It’s a common frustration. You’ve forked out good money to get a really decent new grill only to find that your barbecuing exploits are curtailed by the coming of colder and darker weather. Yet, while we always tend to associate barbecues with the bright and sunny months, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t fire up the grill on the other side of September. Even if you live in a state or country that’s prone to the cold.
In fact, it’s not only perfectly permissible to have a BBQ in winter. It’s actually advantageous in a number of ways! Don’t believe me? Read on…
The benefits of a winter barbecue
Winter barbecues benefit you and your guests in a number of ways. First of all (and perhaps most importantly) they give you and your friends and family an excuse to get together. In cold and dark weather we can all tend to retreat inwards and lead more insular lives, conversing more with our Alexa devices than our friends and family. A little social time via barbecues and parties can give everyone a nice bump in mental health allowing them to laugh a little more and smile a little easier. You never know who in your social circle might be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Plus, the moisture in the air in the colder months can actually make the food you cook on the grill more succulent and reduce the risk of it drying out. Finally, if you have just bought a new cooker- find out more here if you’re considering one- you can get more out of your investment using it all year round.
Keep it simple… without being boring
In the winter months your guests will be craving comfort foods, so make sure you have plenty of familiar favorites on the grill. Load up on burgers, sausages, fish, steaks and chopped veggie kabobs as well as the usual complement of salads. Keep it simple, but have enough variety on the grill to prevent people from getting bored.
Don’t forget the veggie / vegan options
There’s nothing more soul destroying for non-meat eaters than arriving at a friend’s barbecue and realizing that your day will be spent munching on lettuce leaves in dry bread buns. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to cater for vegans without ruining the simplicity of your spread. There are lots of vegan burgers and sausages on the market thanks to the efforts of companies like Beyond Meat. Or, if you’re catering to wholefoods vegetarians and vegans who prefer not to eat meat substitute, some barbecued corn cobs, endives or eggplant slices all make great additions to the grill.
Heat those drinks
Your guests are gonna want a drink to wash their fare down with. But in the cold weather make sure they have something delicious and warming with which to chase down their burgers. Hot apple cider, boozy coffees, hot toddies or simple mugs of cocoa all make for a great winter gathering.
Why wait for the summer to roll around to get together in the garden over good food?
***This is a contributed post. While Amber didn’t write it, she approves it for you all 🙂