Top Tips for Grilling on the Best Ceramic Smoker in the Rain
In this article, I’m going to give you some guidelines on how to master the art of grilling on the best ceramic smoker in the rain. It just takes a little creativity, some common sense, and a little planning.
Here are some ideas to protect you and your grill from the rain:
1. patio umbrella
This is the cheapest solution. Look for the largest umbrella you can find and make sure you can tie it up or hold it down for strong winds. The 5-gallon wet sand bucket holds umbrellas and tarps well.
2. BBQ Canopy
It’s the same idea as a gazebo or shelter, just smaller, usually a canopy of material over a metal frame that’s just big enough to cover the barbecue, not the seating and dining area.
3. Retractable awning
Retractable awnings are a welcome addition to any deck or patio. Not only do they shield you and your grill from wind and snow, but they also provide plenty of shade on hot summer days.
4. A permanent covered BBQ station
For those who like to cook outdoors, a covered grill is the ideal treatment for a rain grill. This is the most expensive solution but can add value to the property if done well. You need to consult professional designers and installers to integrate your needs and ideas.
5. Tarp Tent or Dining Fly Tent
Scout Solutions. It’s a camping solution that’s been around since humans first started grilling in the rain. Look for flame retardant or flame retardant tarps. Never use plastic sheets. It melts easily and catches fire. If placing the grill underneath, be sure to hang the tarp at least 6 feet above the grill surface.
Whichever solution you choose, make sure there is at least 6 feet of clearance between the grill and the roof. Heat and outbreaks can easily cause fires. Gas grill outbreaks are more common than you might think!
That’s why we don’t recommend building structures like snow shelters for cars with poly covers. Also, most backyard sheds are too small. They can quickly fill with dangerous fumes, and the ceilings are too low.
Now, move on: Wet and slippery weather can slow you down. Lower temperatures and windy conditions can affect your grill heat, cooking time, and food quality. To overcome these culinary challenges, here’s a tip.
Precook to reduce your time in the rain
Why not precook your meals in the rain? Follow our guide for tips on how to grill indoors, the reverse searing method for burgers and steaks. You simply place them in the low oven until the internal temperature reaches 120°F (49°C), then finish scorching on the grill.
No one will know that you haven’t been standing in the rain all the time and the meat will be perfect medium rare and nicely grilled on the grill.
If you knew in advance that it was going to rain, why not change the menu to something that could be low and slow-cooked like brisket, whole chicken, or pork chops?
This will save you from having to continuously monitor fast-cooking foods like steaks and burgers. It’s not fun to babysit in the rain and miss all the social events or football games.
If you’re serving vegetables, wrap them in foil along with all the ingredients. You can put them in the oven or let them cook slowly on the grill. Even if you open the lid often, the foil will retain the heat and flavor inside.
The wind is your enemy
If the wind is flipping your burgers for you, it’s time to make a windbreak. Patio umbrellas and BBQ canopies do nothing for wind protection. Even a covered grill and awning won’t help if the wind is blowing from the wrong direction.
You can use plywood or a similar material to set up a basic wall or windshield to block the wind. Just make sure it’s stable enough that it won’t fall on anyone or the grill.
Better temperature control
The combination of wind and rain will lower the temperature of the grill the same way you blow a spoonful of hot soup to cool it down. If you are using charcoal, you will need to start earlier and add more to maintain the temperature. Charcoal absorbs moisture making it harder to ignite.
Gas grills are prone to burst burners due to strong winds. If this happens, be sure to turn off the gas and open the lid for a few minutes to allow the gas to escape before relighting.
In inclement weather, you’ll find a remote wireless thermometer an indispensable tool. You can monitor grill and food temperature while staying warm and dry. This technique works well for low and slow smoking, but for high heat grilling, you’ll want to check the food every few minutes to prevent burning.
Watch your vents and see where they face. Is the wind or rain blowing directly to either of them? Be sure to turn them off or turn the grill in a different direction.
Grilling in the rain has its benefits
Rainy days mean humid air. Humidity reduces evaporation, keeping your food moist and juicy for longer.
Also, we tend to grill with the lid closed for weather protection. The extra smoke adds flavor to everything you grill.
So grilling when it’s raining isn’t all bad. Your food will taste better as long as it doesn’t get soggy on the way to the house.
However, grilling in the rain also has challenges and safety hazards. In these cases, you may be making the wrong choice.
Proceed with caution and do not do the following
Grilling in the garage is always a bad idea. It quickly fills with smoke and can leak into the house. But more importantly, the smoke contains carbon monoxide and other ingredients that can kill you.
Not to mention, there’s a fire in your garage, and you probably have a lawnmower and extra gas tank with some gas in it. The spark of a popping coal is enough to ruin your life.
As I said before, if the grill is less than 6 feet taller than the grill, don’t place the grill under a garage door, overhang, or tarp.
Avoid raining directly on food or coal. Not only does rain wet food and cool it off the coals, but wind and large water droplets can sprinkle ash on your food.
That’s another good thing when you’re grilling in the rain.
Planning for rain will make you a better cook
Here are tips for a successful grilling on a rainy day.
•Start the fire earlier and use more charcoal.
•Plan some type of shelter from the rain above and wind from the side.
•Keep the lid closed as much as possible.
•Use a remote thermometer to reduce the time you spend standing in the rain.
•Keep an eye on gas burners so they don’t suddenly go out.
•Precook the meat using the reverse broil method.
•Wrap vegetables in foil and grill at the same time. They will retain heat and moisture.