Get glazing: the best recipes for your Summer BBQ

Summer is on the horizon, meaning it’s time to get your BBQ out of its winter hibernation and ready to feed people some delicious food. BBQs are a time where great food brings togethers family and friends in the great outdoors, whether it’s in your back garden or in a gorgeous parkland. 

Sometimes BBQs can become samey, always going for burgers or sausages. But we have some maple recipes for you to use that pack a punch and will liven up your next BBQ: 

Masterful Mains  

Chicken thighs are a wonderful cut of meat to use on the BBQ, packed with much more flavour than a regular chicken breast. Our harissa and maple BBQ chicken thigh recipe marinates chicken thighs in a sweet, smoky and spicy mixture that uses pure Canadian maple syrup for at least two hours, but preferably overnight to ensure those flavours develop. When cooking the thighs, you know they’re ready when they are golden and have charred edges to add that classic BBQ flavour. 

If you are feeding pescatarians, or fancy something other than meat on your BBQ, then a sizzling maple king prawn skillet a tasty option for you. This recipe uses a hot skillet on top of your BBQ to make sure you don’t lose any of your precious king prawns. The king prawns are marinated in a blend of paprika, garlic, chilli, and amber maple syrup and only need 2-3 minutes cooking on each side. This makes them quick and easy, as well as deliciously inviting. 

Chicken wings are a BBQ classic and are the ultimate finger food for a summer BBQ. Our maple glazed chicken wings with BBQ sauce are cooked so they are succulent and sticky – the perfect combinations when talking about wings. You may be intimidated by the long ingredients list for this recipe, but when you try these wings, you will understand why. This recipe even contains our favourite BBQ sauce recipe for you to try that includes the sweetness of maple syrup.  

Sizzling Sides  

There are a million and one options for scrumptious sides at a BBQ, and we think our red cabbage, tahini and maple slaw is a healthy, fresh and crunchy option. Packed with a rainbow of vegetables, this vegetable slaw is elevated by the tahini, lemon and maple syrup dressing. 

Now for the carbs. Potato salad is a BBQ staple, but why not mix up your potato side option and make our maple parmesan and garlic potato parcels. Believe us, these potatoes are just as mouth-wateringly delicious as they sound. Cook the potatoes in an aluminium foil parcel on your BBQ, but make sure you put them on first as they can take up to 45 minutes depending on the temperature of your BBQ. 

But what about condiments? Why not try your hand at making your own maple mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is a must-have at a BBQ, beautifully accompanying chicken, potatoes and more. You don’t even need that many ingredients, just egg yolks, maple mustard, white vinegar, rapeseed or olive oil and salt to taste. Adding maple syrup to your mayonnaise recipe gives a subtle sweetness to the dip, perfect for dipping your maple parmesan and garlic potatoes in to. 


So, if you have a BBQ on the horizon in weekends to come, make sure to use one of these recipes, or if you are still looking for inspiration browse more of our maple syrup recipes here. 

Did you know ?

Québec exports its maple products to more than 50 countries.

Everywhere it goes, consumers of all ages appreciate maple’s unique flavour.

Scientists are studying maple’s potential health benefits.

Studies now underway include those on the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols naturally present in maple syrup.

Maple syrup can be used as a sugar substitute in most recipes.

In cake and most dessert recipes, for each 250ml (1 cup) of syrup used, simply reduce the stipulated amount of liquid (water, milk, juice, etc.) by 60ml (1/4 cup).

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.