Ask the Kamloops Appliances Experts: 5 Tips for Grilling in Winter

Ask the Kamloops Appliances Experts: 5 Tips for Grilling in Winter
By following a few simple steps from our Kamloops appliances experts, you’ll be able to enjoy hassle-free grilling year-round, even in winter.

In places like Kamloops, Kelowna and Vernon, we accept that it can snow pretty much anytime between October and April. But we don’t let that stop us from doing the things we love to do, and that includes outdoor grilling on our Kamloops appliances.

After all, a nice, juicy ribeye tastes just as good in December as it does in the middle of summer. You just have to show a little more fortitude and adapt your technique a bit. Here are some tips that’ll help you master the time-honoured tradition of outdoor grilling in winter.


1. Prepare Yourself

Before you brave subzero temperatures to fire up your grill (gas or charcoal), make sure you’re dressed appropriately. You’re going to be standing out in the elements, so you might as well make yourself as comfortable by bundling up in:

  • Parka
  • Toque
  • Winter boots

2. Prepare Your Grilling Area

If you don’t own an outdoor kitchen, or you don’t have a covered pathway to your grill, make sure you clear a path. The last thing you want to do is stumble in knee-deep snow while you’re carrying a platter of freshly cooked burgers into the house.

To learn more about the benefits of outdoor kitchens, check out our post: Kelowna Appliances for Your Outdoor Kitchen Party.


3. Plan Ahead

In winter weather, preheating times take longer than normal, sometimes up to twice as long. The same goes for cooking times, so if you’re planning dinner for a certain time, start earlier. Our Kamloops appliances specialists also recommend:

  • Ensuring you have a sufficient fuel supply (gas or charcoal)
  • Grilling with the lid closed to preserve heat
  • Turning your grill 90 degrees to the wind to prevent temperature drops

It’s also a good idea to coordinate with the person inside who’s preparing other dishes using the appliances Kamloops residents rely on for their home cooking. This will make sure your cheesy garlic bread and garlic mashed potatoes are ready at just the right time.


4. Knowing When Your Food Is Done

It gets dark early in winter. If you have ample outdoor lighting, you might not have a problem checking your baby back ribs for doneness. If you don’t, it can be a bit of a crapshoot. Therefore, it's always a good idea to use a meat thermometer to make sure you food is grilled to perfection. This holds especially true for thicker cuts of meat like a baseball sirloin or pork tenderloin.


5. Keep Your Grill Covered

In the interest of adding longevity to your grill, and for making it easier to get it ready, our Kamloops appliances experts suggest covering your grill when it’s not in use. Then, all you have to do is brush off the snow with a broom or shovel, and away you go.


Are you looking to upgrade to the top Kamloops appliances in your home? Come and talk to the friendly, non-commissioned staff at Genier’s in Vernon. We have a live showroom featuring the best selection in the Interior.


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