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Barbecues have become a staple of summer, and usually once the cold winter months roll around, barbecues are covered up and hidden until late spring. Hosting a winter barbecue can be a great way to entertain some guests and get rid of those cold winter sorrows. If you didn’t feel like hosting a holiday party in December, throwing a winter barbecue in mid January to late February can be a great way to entertain, and it usually ends up being significantly less expensive then throwing a lavish holiday party. If you’ve never thrown a winter barbecue before and are longing to get back to grilling, now is the perfect time to start planning this fun event. Check out this advice on how to throw a fantastic winter barbecue.
Cook Outside, Eat Inside
You should head on out and brave the cold to cook up some hotdogs and chicken, but don’t force your guests to eat out in the cold! Bring all that summery barbecue food inside so everyone stays warm. Plus, holding a winter barbecue means that there’s probably an exciting football game on TV, so make sure you’ve got all the TVs in your house tuned in.
Of course, if the temperature isn’t too cold, holding your barbecue outside might be fun. Before the barbecue, purchase some outdoor gas patio heaters from Advanced Systems Company so your guests can enjoy the winter air while staying warm near the heater. Make sure you buy a tabletop heater (or borrow one from a friend) so if you decide to sit around your patio table, everybody stays warm.
Grill Some Wintery Items
While you should probably stay away from grilling reindeer, why not take advantage of the season and grill some things that are specific to winter. There are many vegetables that you could consider grilling, like winter squash or even beets. There are tons of recipes online that will give you a great idea of what to cook that’s winter related at your upcoming barbecue, so consult the Internet to find some creative ideas.
Serve Warming Drinks
While beer of course is the staple of any summer barbecue, it might not be a great choice during winter because it fails to warm you up! Warm up your guests by serving them drinks that aren’t traditionally served at winter barbecues, like hot toddy or peppermint schnapps. It will be an interesting departure from the norm, and your guests will find it very intriguing. If it’s not too far past the holidays, making some spiked eggnog punch will do the trick and keep your guests warm and socializing.
Have Toast-able Deserts
Once everyone is stuffed full of your delicious food, it’s time to break out the grand finale. Fire up that barbecue one last time, and invite your guests outside to roast some marshmallows. There truly is nothing like roasting marshmallows in the winter, and doing so will leave everybody’s taste buds satisfied. Everybody will likely have to take turns roasting marshmallows, unless you’ve got a nice fire pit that you can fire up!