BBQ Tips & Recipes

Wednesday December 16, 2015

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Looking for a creative and homemade gift to give the dads in your life this Fathers' Day? A homemade grill seasoning or BBQ spice mix may just be the perfect thing for you. Below are some of our favourite combinations, but you can always make your own with a little bit of creativity and some high quality spices.

The All Canadian - Flavours from the Great White North

3 tbsp maple flakes or maple sugar

1 tbsp  sea-salt

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp onion powder

2 tbsp apple powder, or dehydrated and ground apple

1 tbsp dried thyme

1 tbsp dried sage

2 tbsp mustard powder


The Classic - BBQ Flavour at Its Finest

2 tbsp cup brown sugar

2 tbsp cup sea salt

4 tbsp mustard powder

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp dried thyme

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tbsp spanish paprika (mild or hot)

1 tbsp celery salt

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper (omit or reduce to control the heat)


The Mojito - A Little Goes A Long Way

2 tbsp salt

2 tsp agave powder

2 tbsp dried mint

2 tbsp dried lime zest, finely minced

1 tbsp dehydrated garlic, lightly crushed

1 tbsp dehydrated onion

1 tsp chili flakes


The Fire Breathing Dragon - Asian Flavours with a Spicy Kick

2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1 tbsp dried ginger

2 tsp coriander

2 tbsp salt

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

2 tsp chili flakes

1 tsp cinnamon


The Pineapple Jerk - A New Twist on an Old Favourite

 1 tbsp pineapple powder

1 tbsp all spice

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

1/2 tbsp salt

2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp thyme

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp dried lime zest


Eco-Friendly BBQ Tips


Use reusable dishware, cutlery and washable cloths instead of napkins. However, if your guest list exceeds your dishware supply, opt for biodegradable, recycled or unbleached picnicware.

Compost! Composting is a great way to reduce waste, however, only compost vegetable scraps and charcoal ashes, as meats, bones, and fish can “overheat” your compost pile, not to mention attract animals.

Have recycling bins on hand.

Clean green. Use an all-natural grill cleaner green to scrub down your grill when the party is over.

Baking soda makes light work of bbq grill cleaning. Simply make a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water. Use a brush to apply and then scrub off. For a deeper clean mix baking soda with vinegar, place grates in a garbage bag, cover in vinegar/soda mixture, close up bag and leave overnight. Wipe off the next day.

Buy local produce and meats


Healthy BBQ Tips:

Use a marinade. Some research suggests that marinating meat (even briefly), and adding onions and garlic,  significantly reduces the formation of potentially cancer-causing chemicals called HCAs (heterocyclic amines).

Leaner cuts of meat will limit flare-ups, which may deposit carcinogens on the meat.

Flip the meat on the grill often. This will help reduce the amount of carcinogens that are potentially deposited on the meat.

Skip the butter on corn on the cob – squeeze a little lime juice instead. You’ll need to try this to believe me, but it is delish.

Keep skins on potatoes for more fibre

Use greek yogurt instead of mayo

Kale chips instead of potato chips

Not that we shy away from grass fed beef on the bbq but if you’re looking for a lighter meal try a different kind of steak – salmon or Portobello mushroom

Fruits and veggies to try on the bbq-  Beyond the typical peppers, mushrooms and onions, many other fruits and vegetables taste great grilled. Try Asparagus, romaine lettuce, pineapple, watermelon, peaches, green beans