BBQ Tips

BBQ tips you’ll wish you knew earlier!


From air fryers to instant pots, no matter what cooking trends and new kitchen appliances pop up, there’s one that remains a timeless and well-loved classic – the BBQ. With a gas line rough-in included in many of the Douglas Homes townhomes and duplexes, it’s even easier to use a traditional gas grill; however, whether you’re using charcoal, propane or gas, the key to a delicious meal is the technique. Here are some great BBQ tips that will help you become a grill master this summer.

Preheat the grill

Leave your gas burners on high, or keep all the coals glowing red for about 5-10 minutes with the lid closed. A preheated grill helps prevent food from sticking to the grate and loosens any bits of food left behind. Additionally, preheating allows the grill to become hot enough to sear your food properly. If you’re using a charcoal grill, preheating also ensures that lighter fluid doesn’t get into your food.

Soak wooden skewers in water

If you’re cooking kebabs, make sure to soak the wooden skewers in cold water for at least 30 minutes, this will keep the wood from burning. If you’re using metal skewers, prevent food from sticking to them by wiping the skewers with oil.

Delicious grilled meat with vegetables on barbecue grill

Don’t overload the grill

Proper airflow is needed to grill meat well, so make sure food is not touching each other and that the items aren’t squished up against the edges of the barbecue. Before buying a big slab of meat, be mindful of the space you have on your grill.

Avoid checking the temperature repeatedly

For the best grill, use the “low and slow” technique. Once the grill is preheated, lower the temperature and start cooking. When the meat is on the grill cooking, avoid lifting the lid to check the temperature as it can cool things off and prevent the food from cooking the way you want it to. There are many other resources on the internet indicating recommended cooking times, such as this one. When ready, open the lid, add your sauce, and check the internal temperature of the meat with a thermometer.

Take food off the grill a little early

When grilling low and slow, you also want to avoid overcooking. Keep in mind that food keeps cooking after you take it off the heat. Take the food off the grill a few minutes before it’s cooked perfectly, and let sit. Letting the meat sit for a few minutes before cutting into it seals the juices and keeps the meat from drying out. Serve with a side salad, corn, and vegetables – bon appétit!

Kick back and relax

A summer BBQ with friends and family is the perfect way to celebrate your new home in Airdrie. Many of the Douglas Homes duplexes and townhomes in Airdrie come with rear-treated wood decks, creating an amazing area for outdoor entertaining. Douglas Homes builds in family-oriented communities close to schools, parks, walking paths, and all of the amenities you need for a great summer. Now kick back, relax and enjoy the summer sun!