Traditionally, the grilling season is thought to be confined to those balmy spring, and summer evenings, were house owners with a garden space fire up the barbecue and create mouth-watering aromas that drive passersby wild.
You do not need to feel left out on the grilled meat experience even in winter, or if you live in the middle of a city, because to perfect the art of how to grill meats in winter just needs a little application to enjoy that delicious grill flavors even when it is snowing outside.
To learn how to grill meats in winter, you must first get yourself the right tools:
There are a number of choices that you can make when choosing an indoor grill. There is the electric countertop grill, which heats the metal plate from underneath. There are two different types, both of which will give excellent results.
1. The contact grill has a top and a bottom grill plate and you close it over the food that you want to heat.
2. The open grill is similar in principle to a griddle, and is simply a large surface, where you have to flip your meat over occasionally.
The good thing about electric grill is that you can control the temperature easily, and you will also have a red indicator light which lets you know when you are at the right cooking temperature.
The best type is one that has raised lines on its surface. These raised indentations will heat up evenly, rather than a smooth bottom grill pan. A surface of approximately eleven inches will give you enough grilling area to fit in four burgers or breasts of chicken, or two man-sized steaks.
• A pair of professional tongs will enable you to grab that meat and flip it over
• A spatula to dig underneath your steaks, hamburgers and chicken and turn them over
• Big pastry brushes for brushing in oils and sauces
• A heavy-duty cleaning brush to keep your grill spotless and ready for the next grill-out
Preparing to grill:
Choice of meats
Albert’s Meats offers a wide variety of high quality meats. You cannot get a fantastic taste with low quality meat. It is vital that you buy the right cut, and your best results will be achieved by purchasing pieces of meat that are not too thick. There is a reason for this, and that is that thinner cuts of meat will cook a lot faster and will also cook more evenly. Check out your local grocer for Albert’s Meats the next time you’re in and prepare for a satisfying meal.
Grilling meats in the winter and indoors means you will need to use spices to get some sensational flavors. If you want to get that smoky summer barbecue taste, then use ingredients such as smoked paprika or chipotle and massage it into you meat before grilling. Do not forget to let it ‘settle’ before placing it on the grill.
You can buy readymade barbecue sauces or marinades, and these are acceptable to as long as you spend time to apply them evenly to the meat and then let it sit for a while.
Some cooking times for your meat:
- Flank steak should take between 12 to 14 minutes depending on how you like your meat
- Hamburger 15 to 18 minutes
- Precooked hot dogs or sausages no more than six minutes
- Breast of chicken 11 to 16 minutes
*Covered or contact grills will be quicker.
Useful grilling tips
Remember, that you are in the house not the garden, so you need to keep smoke levels down. To do this go easy on the marinade and try not to press down too hard on the meat and squeeze out the juices because you will make the meat dry.
Resist the temptation to play
If you want to know how to grill meats in winter, resist the temptation to keep flicking your food over and over, and do not keep it in the marinade sauce for too long. Marinades contain ingredients that will break down the flesh and make the meat tough if you go over the top. On no account marinate lean meat like chicken or pork tenderloin for more than two hours.
Rest the meat
To get the maximum flavor, ‘rest the meat’ for five to ten minutes after removing it from the grill.
Follow these tips on how to grill meat in winter, and get the perfect inside barbeque, with the bonus of no biting bugs.