Kayem of Fenway Franks fame offers tips on winter-time grilling

A bit of snow on the barbie? No problem. Just brush it off and grill up those brats and hot dogs.

So suggests Kayem Foods Inc., a Chelsea firm known for its Fenway Franks --- as well as for its brats, traditional Italian sausage, and deli meats.


In Kayem’s view, a true New England barbecue buff is undeterred by a mere blizzard. When the hankering is heavy for Polska kielbasa or a Pale Ale Brat, such hearties are not daunted by snow, sleet --- or even the dreaded wintry mix.

So as a public service of sorts, Kayem recently issued its “Hot Tips for Cold Weather BBQ.” In putting together this winter primer for outdoor cooking, Kayem consulted with “grill master” Brendan Burek of New England BBQ & Catering.

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Among those tips: Shield the Goods. The number one winter grilling enemy is not cold temperatures, but wind. Position your grill so wintry blasts aren’t an issue. But never grill in your garage. Indoor grilling, Kayem says, creates the twin risks of fire hazards and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Avoid complex dishes, Kayem and Burek suggest. When in the al fresco uberchef mode, it’s a good idea for the cold-weather grill-meister to keep it simple.

Wear the right outfit.


“Even the quick run from the door to the grill can be a chilly one,” Kayem and Burek said in their winter grilling advisory. “You want to bundle up, but make sure you’re always aware of grill safety. Loose clothing and draping scarves can easily fall into the line of fire. Grab a pair of gloves with removable fingertips for the best grilling mobility.”

To encourage winter grilling, Kayem is inviting folks to submit photos of themselves “grilling in the chill” on Kayem’s Facebook page. Folks submitting a photo may be eligible for a chance to win a brand new grill and a Kayem grill pack, Kayem said.

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