Can you believe that summer is nearly over!? We love to celebrate the short but sweet Canadian summer with friends, family, the great outdoors, and of course, your backyard BBQ! With Ramadan falling in the first part of summer, our BBQ days are limited, so make these last few weekends count before Back to School!
The best part about eating outside is spending time with loved ones and enjoying the warm weather. Focus less on the food and more on the fun with our favourite BBQ hacks.
Prep Your Guests
If you’re doing a potluck, let guests know what to bring so you don’t end up with a table full of desserts, not that there’s anything wrong with that, and no entrees. If you’re inviting guests who don’t typically eat Halal, be sure to send them a quick note or E-vite so they know what to expect and what to bring.
Mason Jar Ice Cream
As much as we love getting big biceps digging up frozen desserts, we’d rather spend less time scooping ice cream and more time eating it. Try scooping just the right amount of ice cream into small mason jars and storing the mason jars in the freezer until you’re ready for dessert. Then it’s zero effort to plop that perfect scoop into a cone or a bowl!
Set Out Bug Spray and Sunscreen
Don’t let bugs or sunburns spoil the fun! Have bug spray and sunscreen set out in buckets for guests to use so that everyone (especially little ones with more sensitive skin) can stay out and enjoy the summer sun. Less burns and bugs means more fun in the sun!
Corn in the Cooler
At a halal BBQ – it’s not a beer cooler, it’s a corn cooker! Save valuable grilling space – just toss shucked corn ears into a cooler, add boiling water, close the lid and wait 30 minutes (just make sure all the valves are closed up first)!
Scent BBQ Charcoal with Herbs
The smell of BBQ is already mouth-watering, but adding bunches of herbs like sage and rosemary (be sure to soak them first) can make your BBQ smell extra delicious. Bonus: not only will these herbs make for amazing-smelling smoke, they’ll also infuse the food with extra flavour and even help keep bugs away!
Halal Hot Dog Bar
Serve up your BBQ buffet-style by grilling up a bunch of our Smokies Chicken Sausages and Spicy Supreme Chicken Frankfurters, then lay out bowls filled with tons of fun toppings and condiments and let your guests build the hot dog of their dreams!
What are your favourite tips and tricks for a fabulous summer BBQ? Share them with us over on the Zabiha Halal Facebook Page!