Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you don’t want great BBQ.  Here are some tips to get great BBQ even when it’s cold outside.

cast iron grill pan1. Get a grill pan
Choose a cast-iron grill pan rather than a Panini press-style or other indoor grill. Cast iron holds heat extremely well and the ridges give your food great-looking grill marks.

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2. Prepare the pan properly
The first thing to do before you grill indoors is to pre-season your grill pan if it’s not already pre-seasoned. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, rub some canola or vegetable oil liberally over the pan using a clean cloth or paper towel, then place it in the oven for 30 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the pan sit in the oven until completely cool.

3. Pick the right meat from Prime Meats to grill indoors
The best meat for inside barbecuing are burgers, hot dogs, boneless chicken breasts, steaks, fish fillets, and shrimp. Avoid larger cuts of meats that would need to be covered, like pork shoulders, prime ribs, whole turkeys, or whole chicken.  Also, avoid very fatty meats such as duck breast that can splatter and cause extra smoke.

Note: Whenever you use your indoor grill, oil only your food, not the grill pan. Simply heat the pan over high heat until it begins to smoke; brush your meats, fish, or vegetables with oil and seasonings and then grill according to the recipe.

To keep smoke levels down, try not to over-oil or over-sauce your food. Also, do not press down on foods and squeeze juices out. Not only will that dry out your food, but that can also cause foods to burn and produce more smoke.