What Are 5 Slow and Slow Meals for Winter
The fast-paced summer heat is over, and the cold, lazy days of winter are here. How will you spend this season? Will you keep making the same warm weather recipes? Or will you just relax and start pulling out those low and slow cold weather recipes like Mother Nature did?
Turn on your ceramic kamado grill, make a grocery list, and try one of these five “low and slow” foods that are perfect for the colder months ahead.
Table of contents:
•Rosemary Garlic Chicken with Asparagus and Root Vegetables
•Low and Slow Ribs with Smoky Mashed Potatoes and Salad
•Slow Roast Pork with Ranch BBQ Sauce, Macaroni and Cheese
•Grilled Corn Eggplant Vegetable Skewers
•Whole Smoked Ham with Baked Apples and Brussels Sprouts
Rosemary Garlic Chicken with Asparagus and Root Vegetables
Are you trying to avoid gaining those holiday pounds? Want a light meal packed with flavor and vitamins? This meal is perfect for those trying to get through the winter without relying on heavy meals.
Chicken is a lighter alternative to pork and beef, and it grills beautifully on the grill! Whether you have a gas grill or the ultimate charcoal cooker, this meal is the perfect match. Pair it with asparagus and root vegetables, and you’ll be satisfied and ready for a winter nap, but not ready for hibernation.
For the main dish, you need to prepare a chicken overnight. For the sides, use your own roasted asparagus recipe. You can just time it just right so that the chicken comes out with the asparagus. As for those root vegetables? You can bake them. The cooking time for the chicken should be between 2 and 3 hours, so you can plan the vegetables accordingly.
Low and Slow Ribs with Smoky Mashed Potatoes and Salad
The next meal we think you’ll be excited to try is perfect for snowy days, or winter when you’re too lazy to worry about spending time in the kitchen. It’s perfect for casual gatherings, tailgate parties or just a family meal when you’re planning a chilly day at home. Pair it with smoked mashed potatoes and add some salad for a bit of soup flavor.
For the main course, head to Hey Grill Hey to prepare your low and slow ribs for cooking. They need 5 to 6 hours on the grill, so be sure to start early in the day. Once you’ve got them on the grill, it’s time to start your homemade coleslaw. Do this early in the day so the cabbage has time to soften.
Finally, when it’s close to dinner time, you’ll want to start your smoky mashed potatoes. They need about 45 minutes on the grill, so start boiling the water about an hour before dinner.
Slow Roast Pork with Ranch BBQ Sauce, Macaroni and Cheese
Lazy winter days are easy to get through, but if you’re like most people, you’re also feeling the sting of the holiday rush. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Christmas or just want to celebrate the New Year, this meal is perfect. This recipe takes about 4 1/2 hours on the grill, so you can set it and forget it. Get ready for the holidays while smoky to perfection; you won’t have to look at your grill as often for this meal. You can’t go wrong with classic macaroni and cheese.
For the main dish, you need to prepare the meat the day before. Let the meat cool overnight, then in the afternoon of the event, fire the grill.
Not only does this pork roast go with macaroni and cheese, but it goes with it! Serve coarsely chopped pork on top of Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Pair with your favorite beer or champagne.
Grilled Corn Eggplant Vegetable Skewers
You’d be hard-pressed to find a low-and-slow recipe for vegetarians; vegetables are known to be sweeter and more tender roasted at high heat. That being said, you want to please your vegetarian friends and family, so let’s put a meal on the grill for them too. These dishes only take about 30 minutes or so on the grill, so should be tossed at the last minute.
Be careful with your vegetarian friends and those with religious food restrictions. Ask them if they require their food to be cooked completely separately from the meat, or if they can be grilled together. For a little extra protein, extra firm tofu is totally grillable, so add some to your kebabs!
Whether your guests eat each of these dishes or choose just a few of them, we think they’ll love them, paired with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or sparkling cider for those looking for a first drink.
Whole Smoked Ham with Baked Apples and Brussels Sprouts
Our ultimate recipe is for those who want to enjoy a delicious family meal, whether it’s for a vacation or just to enjoy each other’s company. Few people would say no to a good smoked ham, and what better pairing with apples and brussels sprouts?
At 250 degrees it will take about 5 hours for a whole ham to smoke, but you have to check the internal temperature from time to time.
Finally, roasted Brussels sprouts are the perfect pairing with ham and apples. Even those who don’t like baby sprouts will rave about your grill master.