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bbq-cateringWhen the weather starts to get warmer, it’s a familiar ritual for many Torontonians to pull out their spatulas and burger flippers to create the ultimate BBQ meal for their friends and family. But what many are unaware of is that being a good BBQ-er takes years of skill, practice and perseverance to ensure everything is cooked to perfection. Whether it’s burgers, steak or ribs, there are a few tips and tricks up our sleeves that we want to share with you. And if you want to relax and enjoy the BBQ feast, our barbecue catering team at Smokin Bones will gladly take over. We have successfully catered to many events, small gatherings and celebrations to bring you the perfect BBQ menu and feast. Still, want to BBQ on your own? Here are some must-know grilling tips. 

1. Know & Understand Your Grill

Every appliance you get is different depending on the brand. Whether it’s a stovetop, coffee maker or BBQ griller, the key is to thoroughly read and understand the manual to ensure you’re getting the most use out of it as possible. It’s essential to know how to turn your grill on and off correctly. 

2. Always use metal utensils 

One of the biggest mistakes amateur BBQ-ers make is using plastic. Because a griller is cooking on a close flame, the plastic will melt right away. While metal may get hot from the heat, it will never melt or smell like burnt plastic. 

3. Oil it up!

Just because you’re cooking on a grill instead of a flat pan doesn’t mean food can’t stick to it. A best practice would be to take a paper towel with some oil and rub it across the grill before you even turn it on. 

4. Wait a few minutes before you begin cooking

With most grillers, you have to use lighter fluid or some form of propane to start the fire. By waiting a few minutes before grilling, you can guarantee the lighter fluid has been burned off entirely and won’t get soaked into your food. 

5. Create heat zones

BBQs have different levels for a reason. They are to differentiate different heat zones within the grill. You want them cooked at extremely high heat for certain foods, whereas others are meant to be cooked on a lower heat over time. Chicken is often best cooked on low heat to create a perfectly crisp outside with a juicy inside. The key is to turn it often. Whereas pork and beef are better off cooked on high heat. 

6. Never put water on your grill

Ever been in a situation where the fire on your grill seems to be out of control? Well, don’t panic. That’s what the lid is for. Adding water to your grill will only enhance the fire. Instead, simply close the lid to cut off its oxygen supply and kill the flame.

7. Know the foodie tricks

When cooking anything on a skewer, whether it’s veggies or chicken, it can often be hard to turn and twist when placed on a single stick. We recommend using two posts that give a better grip and allow you to flip it quickly. Another foodie trick is to wrap your vegetables in tinfoil. Often because veggies are small, they can easily fall through the crack, so covering them all together in tinfoil no only helps preserve the flavours, but you will never lose a loose veggie again!

8. Take it off the grill a little early

If you notice your food looks almost ready, it’s okay to take it off the grill a bit early. Like baking, the food will cook for a bit after removing it from the heat because of the high heat. 

9. Always clean your grill

Take care of your BBQ, and it will take care of you. After an extensive BBQ catering, we always recommend giving it a thorough cleaning so it’s prepped and ready to go for your next planned BBQ menu. With a write brush and scrub, you can scrub down the rack until all the leftover pieces are gone. 

For BBQ Catering, it’s Smokin Bones

While barbecuing for friends and family is always fun, sometimes it’s your turn to take a step back, relax and enjoy a professional barbecue catering service. Regardless of the size of the event, Smokin Bones has an option for everyone. We cater to large or small, with a wide variety of menu options to choose from. Not to mention we already know all the tips and tricks listed above, so you don’t have to worry. Customer satisfaction is our guarantee, and we guarantee good food, reasonable pricing and a great time. Are you looking to book your next barbecue catering event? Visit us online or give us a call to learn more. We can’t wait to grill with you!


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Just wanted to thank you all for the delicious Christmas dinner. My family was very pleased with the fresh ingredients and the delicious homestyle turkey and brisket dinner. The presentation and the portions were perfect. The pick-up was smooth, and the staff was friendly. We will definitely recommend you to others and keep you in mind for future occasions. All the best and happy New Year!

Todd D

The food was sooo good, and my family loved it!! My mom was so happy eating the vegan meal, it was not oily, it was just perfect!!! We were so happy, and appreciate you making our special dinner happen:) thanks to your whole team, Merry Christmas!

P Chopra

Thank you for your help last week. Every event you do for us seems to be better than the one before. We love you.

Leila Rosati - Kik Corp

Milton, another great event!

Paul Godfrey - Toronto Blue Jays

You made our barbeque for 1500 guests seem like a walk in the park. Not only was the food outstanding but your ability to process that number of guests so quickly and painlessly was something to see. My compliments to your wonderful, always smiling staff. What a difference that makes.

Dawne Brodlieb - Pop Events

Milt, I've told you how important these events are to us and you have never let us down. I cannot express how wonderful it is to just call and know that everything will be taken care of. Don't ever leave us.

Michi G. Jameson - Cushman & Wakefield LePage Inc.

Milton, thank you for your efforts in making our 90th Anniversary Celebration such a huge success. As you know, our most senior executives flew in from Paris for the event and they were thoroughly impressed with everything you did from the presentation, selection, taste and quality of the food to your professional serving and bar staff. All the best.

Nancy Simpson - Aventis Pasteur

Milton et al at Smokin' Bones BBQ Catering... you guys really made the night a great success. Thanks so much. Will see you again soon.

Jeffrey S. Leon - Bennet Jones LLP

Hi Milton, I just wanted to let you know that I thought you, your partner and staff did a fabulous job on Saturday. Best Wishes,

Christina Kobe - Minden Gross LLP

Dear Milton, Saturday was a wonderful event. Great food and great people to work with. Many compliments from our guests. Thanks Again, Jane & Tim Bates

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