While the colder weather has started to kick in, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy a BBQ with your friends and family. The weekends still often have clear, sunny days (particularly on the Gold Coast) that will keep you warm, so you don’t have to wait for summer to come around again to use your BBQ.
Having a barbecue is a great way to reconnect with those in your life; and to make the best use of your outdoor space that might go unused during winter.
So don’t let those winter blues set in, here are some of our handy tips for having the perfect winter BBQ!
Mouth-watering dishes at your BBQ
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t serve traditional BBQ foods. You can try for a variety of tasty dishes at your party, maybe opting for warm, BBQ vegetables instead of cold salads.
Some great meat suggestions include grilled chicken in a chilli marinade, grilled lamb mixed with roasted garlic and rosemary, and grilled corn mixed with butter. Yum!
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous you could even consider mixing together some cocktails, such as margaritas or sangria, and maybe even some mulled wine if the weather gets very chilly.
It might be a good idea to try and stick to recipes that are fairly simple, or that can be prepared mostly inside, as you might not want to spend too much time out in the cool weather, particularly if you have a warm fireplace inside.
It isn’t just about what you serve thought, there are also a few practical matters that need to be considered when you’re having a BBQ during the winter season:
Firstly, it is important to make sure that the gas tanks are full, as propane and natural gas don’t perform as well in the colder weather. Don’t leave it to the last minute to check how much you have left in the tank, as you may be making a very hasty trip to have it refilled.
It might seem obvious, but you should keep in mind that it will take longer for the BBQ to heat up in colder weather. The grill will be much colder as a result of the weather, so give it a few more minutes to heat up than you usually would when cooking.
Another helpful tip is to keep the lid of the BBQ closed while cooking, as the cold air will affect how the food cooks. This is particularly important with meats, as you want to make sure that they are properly cooked to reduce the risk of any sort of food poisoning.
No matter what the season, you can use your outdoor space for a BBQ. Consider using outdoor heaters to keep the space at a comfortable temperature for your guests, and the BBQ will also help keep things toasty.
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