You're in good company if you cook over fire year-round.

Keep On Grilling Throughout Fall
Credit: Beth Dreiling / Styling: Cari South / Food Styling: Angela Sellers

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A nip in the air never stops a Southerner from firing up the grill for a great supper. Grilling adds flavor to food, makes for easy cleanup, and can be a low-fat way of cooking. Just remember that the colder it is outside, the longer it takes to heat the grill. Don't close the vents thinking that will keep heat in; it actually cuts off the oxygen needed for gas and charcoal fires to burn. Instead, turn the temperature dials up slightly, avoid opening and closing the lid unnecessarily, and plan for a few extra minutes of cooking time, if needed.

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"Keep On Grilling Throughout Fall" is from the October 2005 issue of Southern Living.