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Conquer the grill: Tips and temps you need to know

Tell us what you want to grill and we'll give you the ideal internal temperature, key cooking tips and myth-busting smarts to take your grilling from good to great!

We get it. Some barbecues have hot spots and the wind makes grill temperatures dip. Cooking temperature and time can be moving targets. But don't stress – backyard grilling is supposed to be fun and easy. By sticking to these simple guidelines, you'll up your grill game:

Use a probe-style instant-read thermometer
Let meats and fish rest after cooking
Clean and grease the grill
Make middle temperatures your default
Do I cook over flames or indirect heat?

Handy for checking internal temperatures, they're inexpensive and indispensible.


Salsa verde

Ideal for grilled beef, poultry or sausages.

  • In large bowl, mix 2 cups (500 mL) each roughly chopped parsley and cilantro,
    1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil, juice of half lemon, 2 coarsely chopped garlic
    cloves, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt, 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each dried oregano and cumin, and
    pinch of hot pepper flakes.
  • Using an immersion blender, blitz until coarse paste. (If using blender or food
    processor to chop ingredients, stir in oil by hand at end). Drizzle salsa over
    grilled meats and enjoy!

Sweet and savoury sauce

The perfect partner to pork, kabobs and pork sausages.

  • In a small pot, combine 1/4 cup (60 mL) liquid honey, 1/4 cup
    (60 mL) soy sauce, 2 tbsp (30 mL) lime juice, 2 tbsp (30 mL) mirin, walnut-sized
    knob of fresh ginger (thickly sliced).
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 2 min. to slightly thicken.
    Spoon over meats for a tasty umami kick.

Terrific toppers

With 21 ways to top your ultimate burger, hot dogs, sausages and
wieners, you can't go wrong!

Compliments Pork Ribettes with Barbecue Sauce

Compliments Angus Beef Burgers

Compliments Fully Cooked Prime Rib Beef Burgers

Compliments Game Day
¼ Pound All Beef Wieners

Compliments Bacon
& Cheddar Smoked Sausages

Take a tour around
the world with our Compliments burgers.

From custom cuts to marinades, our Meat Dept. can help with all of your
needs. Ask about our
service for bacon-wrapped grillables. You'll be glad
you did!

Compliments Pacific White Shrimp

Compliments Cedar Grilling Plank

Compliments Wild Pacific Salmon Burgers

Compliments Garlic & Herb Pacific White Shrimp


Our experts in the
Seafood Department
are ready to help.

We offer free in-store steaming of lobster where available. Visit us at our Service Case where we
skin, portion, or marinate upon request. Just ask us!

Craving more plant-based grilling patties?


Impossible Burger

Simulated Beef Burger


Beyond Meat Burger

Simulated Beef Burger


Give your veggie burger a makeover!

BBQ Cabbage & Halloumi Sliders