The Average Barbeque and Grilling Enthusiast does not even think about outdoor cooking during the winter months. Of course, this is because it is so much more comfortable cooking indoors. But there are many things you can do to prepare yourself for the warm months of outdoor cooking. Think about using some of these tips to make those coming outdoor events much better than ever.
1)Brush up on your outdoor cooking by trying some outdoor recipes indoors. Your oven's broiler can do a great job of simulating the outdoor cooking experience. The oven at low temperatures also works like true slow-cooked barbecue. And If you want the smoky taste of grilled or barbequed food, add a little liquid smoke. It will not be quite as good as actually cooking oudoors, but for the real lover of outdoor food, it still beats almost everything you can cook indoors. It is just a good way to practice your outdoor recipes for when crunch time comes.
2)Save yourself some money for the upcoming cookout season. This is the perfect time to find a good deal on equipment. Many stores are clearing out their inventories for the coming warm season, and you can almost always find bbq grills and related equipment at big discounts. Also, go through newspaper and thrift flyers to look for grills that people are selling. Other people are not thinking about outdoor cooking either, and many times will practically give away equipment just to get it out of the way.
3)Make a list of everything you will need when you will be cooking outdoors on a daily basis again(assuming you are an outdoor cooking fanatic like me). Get together a nice-sized recipe and supply list that will carry you through the season and provide you with recipes for all the many types of guests who will come over. Have menus that are suitable for large and small groups of guests. And if you plan to change your patio layout at all, now is the time to make plans for those changes.
There are other things you can do to make preparations for upcoming cookout season. Just get out of that hibernating mode and put your mind to it. With just a small change in your mindset you will improve the quality of your backyard cookouts.