The tough winter weather and snow are enough to chill you down to your very bones. It’s pretty to look at but burr. It’s time to warm yourself up with a little winter BBQ.
Yes, you can still use your BBQ grill in the winter. Any season can be grilling season if you put your heart into it. What can you make on your grill in the cold months though? We’re happy you asked.
Fire up your grill, grab your equipment, and let’s get started! Here are a few tasty recipes that won’t fail to thaw you out on a chilly day.
1. Bacon-Wrapped Carrots
This bacon-wrapped carrots recipe makes the perfect side dish for any winter BBQ. To get started, you’ll need to get 2 pounds of peeled carrots, 1 pound of bacon, and a 1/4 cup of maple syrup.
From there making these are a cakewalk. Preheat your oven to 400 and wrap the carrots in the bacon. Spread the carrots evenly on a baking sheet and place them in the oven.
Cook them until the bacon is nice and crispy and the carrots are tender. It should only take about 20 minutes or so. When they’re halfway done cooking, baste them with the maple syrup.
If you want them to have a little kick, you can mix dijon mustard in with the syrup before you add it to the carrots.
2. Sweet Potato Chicken Kabobs
For this sweet and savory recipe, you’ll get to fire up your akorn grill. For the base of the meal, you’re going to need 1 large sweet potato that you’ve cut into 1-inch squares, 1/2 lb of chicken thighs that you’ve also cut into 1-inch squares, 1 sweet onion that you’ve chopped into large chunks, olive oil, and 7 12-inch bamboo skewers.
Now onto the glaze. Measure out 2 tsp of garlic salt, 2 tsp of chili powder, a 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper, 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of paprika, a 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper, 2 tsp of cider vinegar, and 6 tbsp of honey.
Place your sweet potato chunks in a pot with water and bring them to a boil. You don’t want to cook the potatoes all the way. Make sure they’re still sort of firm.
Set the potatoes to the side so they can cool and get started on your glaze mixture. Take all the dry spices and whisk them in a bowl. Combine the cider vinegar and honey together in a separate dish.
Toss your chicken cubes into a bowl and coat them in olive oil and half the dry rub you created. The sweet potatoes are going to get the same treatment. Once everything is good and covered, begin making your skewers with the chicken, onion, and sweet potatoes.
Place the skewers on the grill and turn them periodically until the chicken is cooked. Don’t forget to brush them the honey glaze ever so often while they cook.
3. Whole Turkey
It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving for you to enjoy a delicious turkey. Believe it or not, grilling the bird is one of the best ways to lock in flavor. You only need one ingredient for this dish, the turkey.
You’ve got complete full reign when it comes to seasoning it but once you do, you want to wrap it in a cheesecloth. You’ll leave the cheesecloth on it for at least the first 2 hours while it’s cooking.
Prepare your grill for the turkey before you place it. Be sure that the turkey isn’t sitting on the heat directly. You don’t want to end up with a dry bird.
From there it’s only a matter of checking on the turkey every once in a while it cooks. Make sure you don’t open the lid too often or it will never get done all the way.
4. Grilled Chicken Nachos
These grilled chicken nachos make the perfect side dish for any winter meal or you can eat them as a nice snack. Either way.
You’re going to need 8 ounces of tortilla chips, 1 cup of chicken (cooked and chopped up), 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese, a 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce, and a 1/2 cup of sour cream.
If you want you can also chop up a tomato, 1/4 of red onion, 1 jalapeno, 1/2 bunch of cilantro, and half an avocado. Preheat your grill and mix the chicken together with a 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce.
Set this off to the side and then in a small bowl, combine the sour cream with your other 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce. Get out a sheet of aluminum foil and fold the edges so it looks like you’ve created a shiny metal boat.
Place your tortilla chips at the bottom of your metal boat and top them off with a good portion of your cheese but not all of it. Place the chicken on top of the chips and then add the remainder of your cheese.
Place your nachos on the grill and cover them up. Let them cook until your cheese is good and melted and then take it off. Let it cool for a bit before you top it with your sour cream BBQ and the additional ingredients that you chopped up.
5. BBQ Chicken Stuffed Bread
Chicken and bread are both filling foods that will leave your stomach happy and warm during the winter. Grab 3 cups of shredded chicken, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup of cilantro, a single baguette, 3/4 cups of BBQ sauce, and 1/4 of red onion.
Pull out a large bowl and mix together your chicken, 1 1/4 cup of cheese, the onion, cilantro, a 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce. You can add a bit more sauce if the 1/2 cup isn’t enough.
Hallow out the bread to where you still have bread but there’s enough of a well to put your chicken. Spoon the chicken into the bread and sprinkle it with the rest of your cheese and BBQ sauce. Put your chicken bread on a baking tray and cook it on 325 until it’s warm.
Winter BBQ Recipes That Will Warm You up
BBQ foods are the perfect thing to warm up your body on a cold winter’s day. So dust the snow off your grill and get grilling season started early with one of these great winter BBQ recipes. Your stomach will thank you.
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