BBQ Season Basics

Summer is upon us and what sounds better than hanging with friends and family, enjoying some refreshing beverages and fresh food off the BBQ. 

BBQ’d food can taste great but did you know that there are certain steps to take to make your grilled food healthier. 

Here are a few tips that you should consider next time you fire up the grill. 

  1. Easy on the sugar - Many BBQ sauces contain high amounts of sugar, which will increase inflammation. Try making your own dry rub as a healthier alternative (see below).

  2. Low and Slow - Keeping the cooking temperature lower will limit the chance of producing charring, which is considered a carcinogen. 

  3. Clean it - It goes without saying that you should keep your grill clean.  Avoid using metal bristle brushes, which can stick to your grill and potentially end up in your stomach.  Use a wooden scraper or try using half an onion next time you need to clean your grill. 

  4. Add Colour - Increase your vegetable intake by adding a few to your grill next time you cook.  Use a healthy oil and cook on low temperatures from indirect heat. 

Cajun Dry Rub:

¼ tsp pink himalayan salt

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 ¼ tsp dried oregano

1 ¼ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp red pepper flakes

Mix ingredients and apply generously to your choice of meat.