Why You Should Brave the Cold and Grill This Winter

By F&W Editors Posted January 13, 2016

Yes, it’s freezing outside. Yes, it might snow. Yes, your kitchen is very cozy. But just think about how good a juicy, smoky, fire-grilled steak would taste right now.

You’ve hibernated enough. It’s time to wrap yourself in a heavy coat, slip on some thick gloves and uncover the grill for a flame-licked dinner that will shake you out of your winter doldrums. But don’t fall back on your summer grilling menu. A different season calls for different recipes. Here, 11 excellent things to grill when it's cold out.

1. Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Apple-Radish Vinaigrette 

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A little Champagne vinegar in the dressing adds punchy flavor to these supereasy steaks.v

2. Grill-Baked Potatoes with Chive Butter 

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These indulgent potatoes are layered with pats of chive and sour cream butter, then wrapped in foil and grilled until soft and delicious.

3. Pomegranate-Glazed Lamb Chops 

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This dish is a variation on shashlik po karsky, a lamb riblet kebab that was popular in the USSR.

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4. Grilled Butternut Squash with Shallot Vinaigrette 

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Butternut squash tastes like a whole new vegetable when grilled—crisp, bright and not overly sweet.

5. Sweet-and-Spicy Grilled Beef Short Ribs 

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F&W's Justin Chapple quickly grills short ribs (cut across the bones) until they're juicy and delectably charred.

6. Grilled Mushrooms and Sausages with Pimentón Vinaigrette 

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Delicious griddled wild mushrooms star in this simple Catalan-inspired dish.

7. Grilled Spiced Quail with Shaved Fennel & Yogurt 

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A spicy citrus marinade keeps the quail meat juicy while giving it a beautiful char on the grill.

8. Grilled Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Scallions

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Here’s a great way to cook a whole meal—meat, potatoes and a vegetable—on the grill.

9. Whole Grilled Chicken with Wilted Arugula 

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Cooking a whole chicken on the grill can be tricky, but chef Thomas Keller has perfected a method that uses indirect heat; he adds rosemary sprigs to the coals to infuse the smoke and flavor the chicken.

10. Stuffed Whole Wild Salmon 

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Cooking an eight-pound fish might sound intimidating, but it’s surprisingly fast and simple.

11. Grilled Marrow Bones with Rosemary-Lemon Bruschetta 

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Chris Cosentino uses the phrase God's butter to describe rich, decadent bone marrow. Here he serves it alongside grilled toasts rubbed with rosemary and lemon.


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