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10 reasons why you should barbecue in the winter

Sure, it's freezing out but that doesn't mean you shouldn't fire up the grill. Here's why.

Fondly missing summer backyard afternoons spent over the open flame? There’s no reason not to be barbecuing in winter, suggests the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA).

“While grilling is a common pastime during the spring and summer, there are more and more barbecuers using their grills and smokers year-round,” said Jack Goldman, president and CEO, HPBA. “Whether it’s winter in Victoria, BC or South Florida, you can’t beat barbecuing to give foods extra flavour and explore culinary ideas at your next get-together.”

Want more reasons to fire up the cue this winter? Here are 10 from the HPBA.

1. Enjoy simple comfort foods. You can explore soups, stews, casseroles and chili over the grill during the cooler, darker months.

2. Throw the ultimate Super Bowl party. Join the 28 per cent of grill owners who barbecue on one of the biggest eating occasions of the year.

3. Kick post-NFL blues. Use your open Sunday afternoon to throw out the playbook, and try a new barbecue recipe for your home team.

4. Be different. Friends and neighbours will take note when you’re searing steaks in freezing weather, quickly earning you a stand-out reputation.

5. Cure cabin fever. Feeling cooped up? Get outside and fire up your barbecue for a complete family dinner.

6. ROI. As a year-round griller, you’ll be getting more bang (and barbecue) for your backyard investment.

7. Switch up from the crockpot. Almost every meal we cook in our crockpots can be prepared low and slow in a Dutch oven on your grill or smoker.

8. Dine in with your Valentine. Surprise your flame with juicy lobster tails or a Rack of Lamb fixed in your own backyard.

9. Stay warm. It’s more fun to stand by a warm flame when it’s 0 degrees than 30 degrees.

10. Don’t be left in the cold. According to a recent survey, nearly half of all grill/smoker owners cook out at least once a month during the winter.

Learn more about winter barbecuing at www.WinterBarbecuing.com HPBA’s website dedicated to celebrating and inspiring backyard barbecuing during the coldest months.