Bring your grill out of hibernation with these six tips for early season grilling!
I’m standing on the deck filled with excitement. The smell is almost more than I can take.
I've got the grill fired up, and the aroma reminds me of everything I love about spring – lazy afternoons on the porch, kids playing in the yard, and delicious food from my grill.
Let’s forget for a moment that I am bundled up, prepared for a Montana blizzard.
And please ignore that I’m dressed like this, hat and all, despite the fact that I live in Florida and we aren’t going to be hitting blizzard status anytime soon.
Guys, anything below 60 is cause for breaking out the hat and gloves. It is.
Plus it is dark and gloomy….and as wintery looking as it gets here.
But I don’t care.
I am not a patient girl.
It is March and therefore officially time to grill.
I refuse to let the weather get in the way of what I love.
Even when the weather isn’t quite cooperating yet, it is time put this dark period of winter past us and leap into grilling season.
Because everyone knows that everything is better during grilling season.
Regardless of where you live, don't let a little thing like weather deter you from bringing that grill out of hibernation. It is the best way to embrace the new beginning of Spring.
Even people in Chicago are grilling!
Today they are not only grilling out; they are doing it after taking a plunge in the frigid water.
This is part of the 2017 Chicago Polar Plunge for which Johnsonville has partnered with Special Olympics Chicago.
Let me just say; the participants have all the respect from this Florida girl.
I am merely advocating that you fire up the grill…these people are willing to jump into freezing water for a good cause.
Afterward, they are getting a jump on the best season of the year by warming up with piping hot Johnsonville Brats to have the #FirstBrats of the season!
Their reward is a good one.
I’d say that anyone willing to jump into freezing water for a good cause deserves a fresh brat from the burners of the Big Taste Grill. (The Big Taste Grill is a 20-foot tall, 65-foot long grill, which cooks 2,500 brats an hour on its 40 square feet of grilling surface. I've got some #grillenvy going on.)
If you are ready to break out of the winter doldrums and fire up your grill, here are 6 Tips for Early Season Grilling
I am guessing most of you aren’t as dramatic as I am about dressing before going out in cold weather, but this is an important point. That cute sundress you ordered can wait for a month or two. The whole point of grilling right now is to embrace the excitement and anticipation of the spring that is to come. It is hard to embrace anything when you are freezing. Bundle up!
Consider an Outdoor Heater
If the weather is cool rather than cold, consider investing in an outdoor heater. It can easily extend your outdoor fun by a month or two and will have your house the go-to place in the neighborhood for a grill out.
Be Prepared for Transport
Cooler weather means your food will cool off quicker when you pull it off the grill. Prepare for this by having covered ceramic dishes on hand that will allow you to quickly transport food while keeping it warm.
Stick to Quick-Cooking Foods
This isn’t the time to try your hand at making a rotisserie chicken on the grill. Stick to foods that will cook quickly, like Johnsonville Brats.
If it is still really cold where you are, make sure you have enough fuel on hand. You can expect to need a little more than you do when it is warmer.
Unless your grill is built-in, it may be a good idea to consider relocating it closer to the house. This can make your trips in and out easier. Just be careful not to go too close – safety is more important than warmth!
So guys, regardless of where you are, it is time to put on your jacket and fire up the grill.
Blizzard attire is optional.
Get in on the fun by entering to win Johnsonville’s #FirstBrats Contest.
Contest Period: The Contest begins at 12:00 PM Eastern Time on March 8, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on May 15, 2017.
There are two (2) ways to enter:
Online: During the Contest Period, an entrant may visit www.FirstBratsContest.com, enter his/her email address, and follow the instructions to register by entering all information requested on the registration form. After an entrant has registered, he/she may follow the instructions to upload one (1) photo of his/her “first grill of the season”.
Social Media: During the Contest Period, an entrant may (a) log in to his/her Twitter or Instagram account, follow @Johnsonville on Twitter or @jvillesausage on Instagram (if he/she does not already), and post a Tweet/post that includes one (1) photo of his/her “first grill of the season” and the hashtag “#FirstBratsContest” or (b) log in to his/her Facebook account, visit Sponsor’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/johnsonville/, and post a comment responding to Sponsor’s Invitation Post that includes a photo of his/her “first grill of the season” and the hashtag “#FirstBratsContest.
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive snow removal or lawn care for a year, a value of $1,500.
Following the Contest period, all eligible entries received during the Contest period will be judged by a panel of qualified judges selected by Johnsonville. The judges will score the entries according to the following weighted criteria: creativity, photo quality and relevance to the Contest theme (e.g., entry captures the passion for grilling even if the weather is not ideal for grilling).
Limit one (1) prize per person
There is a limit of one (1) entry per entry method per person per calendar day during the Contest period (i.e., an entrant may receive one entry each via www.FirstBratsContest.com, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) for a total of five (5) entries per day.
Official Contest rules can be found at www.FirstBratsContest.com.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.