Winter Barbecuing Tips

14 December 2015
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Most people assume that hosting a barbecue in the winter is a horrible idea, because it's cold outside. However, barbecuing is a great way to cook meat any time of the year. You don't have to eat outside just because you're cooking outside—however, eating outside can be fun if you have a source of heat, such as a bonfire or heat lamps. Check out these winter barbecuing tips if you don't want to wait until summer rolls around to host a barbecue for your family and friends.

Outside Lighting

When you're hosting a winter barbecue, lighting is extremely important. After all, it gets dark outside early in the winter. If you're planning to cook outside and eat inside, you only need to illuminate the area surrounding your grill. However, if you are hosting an outdoor barbecue, you'll need to make sure all of the outside areas that will be used by your guests are well lit. To illuminate your yard or patio:

  • Hang strands of Christmas lights.
  • Fill every available surface with clear vases, and place a lit candle in each vase.
  • Use outdoor candle lanterns, oil lanterns, or tiki torches as additional sources of light.

Food and Drinks

You don't want to serve light dishes, such as salads, at a winter barbecue. Your guests expect a hot, hearty meal and warm beverages. In addition to the meat of your choice, serve side dishes such as grilled corn with butter and baked potatoes. You could also call a catering company that specializes in BBQ catering to order comfort-food dishes, such as mac-n-cheese and green bean casserole. There are several alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that will help keep your guests toasty during your winter barbecue, including:

  • Hot tea
  • Coffee
  • Hot chocolate
  • Warm cider
  • Warm rum punch
  • Hot Toddies
  • Irish coffee
  • Hot buttered rum

Choose a Good Date

You can't plan a winter barbecue too far in advance, because you need to know what the weather will be like on the date you choose. Try to avoid windy weather and any type of precipitation. Not only will moderate weather conditions make it easier to cook outdoors, it will be easier to keep a bonfire going so that your guests stay warm.

Hosting a winter barbecue for your family and friends is easy and fun. Just make sure your outside area has ample lighting, you choose a day with moderate weather, and you serve food and drinks that keep your guests warm. Remember, if you don't want to do all of the cooking on your own, you can always hire a catering company that specializes in BBQ catering {go online to read more}.