Put away the barbecue just because it’s a little cold out? Stop grilling just because it’s snowing? Canadians who love their outdoor cooking don’t stop just because the weather turns less than ideal.
A couple of practical suggestions: keep the lid closed as much as possible, extend cooking times a bit, and never set up a grill in your garage—the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning isn’t worth it. And it probably goes without saying that a dangly scarf isn’t the best accessory while you’re cooking, no matter what the environment is. There is, however, some winter-friendly gear that will make grilling in cold-weather a little easier for you diehard barbecue buffs.
For added barbecue style, throw on this snazzy flame-resistant balaclava, because it’s never a bad idea to be warm and safe. More info: www.acklandsgrainger.com
Make your gloves do double-duty—these insulated ones will keep your hands warm, but not too warm. You can use these heavy-duty gloves to pick food up right off the grill and, conveniently, any leftover will wash right off under the tap once you’re finished. More info: www.bbqs.com
Halogen barbecue light
Sigh. The sun’s starting to set earlier and earlier, which makes cooking outside a challenge. If you don’t want to eat at 4 p.m. all winter, this handy fixed-mount halogen light is a perfect tool to avoid flipping your burgers into the snow. Its flexible neck means you can keep an eye on just about everything you’ve got on the grill. More info: www.bbq.com
Remote digital thermometre
Just because you’re devoted to using your outdoor grill year-round doesn’t mean you want to stand outside shivering while your meat cooks. With this wireless remote thermometer, you can come inside and get warm, then a computer will let you know when your meat is almost ready. Stainless steel probes and a menu of meat choices and levels of done-ness mean your dinner will be perfectly prepared—and you’ll stay toasty warm. More info: www.beefinfo.org
Electric charcoal stoker
For you true die-hards who insist on using charcoal to grill throughout the year, here’s something to make your life a little easier. Essentially a low-velocity fan, this electric charcoal stoker reduces the start-up time of charcoal grills to about 10 minutes, saving you from huffing and puffing on the coals to heat them up yourself. Save your breath for blowing on your hot chocolate. More info: www.bbqguys.com
Automatic grill-cleaning robot
Why stand out in the cold scrubbing your grill clean when you can fire up your automatic Grillbot to clean it for you? This Roomba-like grill cleaner is super easy to use; you can start it with the push of a button. It’ll even beep when it’s finished. Each wire brush is dishwasher safe and lasts for 100 cleans—plenty to get you through the winter. More info: www.bbqguys.com