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Extreme Weather Barbecue

If you have a family like mine who enjoy a Barbecue at least once a week, it can become a challenge to adapt to the various extreme weather conditions that might arise.

My family has Barbecued in the snow, on the beach, and even on small boats on the sea!

Special conditions mean that there has to be a fair amount of planning to make it all come together.

Here are a few tips that may help if you find yourself in more extreme conditions.

Extreme Weather Barbecue

 Winter Snow BBQ

Its winter in the States at the moment, but that shouldn’t prevent you from firing up that Barbecue. The Weber Grill watch research has shown that 53 % of Americans grill all year round. At least 10 % of these carry on cooking even in deep winter.

Follow these tips to keep you warm and produce a great meal off your Winter Barbecue.

Wrap up warmly with decent cold-weather clothing. Do take care though that any tassels scarfs etc. which may be loose don’t come into contact with the fire. Take note that Snow Gloves are NOT heat resistant. Rather wear your Barbecue Gloves.

Clean off your grill carefully. Make sure that you remove all the snow and ice before igniting your grill. If you are using a gas grill, allow enough time for your grill to preheat.

Even though it may be freezing out there, it is not advisable to Barbecue in your garage. Grilling safety should always remain uppermost in your mind. Keep the grill far away from any combustible areas. Make sure where you are grilling is well ventilated.

If you can, then place your grill at right angles to the wind. This helps to control the temperature in the grill. The grill will probably use extra fuel than average to maintain temperatures.

In the extreme cold, try and use meats that will allow you to barbecue with the lid closed .i.e brisket, a whole chicken. You will have to open the cover to check, but bear in mind that every time you do, the temperature will drop.

Use a good quality thermometer to ensure that any meat is thoroughly cooked, especially in the middle. It can take a little longer than usual. Add on another 10 mins cooking time. If you use your thermometer, you will always know if the internal temperature is correct.

It is advisable to work with a trusted and tried recipe as its not the time in freezing temperatures to fiddle around and check too often.

Barbecue at the Beach

Another extreme weather condition is in the height of a windy summer on a stunning beach. It may sound idyllic, but there is a whole set of factors that need to be addressed.

Check that you are allowed to build a fire or Barbecue on the beach. Follow the rules.

Firstly as it is quite often windy on the beach, you need to consider a windbreak. Uneven heat, whether it is from a charcoal grill or gas barbecue, will result in unevenly cooked food. An excellent windbreak is to place a few surfboards in the sand at a safe distance.

It is also possible on some beaches to create a sandpit with stones that will act as a natural wind barrier. Keep it small though at the ideal manageable size of 3 ft tall by 3 ft wide.

To enjoy a Barbecue at the Beach, you do need to take into consideration that sand goes everywhere!

Keep your food and even implements it in plastic storage containers until you need them. Large storage boxes can double up as prep or sitting benches.

We usually use a portable charcoal barbecue grill at the beach. It saves having to pack a propane gas cylinder and carrying it as well as the Barbecue.

Grilling on a Boat

There is not much that can beat cooking a freshly grilled fish or Lobster caught straight from the sea. After the fish is cleaned, throw it on the grill with just a little olive oil and salt …. Heaven!

However, there are a few safety tips that MUST be followed when barbecuing on a boat.

Don’t grill when the boat is underway

Never leave a lit grill unattended

Make sure that embers cannot fall on any part of the boat

If using propane, make sure that any connections are tight. Check with soapy water for any leaks ( bubbles will form where there are leaks) before you leave the marina.

If you are using an open flame, make sure that the grill is well downwind of any sails or covers.

Once you have completed barbecuing, let the grill cool and pack it away before you get underway.

Lava Project


Two professors from Syracuse University trekked into a volcano and cooked two T bones in under three minutes. They used molten lava as their heat source (1300 F ) and used heavy protective gear. That’s extreme! Watch their Youtube video below:-

Lamborghini Sausage Grilling!

Some enterprising adventurers recorded a video of themselves using the fireballs from a Lamborghini Aventador tailpipe to cook sausages on a stick. It took only a few minutes. Could we use this as an excuse to purchase a Lamborghini!?

El Diablo Restaurant – Set on a Dormant Volcano

This restaurant based on Lanzarote Island has built a large pit which utilizes the heat from a dormant volcano to cook and eat delicious food.


So whether you are braving the elements and grilling in the extreme in your backyard or traveling to experience the maximum absolute volcanic restaurants, get out there and enjoy nature at its riskiness.


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About the Author:

Hi, I am a writer based outside Cape Town in South Africa. I come from a Barbecue obsessed family. With the great weather we have in Cape Town ( most of the year) we enjoy Cooking Outside in our Backyard as often as possible. South African's love to "Braai" anything! The trick to continuing to enjoy Barbecuing is loving the old favorites but experimenting with new foods and methods often.

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