Are you firing up the grill for Valentine’s Day dinner?


Check out these suggestions from Napoleon Gourmet Grills:

Grill a Valentine’s Feast to Remember

There is a lot of pressure to get it right on Valentine’s Day – the right meal, the right ambiance, the right romance.

But at the end of the day, it is about making that special someone in your life feel, well, special. That doesn’t mean you have to shell out for the most expensive, exclusive restaurant in town or go heavy on the gifts. With a little investment of time, you can build the right ambiance in your own home, and spoil your Valentine with a home-prepared meal on your backyard grill.

“There is the Valentine’s Day stereotype of a couple seated across the table of a dimly-lit fancy restaurant, enjoying a chef-prepared dinner,” says Stephen Schroeter, Senior Vice President of Napoleon Gourmet Grills. “But the romance is much more real if you recreate that atmosphere in your home — think setting up a table in front of your roaring fireplace — take on the mantle of the chef and put your heart and soul into the meal you serve your loved one.”

When grilling in the winter, there are some things you should take into consideration. Schroeter offers the following advice for premium backyard winter grilling:

Be patient. Winter grilling is different than throwing some burgers on the barbecue in the middle of July. Cold air temperatures mean it will take longer for your grill to reach optimum cooking temperature, and every time you open the lid you will lose valuable heat.

Pick a good menu. Only you know what your Valentine likes and dislikes, so plan the menu accordingly. Steak is always a good option, or a rotisserie chicken smoked with woodchips. Dating a vegetarian? Grilled vegetables or vegetable shish-kabobs are a winner, as are burgers that use portabello mushroom caps in place of meat patties. Speaking of portabello mushroom caps, they are great stuffed and grilled as well!

Clear the snow. No matter how cold it is, do not set up your barbecue in your garage, shed or any enclosed space. This increases the chances that are you will be grilling in the snow, but that is part of the experience — and even an expression of your dedication to your Valentine! Position the grill near your door and make sure you have shoveled a clear, safe path to your grill.

Get the right equipment. Heat resistant gloves will both keep your hands warm and protect you from the heat of the grill. With the early arrival of darkness in winter, chances are you will need additional light. If your BBQ doesn’t come equipped with it’s own light, there are lights you can attach to your grill, or even to your spatula. If you are cooking a big cut of meat like a roast or whole chicken, a digital termometer allows you to monitor the temperature of your meat from the comfort of your warm living room.

Kath’s quote: “Grilling, broiling, barbecuing – whatever you want to call it – is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach.”-James Beard

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