of charcoal/gas, I'm good.

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A grilled steak tastes good no matter what season of the year.

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Another year round griller here - it's not like you have to sit outside and watch your food - my Weber gas grill is right on the balcony off the spare bedroom and I use it regularly throughout the winter.

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Damn....I'm jealous.  There's not even anywhere to reasonably place a grill where I live (row-house apartments...ugh), otherwise I'd be right there with everyone!!  Thankfully one of my 2013 goals is to move!!

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Whenever I found myself in that situation, I've owned...a portable gas, electric or charcoal grill.  Heck, go use a state park grill.

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It was -4F last night when I put the steaks on the grill.  Not fun, but worth it.

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Damn....I'm jealous.  There's not even anywhere to reasonably place a grill where I live (row-house apartments...ugh), otherwise I'd be right there with everyone!!  Thankfully one of my 2013 goals is to move!!

Whenever I found myself in that situation, I've owned...a portable gas, electric or charcoal grill.  Heck, go use a state park grill.

Nothing stops a griller.

That reminds me of an old college buddy.  He used to slide a Hibachi under the back end of his VW to warm up the engine before trying to start it in sub-zero weather.
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As an apartment dweller myself, I've found that a little picnic griller works just fine in the fire place.
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As an apartment dweller myself, I've found that a little picnic griller works just fine in the fire place.

Oh heck if you have a fireplace, then it's "hearth cooking"  all the way.  Dutch ovens, etc... Yumm

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Year round here, of course in Houston we have no real winter.  Competition cooks are getting into high gear about now.

On this note, if anyone is in the Houston area on the weekend of Jan 25-27, we're cooking at our local BBQ cookoff, free food and beer to anyone who shows up.


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i need to rethink.  I'm a year-round non-griller because we have no summer.  But clearly if you can grill in -4 temps, you can grill in 50 deg. and foggy.  Though I can't sit inside and let it do it's thing--it would be downstairs and through the garage and out to the yard. . . oh, heck, and you have to be into eating hunks of meat (well, no--I actually kinda want a grill if only just for the veggies).

Does it count that last May for Second Son's birthday party I dug a firepit in the back yard and we roasted hot dogs?  On sticks.


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It just occurred to me that a few of the younger folks might not recognize that I'm talking about mid-60's Beetle, with a rear, air-cooled engine.
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It just occurred to me that a few of the younger folks might not recognize that I'm talking about mid-60's Beetle, with a rear, air-cooled engine.

Brings back memories. In the 60's  BF in High School had a VW with a bad battery. He'd open the hood (in the rear) and wrap a rope around the pulley and give it a yank. It started just like a lawnmower.

It was something he bought from JC Whitney.


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It was 78 degrees here the last two days. We made BBQ chicken on the grill the night before last.

A big perk to living in Florida.... grilling all year long :)


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My grill is on the deck.  
When the snow is deep I use my shovel.  
When the weather is cold I wear down.
Charcoal works year round regardless of the weather.
Nothing stops me.


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Depends if they were real hot dogs or some vegan attempt at a hot dog  :;):

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