Nearest broker: Searching for a broker nearby…
Nearest broker: Tweed Phone: (613) 478-2532 Sunderland Phone: (705) 357-3916 Sudbury Phone: (705) 523-2030 Penetanguishene Phone: (705) 549-7437 Ottawa Phone: (613) 733-3312 Parry Sound Phone: (705) 746-2441 Orillia Phone: (705) 325-4234 Kemptville Phone: (613) 258-5991 Eganville Phone: (800) 884-1045 Petawawa Phone: (613) 687-4805 Belleville Phone: (800) 361-0941 Winchester Phone: (800) 487-3706 Wellington Phone: (613) 399-3620 Trenton Phone: (877) 455-0299 Prescott Phone: (877) 504-3569 Picton Phone: (888) 475-2776 Peterborough Phone: (800) 958 2270 Perth Phone: (877) 248-1222 Pembroke Phone: (877) 399-3299 Oshawa Phone: (800) 887-7309 North Bay Phone: (705) 475-0001 Napanee Phone: (613) 354-2152 Morrisburg Phone: (800) 806-0746 Midland Phone: (888) 737-6465 Madoc Phone: (613) 473-5266 Kingston Phone: (800) 590-5422 Gananoque Phone: (800) 932-2131 Embrun Phone: (866) 853-4740 Cornwall Phone: (844) 463-3616 Cobourg Phone: (800) 895-5902 Carleton Place Phone: (888) 237-9517 Brockville Phone: (888) 345-8663 Brighton Phone: (613) 475-1430 Barry’s Bay Phone: (866) 845-2123 Barrie Phone: (705) 726-3350 Bancroft Phone: (800) 994-0036 Arnprior Phone: (800) 668-7337
Get a Quote
Open Menu

Tips for the Perfect BBQ party and a Playlist too!

The long awaited BBQ season is upon us now. Great food, cold drinks, close friends and family around the table – a little planning ahead makes this the perfect recipe for a great outdoor evening.



  1. Master the grill – start with a clean, oiled grill. Simply preheat the grill, give it a good scrub with a grill brush and then brush on vegetable oil – this will keep your foods from sticking. Place your food on the grill and avoid flipping it frequently – one flip is all you need. Once your food is cooked, place it on a plate, tent it with foil and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  2. Do you have a theme in mind? – The theme can help narrow down a menu and plan for any décor – Hawaiian luau, clambake, surf and turf. Have fun with it!
  3. Guests – when preparing an invite, ensure you are clear about the basics, time location and theme. This also gives you an opportunity to ask about allergies and what side dishes others can bring.
  4. Décor – why not? Choose your tablecloths to suit the theme. This also gives you a chance to add some bold colour to the party. If you are outdoors into the later evening hours, you will need some lighting and citronella candles to keep your guests comfortable and sociable.
  5. Menu and side dishes – while the star of the BBQ is usually the meat, the sides are important too and can cater to any vegetarian guests that may be in attendance. Take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables available at the market and try some of these great salads; watermelon salad, summer tomato salad, grilled veggie skewers.
  6. Drinks – punch up any lemonade with some fresh cut watermelon, add cucumber and blueberries to your water pitchers and a sangria made ahead is a great option for the adults.
  7. Don’t forget the music…

Nothing puts me more in the mood for a leisurely backyard BBQ than the soulful Summertime belted out by none other than the great Lady Day herself, Billie Holiday. Never underestimate the power of a great song. Have your music line-up ready, consider your audience when you select the songs – then simply put it on shuffle, press play and then enjoy yourself. Here a few classics to consider;

  • I Can’t Go For That – Hall & Oates
  • The Message – Grandmaster Flash
  • Fun, Fun, Fun – The Beach Boys
  • Nadine – Chuck Berry
  • Groovin’ – Aretha Franklin
  • (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

For more songs, and how to put it all together, check out this article from The Globe and Mail. For more great BBQ ideas, recipes and tips for your perfect outdoor event, why not check out Pinterest. It really only takes a few minutes to plan things ahead of time, but it can save you time on the day of – and that will make a big difference for you and your guests. Cheers!


No comments found.
Anonymous User

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You Might Want to Read

Meet the Dougallers: Conor Hache
Stepping up next to the tee block, he hails from Prince Edward County, he’s a two time Club Champion at Bay of Quinte Golf and...
Welcome M.B. Kouri Insurance Brokers to the McDougall Insurance Team!
We are thrilled to announce that we have merged with M.B. Kouri Insurance Brokers Ltd. in Tamworth, Ontario! As of November 1st, 2023 we have...
Why You Should Get Homeowners Builders Risk Insurance
Owning a home is a huge responsibility and investment, that’s why you have to be responsible when it comes to protecting it. And if you’re...
Request a Free Quote

It’s simple and won’t take long.

Get a Quote800-361-0941

Person standing, looking down at laptop