Grilling can be done all year round. However, as seasons and climates change, you also have to adjust a few things while working the grill. During fall season, the temperature will be cooler and the weather will be more windy, which can affect your cooking if you don’t plan ahead.
With the right clothing, gear and a few preparations, grilling in the fall season will not feel like a huge adjustment! Follow these quick tips:
Clean your grill
If your grill has been in hibernation for the past couple of weeks (or months), now is the time to give it a good clean, prepping for some backyard cooking with cooler and more windy weather. Use a good grill brush to remove debris and leftover oils from your grates. Clean out the grease trays. Use a sponge and soapy water to scrub the exterior of your grill. Give the propane tank a check.
Having a good, clean grill to start with every time the season changes helps promote safety.
Be aware of the wind’s direction
Fire and wind don’t exactly go well together. During the fall season, anticipate the wind when you’re grilling. Know what direction the wind is coming from and position your grill accordingly. Face the vents away from the wind and turn your grill perpendicular to the wind’s direction so it won’t affect your fire too much.
Keep an eye on your grill
When you’re cooking barbecue on a cool, windy day, it’s best to monitor your grill. Open the lid carefully when you have to check, as a sudden gush could make the ashes land on your food.
Check your gas burners from time to time as well. When they go out, allow a few minutes to let the air circulate with the lid open before relighting.
Fall season can bring rain and light showers, too. But unless the rain is too heavy, don’t let that stop you! It’s ideal, though, to invest in a proper rain cover for your grill.
Enjoy Fall recipes
With a bounty of harvest during autumn, now is the perfect time to take a break from your usual dishes and try something new and seasonal! Experiment with grilled turkey and some fall vegetables and pair them with your favorite fall drinks!
Enjoy the wonderful season of autumn with the great weather, follow these quick tips for grilling in the fall season!