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6 Ideas to Save a Rained Out Summer Barbecue

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM
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6 Ideas to Save a Rained Out Summer Barbecue

Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham on July 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

If there is anything more depressing than a rained out summer barbecue, I can't imagine what it is. OK, so maybe I exaggerate a bit. But there is no doubt that a rained out fiesta can be a major cause of dread and stress. But it doesn't have to be. 

As a woman who lives in a city and has approximately zero outdoor space during the week, I am the queen of indoor barbecuing and, let me assure you, it's better than it seems.

If you have days to prepare thanks to a handy weather report, then it's easy. But sometimes you have just hours. Either way, here are some ideas to make your indoor "barbecue" sizzle in the rain:

  • Grill in the garage: If your garage has a little overhang like many do, then you are in the clear! Just roll your grill to that overhang and fire it up. It's probably best not to bring the grill into the garage for obvious safety reasons, but this overhang idea is a good one. Bonus points: If it's storming, it's a great way to watch the rain fall.
  • Broil the ribs: No less than favorite food master Mark Bittman wrote a tantalizing piece for The New York Times on broiled ribs. Having had them, let me assure you: The grill has NOTHING on these babies. 
  • Indoor grill, baby: I am all about the indoor grill. Yes, mine is a large one and we do 99 percent of our grilling on it. I would swear the burgers are just as good.
  • Sloppy joes: If you have the meat, why not make sloppy joes? They are easy enough, go with the same sides, and feed a lot of people at once.
  • Microwave s'mores: If you have never microwaved a marshmallow, you are missing out! They get big, puff up (um, don't let them explode!), and while they lack the burned goodness, they have all the gooey appeal and taste just as good.
  • Crock-Pot loving: If you have time to plan, why not make pulled pork in the Crock-Pot. It also works for brisket sandwiches and pulled beef and all are delicious!

Now boil up some corn, fix some coleslaw, and delicious indoor cooking isn't so hard!

What do you do on a rainy day barbecue?

by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM
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andrea96
by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

We cook all of our barbecue in the smoker, which is on our covered porch. We still grill burgers and steaks in the rain.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jul. 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

We'll do almost all of the above.

lillucky8
by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM
We would prob still do the grilling outside just have the shindig inside
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SweetLuci
by Platinum Member on Jul. 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM

 We have a large screened-in porch, so that's where we grill, and entertain, rain or not. It's actually nice when it rains, because it's cool hearing the rain on the metal roof and watching the rain over the river.

La-Belle-Vie
by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM
I still grill.
Ive been known to grill in the rain, shine and snow.
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jessicasmom1
by Platinum Member on Jul. 2, 2012 at 3:53 PM

the grill is on the porch let it rain

Kelly913
by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

We don't get enough rainy days for this to be an issue.  Though last year we had a get together at a friends and we did get rain-we just enjoyed the cooler temps under cover of the patio. 

VanBurren
by on Jul. 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM
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Quoting La-Belle-Vie:

I still grill.
Ive been known to grill in the rain, shine and snow.

 The ex and I would grill in any kind of weather, too:)  There's nothing better than delicious bbq in the snow!! lol

aenima49
by on Jul. 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Good ideas!

lillucky8
by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 8:48 AM
Turns out this is very appropriate for today! Its been raining all morning!
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