Although our Gourmet Workshop products cook up well on the stove, barbecuing them brings out even more delicious flavour.
Here is our best advice for a great barbecue every time!
Start with a clean grill
Before cooking anything on your barbecue, make sure the grill is clean. Remove any food residue and make sure your barbecue is working at its best.
Did you know that metal brushes have been proven to have adverse health effects and are therefore not recommended? Take a look at these simple, cheap alternatives to the traditional brush, and make sure you handle your food with tools that are safe for you, your family and your friends.
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Be a BBQ pro: Temper your meat before putting it on the grill. Tempering the meat (while respecting food safety measures) will give it a more even, pleasing colour.
Preheating your barbecue for five to ten minutes before putting the meat on is another tip to keep under your amateur chef hat. We promise results worthy of the best grill restaurants right from your backyard!
Our AAA Canadian beef tournedos can be tempered 30 minutes before cooking
The ABCs of perfect cooking
Whether you’re cooking sausage, beef tournedos or coq au porc, the first secret to perfect barbecuing is to avoid charring the meat. Using indirect heat will give you a more even temperature, and you will avoid the frustration of seeing your prime cuts of meat engulfed in flames.
- For gas BBQs: Light one side and cook on the other with the lid down.
- For charcoal BBQs: Position the hot coals on one side and cook on the other with the lid down.
Handle with care
A good pair of tongs and a spatula are your best tools for barbecuing. Forget forks—piercing the meat releases juices that are essential to preserve flavour and tenderness. The result: dry, tough, flavourless meat.
How about simplifying some well-known barbecue sides?
While your main is cooking, roughly chop the vegetables you have on hand (zucchini, onion, cauliflower, peppers, etc.), brush them with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill them for two to three minutes on each side. Garnish with a bit of chopped basil and parmesan shavings, and we guarantee your guests will be asking for seconds!
Foil is another good option: Add potatoes, fresh vegetables, butter and seasonings, seal them in aluminum foil and grill them for around 20 to 30 minutes.
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Let the meat rest
Is letting the meat rest essential? Absolutely!
Just remember to check how cooked the meat is before letting it rest—its temperature will continue to rise, so it could become overcooked.
Let individual portions rest for five minutes under aluminum foil so they don’t get cold. Let larger pieces of meat rest for 30 minutes.
Why let the meat rest? Letting meat rest after cooking allows the juices to distribute evenly, resulting in exceptional tenderness and flavour. Try it once—you’ll be astounded by the difference.
Thermometers: Useful or useless?
Cooking thermometers are a must-have. Depending on the type of meat, a thermometer can tell you exactly when it is perfectly cooked. Excellent thermometers of various brands and price points can be found at most markets, grocery stores and superstores.
Are you already salivating at the thought of making your next barbecue a true culinary experience?
Visit your grocery store today for freshly cut meat that is marinated with care, and ask your butchers for advice on how exactly to follow the tips listed above. We promise a meal that will make you barbecue royalty!
Recipes Ideas to make on the BBQ :
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