Am I the only one crazy enough to fire up the grill regularly in the winter?
The reason I ask is I ran across a foodnetwork.com poll in which 79% say they're "ready to light up the grill now rather than wait until Memorial Day weekend." Six percent won't be grilling until the holiday weekend. Who are these wimps that have to wait until Memorial Day? I grill all year round. I admit it's not a whole lot of fun when the wind chill is below zero, but you just run real fast into and out of the house to check on the food. It can be done.
By the way, that same poll shows charcoal is king. Nearly 60% say food made on a charcoal grill tastes better than on a gas grill. I agree - I'm a charcoal grill guy, although I used to own a gas grill. From a convenience standpoint, gas grills are nice. You just turn the knob and wait for it to heat up. But I found I couldn't walk away from the gas grill for very long or we'd end up having ashes for dinner. So eventually I went to charcoal and plan on staying with it.
As far as what kind of food people like to grill, hot dogs, burgers and steaks top the list. But the poll does indicate 25% would like to perfect grilling beef roasts, while 18% would like to grill turkeys and pizza. Sounds good, but a word of advice if you're going to try something more adventurous. You learn how to grill these other types of food through trial and error. Therefore, keep something else to eat on stand-by just in case.