BBQ season is now in full swing here in Canada and we’re all living on our decks and in our backyards. Most of us love to fire up the grill during the week as well, to make the most out of our nice weather months, but during the work week time becomes an issue. Luckily for us, there are many fast and easy foods that we can barbeque up in a flash!

Before I get to the list, the very first thing that you will need for this BBQ season is an instant read thermometer. They are available widely at kitchen stores and online and to truly have the easiest BBQ experience possible, you need one!

With my emphasis on an instant read thermometer done, let’s start with the number one choice for a hearty meal!

  • Steak. Steak requires very minimal preparation but if you are willing to spend an extra five minutes on it, a steak marinade recipe will be your best friend. Whip it up in the morning and leave the steaks to marinate all day. Fire up the grill and you’re set!
  • Homemade Burgers – Homemade burger are easier than they seem! The best part is that you can make them, freezer them on a baking sheet and then take them out when you need them! This is also where the digital thermometer comes in, most people overcook their burgers. The temperature only needs to reach 165 in the middle to be safely cooked.
  • Corn on the Cob – Yes! Corn on the cob is the best on the BBQ! Take corn on the cob IN the husks still and soak them in water. Once they are soaked, place the corn cobs right onto the grill over medium heat. Cook for around 30-45 minutes, until tender. You can also do this over a firelit and coals!
  • Chicken Thighs – The experienced BBQ-er knows that chicken breasts can be incredibly hard to cook on a BBQ (heck, they are hard to do in the oven most days) because the intense heat dries them out quickly. That’s why chicken thighs are the best cut of chicken to barbeque. Simply season them with a pre-made blend of chicken seasoning and cook them up! A tip: barbeque stones are the best way to cook chicken.
  • Chicken Wings – These are the easiest ever to make! Simply take a bottle of your favourite BBQ Sauce and brush it over the wings and cook on the grill until done! Keep basting for more flavour and serve with extra BBQ sauce for dipping!
  • Vegetable Skewers – The combinations are endless when it comes to whipping up quick skewers of veggies to throw on the BBQ. Add on slices of mushrooms, whole small tomatoes, sliced peppers and brush with Italian dressing. Cook on the BBQ until tender-crisp and you’re set!
  • Foil Packet Meals – We love to make my Campfire Chili Cheese Fries on the BBQ and everyone knows that you can throw sliced potatoes, carrots and onions in a tinfoil package to make the best vegetable side dish for everything. This can also be done on the campfire!

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