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  • BBQ, whatever the weather! The show must go on! Use whatever cliché or saying you like, but rain does not have to stop play! Here are all the tips you need to carry on cooking outdoors when the heavens have opened while keeping yourself and your food dry.

    I believe you can grill all year round, whatever the weather. Though going by many of the complaints I see in Facebook groups about rain preventing play, it’s evident not everybody agrees.

    So in this article, I’m going to give you some guidance on how to master the art of grilling in the rain. It only requires a smidgeon of creativity, some common sense, and a little planning.

    I know you love barbecuing, and you can’t control the weather, but you can overcome the situation. The bright and sunny weather forecast isn’t always right so don’t rely on it, and always be prepared.

    After taking on board the advice in this article, the next time it rains down on your grilling get together, there will be no chaos, no fuss, just a good cooked meal and a helluva good time.

    Let’s start with some gear that can help you to grill in the rain.

    No Multitasking Required, If You Plan for It

    Have you seen someone juggling an umbrella in one hand and a spatula in the other trying to flip the burgers? Not a good idea, he could lose his balance and drop his food. Unless you’re wearing a raincoat and the rain is not too heavy or windy, you might be okay.

    What kind of rain do you typically experience in your area? You want to plan for the normal weather, not the occasional hurricane.

    If it only drizzles or rains straight down, you can probably get away with a patio umbrella. However, if you experience mostly gusty winds with the rain, you’ll need a more permanent solution.

    All you need to grill in rainy weather are some good non-slip shoes, a raincoat and one of these five solutions.

    5 Ways to Keep Rain from Ruining Your Grilling

    Here are some ideas to protect you and your grill from the rain:

    1. Patio Umbrella

    This is the least expensive of the solutions. Look for the biggest umbrella you can find and make sure you can tie or weigh it down against high wind gusts. 5-gallon buckets of wet sand make good anchors for umbrellas and tarps.

    2. BBQ Canopy

    This is the same idea as a gazebo or shelter, only smaller and usually a material canopy draped over a metal frame that’s only just large enough to cover a BBQ, not a seating and dining area.

    3. A Retractable Awning

    Retractable awnings are a welcome addition to any deck or patio. Not only do they keep snow and rain off you and your grill, but they offer plenty of shade for the hot summer days.

    4. A Permanent Covered Grilling Station

    For anyone who loves to cook outside, a covered grilling station is an ideal cure for rain-soaked grills. This is the most expensive solution but can add value to the property when done right. You’ll want to consult a professional designer and installer to incorporate your needs and ideas.

    5. Tarp Tent or Dining Fly Tent

    The Boy Scout Solution. This is a camping solution that’s been around since man first began grilling in the rain. Look for a flame resistant or retardant tarp. Never use a sheet of plastic. It can easily melt and catch fire. Make sure you suspend the tarp at least 6 feet above the surface of the grill if you put the grill under it.

    Here are some ideas to protect you and your grill from the rain:

    1. Patio Umbrella

    This is the least expensive of the solutions. Look for the biggest umbrella you can find and make sure you can tie or weigh it down against high wind gusts. 5-gallon buckets of wet sand make good anchors for umbrellas and tarps.

    2. BBQ Canopy

    This is the same idea as a gazebo or shelter, only smaller and usually a material canopy draped over a metal frame that’s only just large enough to cover a BBQ, not a seating and dining area.

    3. A Retractable Awning

    Retractable awnings are a welcome addition to any deck or patio. Not only do they keep snow and rain off you and your grill, but they offer plenty of shade for the hot summer days.

    4. A Permanent Covered Grilling Station

    For anyone who loves to cook outside, a covered grilling station is an ideal cure for rain-soaked grills. This is the most expensive solution but can add value to the property when done right. You’ll want to consult a professional designer and installer to incorporate your needs and ideas.

    5. Tarp Tent or Dining Fly Tent

    The Boy Scout Solution. This is a camping solution that’s been around since man first began grilling in the rain. Look for a flame resistant or retardant tarp. Never use a sheet of plastic. It can easily melt and catch fire. Make sure you suspend the tarp at least 6 feet above the surface of the grill if you put the grill under it.

    If the wind is flipping the burgers for you, it’s time to make a windbreak. Patio umbrellas and BBQ canopies don’t do anything to protect against the wind. Even covered grilling stations and awnings won’t help if the wind blows from the wrong direction.

    You can set up a basic wall or wind block using a sheet of plywood or similar material to stop the wind. Just make sure it is stable enough so that it won’t fall on anyone or the grill.

    Better Temperature Control

    The combination of wind and rain will lower your grill temperature the same way you blow on a hot spoon of soup to cool it off. If you are using charcoal, you’ll need to start earlier and add more to maintain the temperature. Charcoal absorbs moisture making it harder to light.

    Gas grills are susceptible to having the burners blowout from strong gusts of wind. If it happens, be sure to turn off the gas, open the lid for a couple of minutes to let the gas escape before relighting.

    You’ll find a remote wireless thermometer to be an indispensable tool during inclement weather. You can monitor the grill and food temperatures while you stay warm and dry. This technique works well for low and slow smoking, but for high-heat grilling, you’ll need to check your food every couple of minutes to prevent burning.

    Watch your vents and see where they are facing. Is the wind or rain blowing directly into any of them? Be sure to close them or turn your grill in a different direction.

    Grilling in the Rain Has Its Advantages

    A rainy day means the air is humid. The humidity reduces evaporation, keeping your food moist and juicy longer.

    Also, we tend to grill with the cover closed to keep out the rain and the wind. The extra smoke adds flavor to everything you’re grilling.

    So, grilling while it rains is not all bad. Your food will taste better, as long as it doesn’t get soaking wet on the way to the house.

    But, grilling in the rain has challenges and safety hazards too. In these conditions, you can make bad choices.

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