How to pull off the perfect winter BBQ

Winter doesn't have to mean the end of BBQ season. In fact, we think it's the perfect time to warm yourself next to the BBQ. From smoky ribs to big juicy steaks, here's the ultimate guide to mastering winter BBQs like a pro.

Embrace the Cold

Bundle up in your coziest layers, gather around the BBQ with friends and family, and let the aroma of sizzling meat fill the air.

Choose the Right Cuts

Opt for hearty cuts of meat that can stand up to the cold weather and the flames of the BBQ. Think thick steaks like ribeye or bistecca, marbled brisket for low and slow smoking, or succulent pork ribs that fall off the bone with each bite.

Master the Grill

Adjust your techniques to accommodate the winter chill. Keep your BBQ lid closed as much as possible to maintain consistent temperatures, and use a meat thermometer to ensure perfect doneness every time. Consider investing in a BBQ cover or windbreak to shield your BBQ from the elements.

Get Creative with Flavours

Experiment with different marinades, rubs, and sauces to add depth and complexity to your winter BBQs. Try bold and spicy flavours to warm up chilly evenings, or opt for sweet and tangy sauces that complement the smoky goodness of grilled meats.

Don't Forget the Sides

While meat may take centre stage, don't overlook the importance of delicious sides to round out your BBQ feast. Get creative with seasonal vegetables, hearty salads, and warming sides. We love smoky chili beans, hot honey halloumi & roast pumpkin salad, mac & cheese, and baked potatoes with lashings of butter.

Warm Up with Drinks

No winter BBQ is complete without a selection of warming beverages to keep the chill at bay. Serve up hot chocolate, mulled wine, or spiked coffee to add an extra layer of coziness to your outdoor gathering. Beer is never a bad idea just make sure you've got your stubby holder handy!

End on a Sweet Note

Finish off your winter BBQ with a selection of decadent desserts so you can really lean into that afternoon nap. From gooey s'mores to warm fruit pies or crumbles topped with vanilla ice cream, there's no shortage of yummy treats to enjoy fireside.

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