It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be enjoying the outdoors. One of the most relaxing outdoor activities is firing up the grill and cooking up some mouth-watering, food-coma inducing food. Of course that normally happens in the spring, summer, and fall because you’re able to be outside when the weather’s a bit milder. However, a true grill enthusiast will even bear the brunt of the colder weather to enjoy cooking on the grill.
Many people may write off cooking on the grill off as nothing special, or when they hear you’re grilling simply think of hot dogs and hamburgers. It’s always disappointing to hear others only think of that when they hear those words because there is so much more to cooking on a grill. Personally, we enjoy cooking on a charcoal grill because of the flexibility and type of options it provides for cooking and flavoring your food. You can use all kinds of woods, such as White Cedar, Golden Birch, Wild Apple, and many more for flavoring all kinds of seafood and meat. Each one has its own distinctive flavor which adds a unique flair to the food you’re preparing.
Caring For Your Grill
Regardless of what kind of grill you do decide to cook on, be sure you have a protective grill cover for when it’s not in use. It’s a shame to see a grill become damaged by the elements or sometimes curious animals.
Cooking With Wood
Now when it comes down to cooking with wood, there’s a couple ways to do it and it depends on how long you’ll be cooking for and what you’re cooking. If you are going to be cooking for less than ten minutes it’s best to use chips of your preferred wood because they will burn faster and give you the flavoring you need in a short time for whatever you’re cooking. If you’re planning to cook for a while then using larger chunks is preferable. The large chunks will be slower to burn and last the duration of that long cookout.
For those who are feeling really adventurous and want to try adding more flavors or uniqueness to their cooking then they can soak the wood in juice or brandy. Soaking the wood puts more flavors into it so that when the wood is smoking and burning that flavor gets released and absorbed by the meat or seafood. Cooking with wood is truly a rewarding and fun experience because of how customizable it is and how delicious the results are!
So don’t let the winter’s cold keep you away from that grill, and be sure to protect it with a grill cover, so that it isn’t taking a beating in the harsh weather.