How to Grill in the Off-Season

Grill marks don't expire in September; keep the flame alive by grilling all year long
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Fall days are just right for an outdoor feast.

Spice up game-day grilling by marinating meat overnight in oddball combos: Try beer and maple syrup for beef, orange soda and soy sauce for chicken, and red wine and fig preserves for pork or lamb.

Wild American shrimp from the Gulf and South Atlantic are in season through the fall. Grill skewers of peeled, deveined shrimp and serve hot with a squeeze of lime for the perfect supper starter.

As the temperatures start falling, so do the leaves. Sweep the ground around the grill as needed to avoid fire hazards.

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Isn't the best cure for a cold day a big ol' fire?

Hit department and specialty stores for deals on grills and gadgets like rib racks, skewers and tongs. Then break in your new gear by grilling the holiday bird.

Items that fall through the grates of an outdoor grill are perfect for grill pans. Think green beans or thinly sliced carrots. Grill strips of pita bread or tortillas to make chips and, for dessert, grill grapes and dust with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Preheat your grill twice as long as usual and keep the lid closed and vents open during cooking. Also, check out for a grilling timeline customized to doneness, prep time and the outdoor temperature -- it'll even tell you where to place each cut of meat!

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The produce is sprouting, and the frost is thawing -- on the ground and on the grill cover.

According to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, beef is most affordable during spring -- 7 percent below the year's highest prices. Grill-friendly cuts like tenderloin and ground beef are sold at their lowest prices in May. Stock up!

Toast the warmth with friends and grilled cocktails. Grill lemon, lime or orange wedges for about 30 seconds per side, then use to garnish spring drinks like the April Shower (1 ounce brandy + 1/4 ounce Bénédictine + 1 ounce orange juice) or Income Tax Cocktail (1 ounce gin + 1/4 ounce each sweet and dry vermouth + 1 ounce orange juice + dash of angostura bitters). Shake each in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strain into glasses.

Trying to avoid April showers by grilling under an overhang or too close to the house can be dangerous. Instead, grill items that can cook with the lid closed and that don't need extra attention like pork tenderloin and lamb chops.

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