Calling all BBQ enthusiasts! Now is the time to show off your skills and be in with a chance of winning some very special prizes.
Canada Day (1st July), is known for its family BBQ feasts. To celebrate, we’ll be having our own Maple Backyard BBQ and we want you to do the same.
We’re challenging you to get your grill on and share pictures of your own maple BBQ. All you have to do is use pure Canadian maple syrup in one of your BBQ dishes and post a picture on Instagram by Sunday 12th July. Make sure to tag @maplecanadauk and @hangfirebbq and use the hashtag #MapleBackyardBBQ. Find out more here and access our ultimate BBQ toolkit.
To get you started, our very own queens of the BBQ and Maple from Canada’s UK chef ambassadors, Sam and Shauna, share their tips and tricks for a flaming summer feast.
A natural spark
Don’t use chemical lighter fluid to start your BBQ. It’ll make your food taste nasty. There are better products on the market from electric starters to little flamers.
Take the indoors, outdoors
Using a lid on your BBQ, helps you turn your grill into an oven. Anything you can cook indoors, you can cook outdoors. Just put coals on one side of your BBQ to avoid over-heating – this is called indirect cooking.
Make life easier for yourself
The aftermath of a BBQ can be a messy job. To speed-up the clean-up, place a baking sheet covered with foil underneath your grates. This will trap any falling food or grease and once cool can be easily be thrown away.
Tin foil also comes in handy as a low-cost grate cleaner. Scrunch up a ball of foil and scrub any blackened areas. It works wonders on burnt grease and fat and saves you from using multiple sponges.
Consider using larger pieces of meat and veg for the BBQ. They may take longer to cook but they’re usually more forgiving to cook as they don’t get over charred as easily. There’s also plenty more to share!
Cook to perfection
An instant read thermometer is an essential for cooking meat on the BBQ. The temperature should be 75C or above. This helps to take the guess work out of cooking and ensures your star ingredient is perfect every time.
Competition entries will be judged by Sam and Shauna and the winner will be announced on Maple from Canada’s social channels. Prizes include a BBQ cooking masterclass with Maple from Canada’s UK brand ambassador Chef David Colcombe and copies of the Hang Fire cookbook and the brand new maple cookbook Cooking with maple, naturally.
A natural source of energy
Maple syrup is a natural source of energy. Check out our recipes for food and drinks before, during, and after exercise.