Canadians tend to be an inquisitive and adventurous lot who love to get out, explore and see the world.
Besides well-deserved R&R and spending time with family and friends, some of the best experiences we have are when our travels are centered around discovering a new country’s history, culture and food.
Since many of us have put our travel plans on hold temporarily, we’ve been thinking: why not try to make the most of staying home and discover some travel-inspired international flavours by grilling up a world of barbecue (BBQ) right where we are?
A brief history of BBQ.
The word “barbecue” comes from the Caribbean word “barbacoa.”
We have aboriginal cultures from across the Americas and the Caribbean to thank for what has become the modern-day practice of barbecuing. Often used to salute hard-won victories, seal peace treaties or mark the change of seasons, barbecues of the past were mostly celebratory in nature and involved a gathering of people. Sound familiar?
Canadian BBQ history.
Our country's tradition of BBQ is said to have begun in 1837 to honour Queen Victoria’s coronation. The noblemen of Upper Canada roasted an entire ox, pulled the entire fully-cooked animal across town on a sled and handed out slices of steaks for free! The festivities were accompanied by music, beer and much merriment.
We’ve come a long way since 1837, but many still consider the Victoria Day long weekend as the unofficial start to the Canadian BBQ season.
Today, many of us who have a backyard grill like to BBQ year-round. But it’s really the warmer weather that’s synonymous with Canadian BBQ. Sunny days by the lake or the pool, coupled with the smell and taste of food cooked over the grill, creates an atmosphere that adds up to some of the season’s best of times.
No matter when you decide to fire up the grill, we’ve got an entire summer's worth of recipes from around the world for you to try. Happy grilling!
Recipes that originate from our home-and-native-land make for a logical, easy and delicious start, especially if you’re just getting into your BBQ rhythm for the season.
And, if you’re a budding BBQ enthusiast, be sure to check out the Canadian BBQ Society. The organization works to enrich BBQ culture in Canada by promoting, teaching and celebrating the friendly spirit of BBQ. How very Canadian!