The secret to a successful winter barbecue
Are you one of those people who just can’t wait till the first barbecue of the summer? Enjoying a spicy sausage, a nice piece of fish, a fresh salad and a tasty mocktail while the children are having the time of their lives in the backyard … Now there’s a recipe for an unforgettable afternoon or evening.
But did you know that there’s absolutely no need to miss out on barbecue fun during the winter months? Check our tips for hosting a successful winter barbecue!
A winter barbecue? Uh, come again?
It may sound a little strange, but a winter barbecue is not that farfetched an idea. It may be chilly outside, but when you’re all bundled up and dry under a canopy, the cold is actually quite pleasant – especially if you can relax near the warm glow of a barbecue or fire basket. The combination of warm, grilled food and the cold, fresh air makes you feel as if you’re at a cosy Christmas market – mulled wine, anyone? – or as if you’re just taken off your ski goggles and are heading back to the lodge for some hot chocolate: it doesn’t get much better than that.
Grilling in winter: a few must-try recipes
A winter barbecue is not just a barbecue you host during winter months; it’s a culinary highlight of the winter season. These recipes will make your mouth water …
- Winter soup makes a comforting starter: think pea soup with smoked sausage, onion soup or purslane soup.
- A lot of backyard barbecue favorites go down well in summer and winter: steak, chicken satay, barbecue ribs, veggie balls, …
- However, certain meats really have that winter vibe, which makes them likely candidates for some wintertime grilling. Game, grilled meat or duck breasts all fit the bill.
- The summer season asks for fresh salads, but a winter barbecue is not complete without some hot veggies on the side. You can cook, steam or grill them: delicious and healthy!
- No barbecue is complete without tasty drinks. Our suggestions: homemade mulled wine, hot chocolate with marshmallows or warm milk with a dash of cinnamon.
Tips for staying warm
When your guests’ lips are turning blue and their noses are Rudolph red, your winter barbecue probably isn’t quite the success you were hoping for. Make sure your friends and family are all snug and warm. Everything starts with telling your guests to dress warm and providing blankets for extra coziness. But to really get the comfort level up, you might want to create a sheltered corner in the garden or on your patio. A patio cover and wind-tight screens will keep everyone dry and warm. In addition, a fire basket or heating elements will surely make the temperature rise as well. Throw in some winter decorations and mood lighting, and you’re ready for tons of winter grilling fun!