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The best cuts of meat for the barbecue

25 June 2023

Barbecuing is a culinary art that requires choosing the right cuts of meat to achieve delicious dishes. Whether you are a barbecue novice or an expert, knowing which cuts of meat to choose can make all the difference.

Several meats can easily be thrown on the barbecue, but some remain the stars of the grill, namely beef, chicken, pork, and lamb.

Grass-Fed Beef

grass-fed beef

When it comes to barbecuing, beef is often the first meat that comes to mind. Whether in steaks or in the form of patties for burgers, it is a particularly interesting meat to cook on the barbecue.

As you probably know, fat greatly contributes to the flavor of meat. It is advisable to choose cuts with good marbling (intramuscular fat), like our sirloin steaks, ribeye steaks, and our king's steak grass-fed beef. These beef cuts are both tender and juicy. Other cuts, such as flank steak, striploin steak, and filet mignon are also worth mentioning for barbecue delights.

We highly recommend choosing meat cuts that are of good thickness, about 1 to 2 inches, as overly thin cuts tend to cook quickly and become dry.

Quebec Grain-Fed Chicken

grain-fed chicken

A delicious grilled chicken is a true source of happiness at a barbecue! Chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken wings, and chicken skewers are must-have classics for this meat on the barbecue.

In fact, chicken skewers are one of the simplest and most festive ways to prepare it. They can be prepared with different vegetables and marinades, offering a variety of flavors. We have some marinated skewer options on our website.

Chicken breasts are a versatile cut that works well on the barbecue. It can be marinated, seasoned, or coated with barbecue sauce for more flavor. It is important not to overcook this meat to avoid it becoming too dry.

Chicken wings are excellent on the barbecue. They are tasty and can be marinated in different sauces before being grilled to a crispy texture.

Less common, ground chicken for making burger patties is a very tasty and interesting alternative to beef.

Quebec Traditional Farm-Raised Pork

traditional farm-raised pork

Pork is also a major star of successful barbecues! It is a meat that lends itself particularly well to barbecue cooking. Indeed, some cuts are ideal for grilling, such as pork tenderloins, pork chops, pork tournedos, and of course, the essential BBQ ribs. Like beef, pork pairs perfectly with marinades, especially for ribs. We have plenty of marinated pork options on our online shop! It's an easy way to add even more flavor to your meat.

You can also opt for pork loin roasts. They are a lean and delicious cut, ideal for quick grilling.

Quebec Lamb

Lamb is one of the meats often forgotten when it comes to barbecue, yet it offers such delicious results. Indeed, slices of leg of lamb or rack of lamb offer many barbecue cooking possibilities. The leg of lamb is a larger cut and perfect for large gatherings. It can be boneless or not, then marinated before being slow-cooked over fire.

Lamb is ideally served slightly pink to preserve all its flavor!

Other Original Ideas

Duck is an example of meat that is rarely thought of for the barbecue.

Explore new flavors by giving a new twist to the classic duck breast by grilling it over the flame.

Several fish and seafood are also excellent options for grilling on the barbecue. Our shrimps, salmon, sole fillet, and rainbow trout fillet are excellent ideas to try on the barbecue. If you prefer a pre-marinated option, we also have maple marinated salmon skewers or 3-pepper marinated salmon skewers.

Some Practical Tips

When you fire up your barbecue to treat friends and family, here are some tips for making the right choices when it comes to cooking meat.

Consider Tempering Your Meats

Avoid placing meat pieces straight from the refrigerator on the grill. Let them rest outside, in a dish, but not in direct sunlight. Allow about an hour of rest for each kilogram of meat. This trick allows the meat to relax and become more tender.

Consider Marinades

Prepare marinades if you have time. There are many recipes suitable for all tastes, and it's very easy to prepare! Alternatively, we also offer plenty of pre-marinated options in the ready-to-cook section of our online shop.

Clean Your Barbecue Thoroughly

Make sure to clean your barbecue well to prevent flavors from previous cookings from mixing with those of your meats.

Monitor Your Cooking

Use indirect cooking to avoid drying out your meats. You can also use a meat thermometer to control the cooking and achieve perfect results.

Remember that each meat has its own ideal cooking time. Consult our cooking temperature guide to get the desired doneness every time!

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