Grub for the grill

Firing up the grill makes a delicious and easy meal for any get together, and what better place to entertain than the great outdoors?

Need a few ideas? We’ve rounded up some tasty grill fare:

Where’s the beef?

Grilled Sirloin Steaks with Pepper and Caper Salsa – Do sirloin steaks up right with the sweet and smokey flavour of peppers and briny capers from Weeknights with Giada by Giada De Laurentiis.

Rib Eye Steak with a Roasted Tomato, Peanut and Jalapeno Relish – Dress up a classic grilled steak with this tomato jalapeno relish.

Strip Steaks with Tomato and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette – Top a great steak with a this chunky, flavourful vinaigrette.

Marinated Strip Steaks with Gorgonzola Sauce – Up the wow factor at your next barbeque with this tasty marinade and sauce pairing.

The Rickard’s Cottage Burger – Spare a can of brew for a tasty sauce to top your burgers.

Beef Sliders stuffed with California Walnuts and Gorgonzola – Crunchy California walnuts, tender beef and gooey Gorgonzola make the perfect trio for these sliders.

Beyond beef

Scallop-Beef Skewers with Coriander Pesto – The sun is shining and we know you’ve got better things to do than slave away in the kitchen. Treat yourself to this quick and tasty meal on your grill.

Tex-Mex Black Bean Burgers – Looking for something new for the grill? Try turkey and black beans for a change.

Grilled Butterflied Homegrown Ontario Turkey Breast – Bake it or grill it, this zesty marinade makes it easy to enjoy turkey any time.

Grilled Marinated Lamb, Feta, Red Onion and Spinach Salad – Easy Greek style lamb salad. Don’t worry — it’s quick too!

Santa Fe Style Lamb Steaks with Avocado Salsa – Lamb gets an update with the healthy fats of avocado and the flavours of the South West.

Beer n’ Smokin’ Stampede BBQ Ribs – Simmering the ribs in beer imparts a real beer flavour to the meat. All the better to accentuate the bourbon, coffee and chipotle flavours of the sauce!

Ontario Peach-Glazed Ribs – Try this family-friendly, finger-licking treat for your next cookout – no fuss required!

Meatless marvels

Portobello Mushroom, Goat Cheese and California Walnut Sliders – These meatless mini-burgers are sure to please with walnuts, goat cheese and caramelized onions.

Halloumi Kebabs – Marinated halloumi cheese and vegetables make an easy and tasty meatless option for the grill.

Marinated Mushroom and Veggie Kabobs – Enjoy alone, or make it the perfect partner for your grilled meats this season.

Stuffed Brioche French Toast –  With cream cheese and fresh fruit, this decadent brunch treat cooks up right on your grill.

Grilled Spicy Watermelon – Watermelon wedges are grilled until caramelized, drizzled with garlic chili sauce and garnished with cilantro.


Back to basics

Sometimes a basic rub or marinade will do the trick. Here are two easy recipes, submitted by reader, JSC788.

Balsamic Marinade for Vegetables or Chicken

1 cup olive oil
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup red wine
1 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together a day in advance. Use to marinate vegetables and chicken prior to cooking as desired.

Barbeque Dry-Rub Seasoning for Meats and Seafood

1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon sage, ground
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons chilli powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons celery seed, ground
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 cups salt

Combine of all ingredients together. Rub on meat or seafood.

And finally, when you need a little help choosing the right summer sipper, we’ve got some tips for choosing the Best wines for the barbecue.