Summer barbecue season is on its way! As we prepare to welcome the long summer nights of dining al fresco, we turned to the barbecue experts at Toronto’s world-renowned St. Lawrence Market for their tips on how to wow guests and elevate your barbeque meals this summer.

1. TAKING A WHOLE MEAL APPROACH
John & Giovanni Grisanzio, Domino Foods The endless array of traditional, international and rare bulk foods at Domino Foods in the St. Lawrence Market’s lower level is an inspiration for out of the box recipes. The Grisanzio family encourages adventurous grillers to make their entire meal on the barbecue from appetizers to entrees to dessert. Some favourite recipes include grilled cornmeal fritters, barbecued pizza and skillet brownies or peach cobblers.

2. GETTING SAUCY
Urs Aeby, A Bisket A Basket A great marinade can really amplify a barbecue dish — taking a meal from good to great. A Bisket A Basket ‘s Urs Aeby has developed a multifunctional line of homemade jams, jellies, chutneys, pesto, custom sauces and salad dressings that do double duty in delicious marinades and barbeque sauces. With over 90 varieties and flavours there is something for every dish and every taste.

3. LEAVING IT TO THE EXPERTS
Brad Noonan, Carnicero’s Prime Meats & Fine Foods Brad Noonan, owner and head butcher of Carnicero’s and his team will not only recommend the best cut of meat for your gathering, but also prep delicious meal ideas and offer pre-marinated options. Leaving it to the professionals can take the guesswork out of barbecuing, so that the only thing left to do is grill and enjoy.

For more innovative and impressive barbecue ideas or the best quality summer staples visit your local market to get ready to grill.