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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Spring Showers

Barbecuing is a cultural phenomenon that some people partake in year-round. Unfortunately, it’s the season for sporadic rainfall but after all, Spring showers bring May flowers.

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Don’t let a little rain prevent you from enjoying a delicious meal prepared right off your Cal Flame BBQ. Of course, it probably won’t be smart to take the task of BBQing in heavy torrential rainfall, however light spring rain should be no problem.

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Protect yourself and your BBQ. Try using a large umbrella or a patio to keep yourself and your unit dry. Remember to allow enough free-flowing air to rid of any excesses smoke and carbon monoxide. The last thing you’ll want to do is get lightheaded while cooking over a flame. Also, pay attention to the winds that accompany rainfall, if you have a lighter grill make sure to use weights to keep your unit from toppling over.

Cooking times. If you don’t have an umbrella with you, and prefer to stay warm and comfortable inside, you must remember to constantly check on your meats! Rain is often accompanied by cooler temperatures, which means it’ll take longer for your barbecue to heat up and longer for your meats to cook. Give yourself a little extra time to prepare your meals on a rainy day.

Don’t leave the grill unattended. Beside winds and heavy rainfall, it’s easy to forget you have meats cooking outside on a barbecue. Don’t let your perfect steak burn and ruin your  entire day! Constantly check-up on your grill and food to make sure everything is going smoothly. Don’t forget to use a meat thermometer to check for readiness.

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Are you looking for the perfect BBQ unit to grill on this Spring? Visit Cal Flame BBQ to find the barbecue that was created with you in mind. You can also visit any of our nationwide dealers’ showrooms to see one of these bad boys in the flesh.

Don’t let the spring showers get you down, you can still grill in the rain with Cal Flame BBQ.