I understand that winter is normal and that I shouldn't hate mother nature. Fair. But that doesn't mean I'm not gonna fire up the barbecue and make awesome ribs no matter what time of year it is.
The problem is that standing outside in the winter sucks. You need to stay warm, entertain your guests, and actually get the grilling done. Here's how you're going to do it without freezing or boring your guests to death.
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This is a barbecue, so, obviously, you're going to need a grill. You've got a lot of options, but if you want something that's tough enough to withstand the worst weather at a reasonable price, Charbroil grills are the way to go. They're made from heavy duty steel, and they're just as good for grilling as smoking your meat. $250
Cold guests are unhappy guests, but luckily the restaurant industry devised a way to keep outdoor patrons warm. Outdoor winter comfort is as simple as a 41,000 BTU patio heater. $200
A party without music is not a party, but your average iPod dock just isn't going to hold up so well in the snow or the extreme cold. Russound told me its AirGo Airplay speaker would withstand a blizzard and still sound stupendous. $400
Barbecue is cooking, which means doing things with your hands. Big clunky gloves will kill your dexterity so we suggest you get a pair of the hardcore gloves used by athletes. If they help you wield cooking implements half as well as pro-skiers wield poles, you'll be in good shape. $50
When the wind picks up and the weather gets too cold your Bic and your book of restaurant matches aren't going to cut it to light the the charcoals. Zippos fare a little bitter, but if you want to make extra sure you've got fire when you need it, go with the Windmill Stormproof lighter. $45
On certain days, the weather might just be too harrowing for your guests, so they'll be waiting inside while you cook up the goods. No matter how expert your skills at the grill are, you're going to need a hand—or at least additional supplies—so a set of walkie talkies is essential. $55
Yup. The world's oldest remedy against cold and boredom. Keep plenty it on hand. Priceless