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mdk2176 11-14-2012 07:48 AM

pit grilling in the winter
Hi guys. I have a in ground pit that I built a couple years ago. I have only used it in the summer and it works great. I would like to cook thanksgiving turkey in the pit this year. The ground is not frozen, but the temps for next week are supposed to be below freezing. Has anyone here ever pit grilled in freezing temps? Any advice would be great. Thanks

GreenDrake 11-14-2012 07:56 AM

Shouldn't be an issue at all as long as you maintain consistent grill temps. Are you going indirect or direct?

Mark 11-14-2012 11:03 AM

It sounds risky to me.

chad 11-14-2012 11:09 AM

For a traditional ground pit the main issue would be to get it hot early and keep it that way though out the cook period. I'd start early and with a big fire to heat things up. Good luck.

luke duke 11-14-2012 11:21 AM

You might also want something to cover your bird with. A big kettle lid would work.

MisterChrister 11-14-2012 11:26 AM

I've never done much cooking on in-ground pits, but wish you luck with your turkey! It sounds like quite an adventure! Please post pics, I'd love to see it

Garyclaw 11-14-2012 11:31 AM

Ooooo! Do it! The big fire started early sounds like good advice to me.

Got any pics of the pit? Love to see it.

gtr 11-14-2012 11:50 AM

+1 - would love to see that! :hungry:

cowgirl 11-14-2012 11:57 AM

If you're talking about an underground pit, I've used them in the winter. Just make sure you burn enough wood to have a good deep hot coal bed to last through the cook.
If you mean an inground pit with the racks above the fire, just leave the ends of the pit open to be able to add more wood if needed.

mdk2176 11-14-2012 12:53 PM

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Thanks guys I will use an extra deep coal bed. I will also post some pics of the finished bird.

JerBQ 11-14-2012 01:16 PM

That's a great looking pit! Just added another thing on my "To Build" list. Just what I needed:roll: Good luck with the bird, looking forward to some pics.

K-Train 11-14-2012 01:29 PM

That's awesome

Wampus 11-14-2012 03:19 PM


I just saw an episode of "Man, Fire, Food" recently where they used a pit like that. Sort of a "barbacoa" eh?

Good luck with the turkey. POST PRON!

Cayman1 11-14-2012 03:31 PM

Crap! Another bbq project. Fine looking pit.

Ijustwantedtolookatpics 11-14-2012 04:41 PM

Wow great pit!
Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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