Grilling in Winter

El Nino has complicated things a little bit for us barbecue lovers. Heavy rainfall, heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures and a little wind can be troubling when trying to enjoy a barbecue cookout that is OUTSIDE. But, there are some things you can do to try to enjoy some grilling in winter. IMG_1545

The Globe and Mail have written up a little guide of things you can do to make your outdoor party a little more enjoyable this winter, amidst all of the craziness El Nino has brought us:

Here are some dos and don’ts for how to get started with hosting your own outdoor party this winter:

Do keep it simple.

For winter cooking outdoors, Rose suggests meals that lend themselves to slow cooking, like barbecue. “The longer, the slower, the better,” he says. Whether you’re using your grill, an outdoor oven or an open fire, he suggests dishes like roasted pork butt or brisket and adding wood chips to enhance flavour. “If you start early in the morning, then there’s little work to do when guests arrive,” Rose says. Add simple vegetable sides like roasted potatoes, mushrooms and cauliflower – ideally also cooked over the fire – and you’ve got an impressive and satisfying meal.

Don’t complicate beverages.

Dark spirits are made for winter drinking by the fire, both inside and out. Just one bottle of highquality whisky and a few glasses are all you need. It’s warmth in a bottle – and it’s also one of the easiest ways to serve drinks. Ron Swanson would approve.

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What Kind of Barbecuer Are You? Find Out during National Barbecue Month in May

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The unofficial start to summer, May is also National Barbecue Month. Before you head outside to fire up the ‘cue, we’re encouraging individuals to answer the question “What Kind of Barbecuer Are You?” with an online quiz that matches you to your barbecue personality.

After answering questions about your barbecue habits – from “What do you look for in a barbecue?” to “What do you consider barbecuing success?” to “How adventurous do you like to get with your barbecue menu?” – your true barbecue identity will be revealed.

For example, are you a Master Barbecuer? Or, maybe you’re a Barbecue Tenderfoot?

Whatever your proficiency, the “What Kind of Barbeucer Are You?” quiz is designed to help you take your barbecuing expertise to the next level by providing recommendations on barbecue tools, products, technologies, accessories and techniques to help you reach your full barbecuing potential.

And, perhaps most fun, individuals who take the quiz and share their personalities on Facebook and Twitter have an opportunity to win barbecue-related prizes throughout the month including accessories, sauces, cookbooks and more!

This summer, look beyond what’s already in your backyard. Find out what kind of barbecuer you are and take the first steps to being on your way to achieving your vision of barbecuing greatness.

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