Fighting Back Winter Weather One Grill at a Time

Taken during the last snowfall in my backyard.
Taken during the last snowfall in my backyard.

Old Man Winter has officially become a guest who has overstayed his welcome. Don’t get me wrong, I had my fair share of fun sipping on tummy-warming drinks, sledding, snowman-building, sipping drinks while sledding and snowman-building and sipping drinks. But it’s almost April, come on!

So, last night, buoyed by a spot of sunlight, we decided to defy the near-freezing temperatures and fire up the grill for the first time since last fall. Grills were scrubbed; potatoes were on; peppers and onions tossed in olive oil, a touch of balsamic vinegar, minced garlic and fresh rosemary; steaks were seasoned and ready.

Then poof, poof, poof. The burners went off one by one.

Touché Old Man Winter. Touché.

But I struck back by flipping on the oven broiler and by sheer force of will pretended that it’s more than just technically spring. I’ve resolved to move along the seasonal weather by sheer force of will. And I’ve decided that if we all just decide that it’ll get warmer, it really will. (It’s doable, I swear.)

Do I have a point? Not really. But this is probably a good time to add a reminder to get your grill ready for barbecue season. Oh, and get your gas tank filled up if you have a gas grill.

A couple sites online have tips for preparing the grill for spring: and seemed to have some useful tips.