Spring is here, which means grilling season is in full swing.
However, just because the sun is out doesn’t mean that you won’t run into a rain shower or two.
Don’t let a little precipitation ruin your grilling plans!
With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to grill no matter the weather.
1. Choose the right grill.
If you don’t already have one, invest in a quality grill that will stand up to the elements. Look for a grill with a built-in cover or an additional cover that can be purchased separately.
2. Keep your grill clean.
A clean grill will not only last longer, but it will also reduce the risk of rusting. Be sure to scrape off any food residue after each use and give it a deep clean at least once a month.
3. Create a makeshift windbreak.
If you’re grilling in an open area, create a windbreak by positioning your grill up against a fence or wall. You can also use umbrellas or tarps to shield your grill from the wind and rain.
4. Preheat your grill thoroughly.
This will help prevent your food from sticking and make cleanup much easier later on.
5. Cook smaller items first.
Start with items that cook quickly such as hot dogs, hamburgers, or kebabs before moving on to larger cuts of meat that require more time on the grill.
6. Be patient!
It might take longer for your food to cook in the rain, but resist the urge to crank up the heat. Not only will this dry out your food, but it could also cause dangerous flare-ups.
7. Use indirect heat whenever possible.
If direct heat isn’t an option, cook your food indirectly by placing coals on one side of the grill and placing your food on the other side. This method will take longer, but it will help prevent soggy or burnt food.
8. Keep an eye on weather conditions.
If it starts raining heavily or thunderstorms are in the forecast, it’s best to pack up your grill and head inside. Grilling in severe weather conditions is not only dangerous, but it can also damage your grill.
9. Most importantly, have fun!
Grilling is supposed to be enjoyable so don’t stress if things don’t go perfectly according to plan. At the end of the day, you’ll still have delicious food to enjoy with family and friends.
So there you have it—a few tips and tricks for grilling in rainy weather conditions! Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you have to cancel your cookout plans—you can still enjoy all of your favorite grilled foods no matter what Mother Nature throws at you!