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Grilling in the Rain
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Spring and Summer would be complete without a plethora of delicious food prepared on a grill. However, if you live anywhere on the east coast, where humidity brings afternoon rain showers, you are often faced with Grillin’ in the Rain.  
Our friends at grilling.com have a fabulous grilling blog we are happy to share. A recent post provides with the following advice.
Bring
the heat
Rain doesn’t only mean soggy pants and shoes, it also means that the temperature of
your grill will drop as quickly as the rain itself.  In addition to adding
a little extra fuel to the fire in the form of a couple handfuls of extra
charcoal 
briquettes, try to minimize the number of times you open and close the
grill as significant heat will escape every time the lid is removed.

Duck
for cover
Unless
you’re a pro at managing an umbrella, a set of tongs and the grill lid with
only two hands, finding a more permanent form of cover can make grilling in the
rain a whole lot more effective and efficient.  A patio umbrella with a
weighted base (the kind that usually come with your patio set) or a fire resistant
pop-up canopy
 are
perfect sources of protection from the rain, ensuring you and your grill stay
as dry as possible.

Breaking
wind
Where
there’s rain, there’s usually wind.  Just like snow or rain hitting the
grill, large gusts of wind can cause extreme drops in grill temperature so
consider investing in a couple pieces of plywood that can easily be fashioned
in to a windbreak.  Also bear in mind that if you are using a pop-up
canopy as shelter from the rain, the wind can easily set it sailing so invest
in four five gallon
plastic paint buckets
 that
can be filled with water and racket strapped to the corners of the canopy.

Don’t
be so direct
As
previously noted, rain and wind can have dramatic affects on the temperature of
your grill, meaning that getting the perfect sear on a steak is much more
difficult during rough weather.  When preparing to grill in the rain,
consider cuts of meat that are well suited for lower and slower indirect
grilling such as a rack of ribs or a chuck roast or a long simmering dish like
gumbo or chili.  Not only do these allow you to stay warm and dry inside
as they cook, the elimination of the constant opening and closing of the grill
that is required when flipping chicken or burgers also helps maintain a
constant internal grill temperature.

It’s a
Temp Job
Once you’ve got your grill up to temperature, a nice rain proof cover and wind break
in place, and your low-and-slow dish cooking away, consider investing in a
quality dual probe thermometer such as
 this one 
offered by Thermoworks that will allow
you to not only keep an eye on the internal temperature of your meat as well as
the correct temperature of the grill without opening the lid.

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