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Braving the Elements: Winter Grilling Gear and Accessories

AustinPublished: November 29, 2023
Braving the Elements: Winter Grilling Gear and Accessories

When it's cold out, most people will put their grill away for the season. However, you're missing out on some delicious food if you do that. With the right gear and accessories, you can brave the elements and continue barbecuing all winter long.

We've got the ultimate list of everything you need to keep coals hot all year long.

Grill Cover

Grill Cover on a Grill in Winter

Let's start by protecting your investment. A grill cover is an essential winter grilling accessory. It will keep your gas or pellet grill protected from harsh elements like snow and ice, ensuring it's ready to use when you are.

Look for a heavy-duty cover that can withstand wind, rain, and even UV rays. Ensure it fits snugly around your grill to prevent moisture from getting in.

Here in Texas, we get some heavy winds. So we recommend either strapping your cover to the grill or getting one with vents so that it doesn't blow away.


Headlamp on a Man

Winter days are shorter, and grilling in low light can be challenging. Sure, some grills have lights built into them, which is nice for checking the meat, but not all of them do.

A headlamp provides hands-free lighting, enabling you to see clearly while tending to the grill and ensuring safe and precise cooking.

There are many headlamp options available, but we suggest investing in a waterproof and rechargeable one for winter grilling.

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Windproof Butane Gas Torch Lighter

Butane Lighter for Starting Grill

Lighting the grill in winter can be difficult due to wind or cold temperatures. Forget the matches or long lighter - those will get blown out almost immediately.

A windproof butane gas torch lighter offers a reliable ignition source, making it easier to start the grill even in adverse weather conditions.

If you really want to take it to the next level, you can get a propane torch, but these are typically used for starting fires and might be overkill for lighting a grill. 

Then again, here at Rock the Grill, we're all about some overkill.

Canopy Tent

When you think of canopy tents, you probably think of keeping the sun off of your head on a hot summer day. But they are also great for winter grilling.

A canopy tent can keep the snow and rain off of you while cooking, giving you some shelter from bad weather conditions. 

If you don't have a covered grilling area or patio space, investing in a canopy tent can make all the difference for winter barbecuing.

Grilling Gloves

Grilling Gloves

Although you can use grilling gloves any time of the year, we've got a tip for these. They will actually keep your hands warm when you're out in the cold.

We recommend getting a pair with silicone grips that will help you hold onto slippery grilling tools. Plus, they'll protect your hands from the heat of the grill while still keeping them warm.

The heat-resistant gloves will let you flip those ribs and ensure they're perfectly cooked.

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Chimney

For those who prefer the natural taste of charcoal, a chimney starter is a must-have for winter grilling. This handy tool allows you to start your charcoal with ease and without the use of lighter fluid.

Lighter fluid can be dangerous in cold weather, as it can take longer to ignite and may not evenly distribute heat throughout the coals.

Using a chimney starter will ensure your coals are lit properly and ready for grilling, even in the coldest conditions. 

Meat Thermometer

Accurate thermometers are essential for ensuring your meat is cooked to the right temperature. In colder weather, it may take longer for the grill to reach optimal heat, so monitoring the internal temperature of your food is crucial.

Think of it this way. That steak that would normally take you 12 minutes to grill in the summer will probably take you 18 minutes in the winter. Of course, there are many variables to consider, but you get the idea.

A meat thermometer will take the guesswork out of grilling and ensure your food is cooked safely and to perfection.

Got some winter grilling questions?

We know that many of you don't grill in the winter but would like to. That's why we're here to help. We've put together some general questions grilling enthusiasts ask about firing up the grill in the colder months.

Can you grill in the winter?

Of course! That's why we listed out all of these accessories and gear so you can do it safely. The only time we'd say "no" to winter grilling is if there's a severe storm, and even then, we know some of you would still brave it.

Can I leave my grill outside in the winter?

If you have the space in your garage, then we recommend putting it there. At the very least, get a good cover for it. But if you're planning on using it regularly during the winter, then there's no harm in leaving it outside as long as you have a cover to protect it from the elements.

What types of food can I grill in the winter?

You can pretty much cook anything on the grill in the winter that you would in the summer. However, with colder temperatures, it may take longer to cook things. Smaller cuts of meat or thinner vegetables may be a better option for efficient and timely cooking.

Are grills cheaper in the winter?

Most brands transition models during this time, and the demand for backyard gear is lower. This means prices can drop significantly in the winter months for grills and accessories. So if you're looking to upgrade or add to your collection, now is the time.

Can grill propane tanks stay outside in the winter?

Of course! In fact, we never recommend storing propane tanks indoors. Make sure to keep them in a well-ventilated area and away from sources of heat, sparks, or open flames.

Don't take a break over the winter months - keep grilling!

Winter grilling doesn't have to be an uphill battle. With the right gear and accessories, you can turn it into a fun and rewarding experience. 

So, don't let the cold weather deter you from firing up that grill. From grill covers to meat thermometers, these tools can help you conquer the winter elements and keep the barbecue season going all year long. 

A great cookout isn't confined to summer - it's a year-round passion!



Professional Backyard Chef

Austin, a trained chef and graduate of the The Art Institute of Washington, has a deep passion for locally sourced ingredients. He spent several years working in farm-to-table restaurants, forging relationships with local farmers and learning about the benefits of fresh, local produce. As a regular contributor to various food and lifestyle magazines, Austin specializes in creating delicious, seasonal recipes for the backyard bistro. His dedication to local ingredients helps readers discover new flavors while supporting their local economy.