Across Canada, the May holiday weekend has long been considered the unofficial beginning of summer, and Canadians’ favourite way to celebrate has always been rolling out the grill and throwing a nice big barbeque. After a long winter, most of us can’t wait to spend a lazy afternoon on the back patio, enjoying good food and good conversation. If you want to start the season off with a bang, here are three tips for throwing a truly memorable barbeque:
- Think Beyond Burgers And Hotdogs
While Canadians love their barbeque, they have not developed the kind of distinct barbeque cuisine that has made Missouri, Texas, and the Carolinas Meccas for meat lovers. There is nothing wrong with a good hamburger or hotdog, but if you really want to take your barbeque game up a notch consider diversifying your grill and checking out some more adventurous recipes, like buffalo steaks, rib roasts, and wild-caught fish.
It might take a little more planning, but venturing out into slow cooking options like brisket or pulled pork can also be a great way to push your culinary boundaries and double down on great barbeque flavours.
- Source Your Meat From Local Providers
When it comes to getting the most out of a barbeque, meat quality is paramount. No matter how artfully you season it, or how much barbeque sauce you use, your guests will be able to tell right away if you’re cooking with low-grade meat. This is why it is important to make sure you are only using fresh, locally raised meat that is antibiotic-free and has no added hormones. If you want to find affordable, quality meat, try a local steak delivery service that specializes in Ontario-raised meat and offers flexible delivery options.
Using a delivery service is one of the easiest ways to make sure you are getting the freshest possible product, and if you are holding your long weekend barbeque at the cottage, choosing a company like truLOCAL that can deliver anywhere in Ontario is a must.
- Get Creative With The Sides
While meat is always the main event, assembling a strong supporting cast of classic side dishes like fried okra, baked beans, or macaroni and cheese will give your barbeque a sense of authenticity and tradition. Alternatively, get creative with an exciting range of refreshing summer salads. Old favourites like Greek, Caesar, and potato salads are a good place to start, but if you really want to get your guests attention, you should introduce more adventurous options like lentil and roasted pepper or radish, pear, and goat cheese salads.
There is nothing quite like a good May long weekend barbeque to start the summer off right. After spending months indoors, most Canadians can’t wait to toss on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, crack a cold drink, and relax on the back patio with friends, family, and neighbours. If you really want to impress your guests with some next-level barbeque, get creative with different types of meat, make sure it is sourced locally, and don’t skimp on the sides. It will set a high bar for the rest of the season!