Take your grill out of hibernation and brighten your winter-dinner lineup with these grilled dishes. Living's editorial director of Food and Entertaining, Jennifer Aaronson, shares her go-to recipes and some cold-weather grilling advice.
Yes, you can still grill in the winter
Yes, you can still grill in winter
Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks
Jennifer recommends using a gas grill, which requires less prep, when grilling in cold weather and moving it closer to the house for shorter trips out in the cold. (For safety, place the grill no closer than 10 feet from your house.) And she says these rib-eye steaks make a flavorful but quick-to-prepare weeknight dinner.
"To combat the cold, allow extra time for your grill to warm up," says Jennifer who lives in an often-snowy river town north of New York City and grills throughout the winter. Then, you're ready to cook this beautiful butterflied leg of lamb.
Spice-Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Spicy Cucumber Salsa
"In order to properly cook larger pieces of fish or meat on a grill during the colder weather months, be sure to open the grill lid as little as possible so the heat doesn't escape." Jennifer advises. When grilling this spice-rubbed salmon, follow the timing cues in the recipe and resist opening the lid in between turning or flipping.
Earlier sunsets mean you're likely to be grilling in the dark, so have a flashlight handy to illuminate your food. Another recipe from Jennifer's winter grilling rotation is this grilled flank steak: "It's delicious for dinner, and the leftovers are great in sandwiches the next day."
For a change from roasting, grill a whole chicken -- spatchcocking or butterflying is key to cooking it evenly. It takes about 50 minutes to grill a spatchcocked chicken. Luckily you don't need to stay outside minding it, Jennifer says: "Put the cover on the grill over the chicken, set a timer inside, and come back to turn it once you've warmed up."