Chillin’ and Grillin’

Instead of asking how to put your propane powered grill away for the winter, you should be asking how you can use it! That’s right, winter isn’t just for home heating! In fact, we encourage people to use their grills all year round! The biggest difference between cooking on a grill in the winter and the summer is something you probably didn’t consider; Daylight Savings! That’s right! Because it get’s dark so early, it’s important that you prep your grill and your food in advance so you can start grilling earlier! We also recommend getting a nice flashlight or overhead light to shine on the grill! There are always some AWESOME outdoor lighting options for your patio!

Imagine your patio on a crisp winter night, warmed by a nice fire pit, fairy lights, and littered with your best friends! You are on the grill cooking winter kebabs and latkes and everyone is enjoying a nice winter cocktail! Sounds pretty nice, huh? We told you there is never a wrong time for grilling! Throw in some s’mores and you’ve got the ultimate party!

Before you start up your grill, make sure that there is no snow, leaves or other debris around the area. If it is snowing, shovel a path to the grill to prevent slips and wasting that delicious food! Also, unlike in the summer, you will want to leave the grill lid down as much as possible to prevent heat escaping which will increase cooking time!

Here is one of our favorite winter grilling recipes! Try it out and let us know what you think!

Honey Sweet Potato Chicken Kebabs

INGREDIENTS:

1 large (3/4 lb.) sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1½ lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1½-inch chunks and layers separated

olive oil

7 (12-inch) bamboo skewers

Spice Mix + Glaze

2 tsp. garlic salt

2 tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. paprika

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper

6 Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. cider vinegar

DIRECTIONS:

Place potato pieces into a small saucepan and add just enough water to cover the tops. Bring the water with potatoes to a boil over medium heat; cook for 5 minutes, partially covered, until potatoes are nearly cooked but still a bit firm. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.

While the potatoes are cooling, prepare the spice mix + glaze by mixing together the garlic salt, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and crushed red pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the honey and cider vinegar. Set aside.

Add chicken to a medium bowl; drizzle lightly with olive oil and toss with half of the spice rub. Do the same with cooled potato pieces and sweet onion chunks; drizzle with olive oil and toss with remaining spice rub.

Thread the chicken, sweet potato, and onion onto the soaked skewers.

Preheat the grill on medium/high; grill the chicken skewers for 8 minutes, turning frequently, or until chicken juices run clear while brushing the skewers with the prepared honey glaze.

Remove from the grill and serve immediately.

NOTES:

Soak the bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to use

We know winter grilling is not for everyone, so if you prefer to store your tank during colder months, learn more about how to properly store your propane tank in the winter.