7 Tips on Grilling in the Rain

You might think grilling in the rain might be counterproductive, but actually, it can work just as well as during sunny days.

But of course, if it’s not done correctly, your food can easily get either soggy or burnt.

Igniting your grill during the rain will be really tricky. Not to mention, grills tend to rust faster in wet weather conditions due to all the moisture that clings onto them after each use.

To avoid these problems or any other issue caused by rain while grilling, you should consider these seven tips on how to successfully grill under the rain.

Grilling in the rain requires you to have the right equipment
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Tips on Grilling in the Rain

There are plenty of ways on how to grill under the rain, but here are the best tips I can give you:

1. Use a grill mat

Protect your grill from rain by using a barbecue grill mat that absorbs water and prevents it from pooling or spilling onto your coals.

If there’s a large puddle of water on your mat, you can easily wipe it with a paper towel before placing food items onto the cooking grate.

Make sure the mat you’re using is big enough for your food. This will prevent unwanted accidents from happening during grilling time, such as having parts of your meat fall through the cracks.

2. Use a portable charcoal grill

If you can’t find a suitable grill mat to use, then you should opt for using a portable charcoal grill.

Portable grills are easy to assemble and disassemble so you can bring them indoors if it starts raining.

All you need is just the right amount of tinder, organic fuel source, or even regular lighter fluid, and your food will be cooked in no time.

There are disposable tins available that come with pre-soaked wood chips inside. So, once you light up the coals, it takes less than 5 minutes before they’re hot enough for cooking.

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3. Change your wood chips every now and then

If you’re using a portable charcoal grill, make sure you change your wood chips every now and then.

Even if the coals are still burning and there’s lots of heat in them, changing out your wood chips is still necessary to prevent them from becoming ash.

Wood chips that have reached their limit of temperature setting will emit an unpleasant taste once they start smoking or glowing red-hot.

This will definitely affect how your food tastes afterward so try to replace the old ones with new ones before grilling anything.

4. Let your grill heat up for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking on it

When starting up a charcoal grill after wet weather conditions such as rain, let it sit and warm up in the open air for around ten to fifteen minutes.

This is because the temperature inside the grill will be cold, and this coldness can seep into your food so after letting it sit for a few minutes.

You’ll have to spend more time cooking them before they’re properly done.

5. Prepare your food items first then light up the grill

Rainy days can affect how easily your matches light up.

If possible, prepare your food items first before you attempt to ignite the grill.

Place them in a way that makes it easy for you to reach when cooking so you won’t have to step on wet grass or mud just to get what you need from your storage area beside the grill.

6. Keep your grill clean

When it comes to grilling, cleanliness is next to godliness.

Clean out your grill before using it after every time of use even if they’re still hot because rainwater contains natural impurities which can clog up your pores and prevent heat exchange between coals and wood chips during grilling time.

If you have a grill mat, just wipe it clean with a paper towel or leave it to dry. Just don’t try to use the same wiping motion that’s used for wiping tables because this can scratch your surface.

7. Use gas grills

If you’re not a fan of using charcoal grills, then you can consider going for gas grills instead.

Gas-fueled grills are a good alternative to charcoal grills because they don’t emit lots of smoke or ash that may affect your food’s taste when cooked under rainy conditions.

Since everything is electronically controlled in this type of grill, you don’t have to worry about electricity either.

The machine will regulate its temperature by itself so you don’t even need matches when cooking during wet weather conditions.

With all these benefits given by gas-powered grilling equipment, it’s easy to see why gas barbecue grills are popular nowadays.

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No matter what kind of grill equipment you’re using, make sure to follow all the safety precautions before you start grilling.

Remove any combustible materials that are close to your grill then ensure that there are no open flames or lit cigarettes around the area where you’ll be cooking.

Most importantly, stay safe, and don’t forget that it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to things like these.