5 Reasons Fall Is Actually the Best Time to Grill

updated May 1, 2019
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Summer may be over, but that’s not a good reason to put the grill away for the year. Sure, there might be a slight chill in the air, but that’s even more reason to warm up by the cooking fire. Even with a grill pan on the stove, it’s hard to replicate the grill lines and flavor that comes from an outdoor grill. Here are five reasons you should make the grill your go-to in fall.

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1. You can grill fall vegetables.

Fall produce is full of hearty and sturdy vegetables including carrots, turnips, rutabaga, potatoes, and so many kinds of squash. Cut slabs or planks of fall vegetables and they’ll stay together just fine. Charred grill marks on squash or carrots are something you didn’t even know you were missing.
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2. Tailgating season is here.

Tailgating without some kind of food is unheard of, and even more so without the grill. Burgers, brats, and hot dogs are bound to make an appearance. If you keep the grill out for nothing else, let it be the delicious fare made for football.

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3. You can bake on the grill.

You didn’t read that incorrectly. Yes, you can actually bake on the grill. Casseroles, cobblers, and bread bake up beautifully on indirect heat. Plus, the grill adds a smokiness to the finished recipe that you’ll never achieve in the oven.

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4. The grill can slow-cook, too.

For cooler days, consider the grill for slow-cooking larger and tougher cuts of meat. On indirect heat, you can cook a roast or barbecue a brisket low and slow for hours. Plus, you only have to check on it a few times, so being outside for the majority of the cook time is optional.

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5. Don’t forget dessert.

Grilled slices of fall fruit, like apples and pear, is a quick and easy dessert. To make them extra special, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar in the last few minutes of cooking and watch them caramelize. Serve with a scoop of ice cream for extra indulgence.