“Can I Use My Grilla Grill in the Rain?”
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring…Your Grill’s Still Roaring. Unexpected Rain Can Interrupt Your Smokin’ Feast.
Here’s How to Handle.
Every once in a while Mother Nature will come over and ruin even the best laid plans. That can certainly be the case when you’ve planned a long slow cook with your Grilla, Silverbac, or Kong and the rain clouds come to the party. That of course spawns the question “should you use these grills in the rain.”
Grilling in inclement weather depends on a bunch of factors, like the intensity of the storm or the type of grill you own. Let’s take a look at our best tips for grilling in the rain based on the Grilla Grill smoker that sits in your backyard, patio or deck.
Rainy Day Grilling with the Kong
You’re aching to grill on the Kong with every fiber of your being. But the meteorologists are actually right, and storm clouds are on the horizon. What’s a pitmaster to do?
Stop worrying. The Kong will be fine. Since it’s ceramic and doesn’t have electronics, you don’t have to worry about rain. Just be sure you aren’t getting too much wind pushing through the vent at the bottom or too much rain through the vent at the top.
Grilling with Wood Pellet Smokers in the Rain
The Grilla and Silverbac are a different story, however. We do not recommend exposing any pellet pit to direct rain for a few reasons. First, of course, is the electrical components. While they likely will not be damaged, it is best to keep them dry as possible.
Secondly, the pellets. Pellets when exposed to water can swell which can then cause jams in the auger mechanism that feeds them to the fire pot. We also recommend keeping your pellets stored in a sealed container to keep any accidental moisture from getting on them. The pellets stored in the hoppers of the Grilla and Silverbac are well covered but always take precautions.
Tried & True Tips
Having said that, have I cooked in the rain with the Grill and Silverbac? Absolutely. The competition world treats us to all sorts of fun variables when cooking. I always carry a couple 10×10 pop ups with me and have even covered the hopper and electronic areas of pellet pits with garbage bags in really bad storms.
Under normal circumstances the weather cover on your back deck or patio will provide plenty of protection from the elements. But if you are cooking and Mama Nature shows up, I recommend getting the grills under some form of cover and out of the direct rain as soon as possible.
Five Tips for Grilling Safely in the Rain
You can’t 100% rain proof a barbecue unless it’s under a shelter, so definitely consider investing in a special grill tent. But if not, you can stay dry while grilling and still get a great result with these five tips:
- Babysit the temperature: The coolness of the rain may affect the temperature of the grill. Be sure to check periodically to ensure your heat is on.
- Stay under an umbrella: Unless you have an assistant, you can’t carry an umbrella and do your pitmaster duties. But you can always make use of a patio umbrella with a sturdy base to shield you from the rain.
- Watch out for the wind: Strong gusts will probably not knock over your smoker, but they could mess with a pop-up tent shelter, umbrella or canopy. Stay on top of windy conditions to avoid problems.
- Go for the pre-cook: Dying for a good sear despite nature’s rainy wrath? Cook your meat most of the way through inside, then use your grill to give it that final tasty touch.
- Protect yourself: Remember to wear appropriate clothes. Who wants to deal with a soggy pitmaster?
Forget about staying in the kitchen when it gets a little damp. With some planning, you can conquer the humidity and have a barbecue feast.