How to make winter grilling a little more comfortable

It’s an age-old dilemma: you want juicy grilled steaks, but it’s -15 outside. You don’t want to smoke up your kitchen, so cooking them inside is less than ideal (although it can be done). You can’t move your grill somewhere more sheltered, because, well, carbon monoxide and other nasty complications.

What do you do, what do you do?

As the old saying goes, there’s really no such thing as bad weather—just bad preparation. Here’s how to make outdoor winter grilling as comfortable as possible.

Fail to plan, plan to fail

You want to spend as little time outdoors as possible, so make sure you get everything together beforehand. Meat, veggies, grilling  tools, baking soda for grease fires—gather it all up before you head outside. Shovel a path to the grill so carrying things is as easy as possible, and clear snow off the grill and side shelves. Finally, plan to preheat the grill longer in the winter than in the summer to combat the cold and wind.

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