There is nothing quite like enjoying a good barbecue while the weather is beautiful. Luckily, there is still some time to fire up that grill and plenty of local shops offer everything you need for supplies.
Many people love barbecued meat, and Easyford Meats is the perfect place to buy whatever cuts you prefer. They offer several barbecue packs, which have a variety of steaks, ribs, pork chops, smokies, and sausages. Contact Easyford Meats to order these packs directly.
Want to barbecue fish? Y & T Frozen Seafood sells fish and seafood. Located at 93 Street and 118 Avenue, the entrance to this small wholesale seafood market is in the back alley. Inside you’ll find a variety of seafood like shrimp, sole, black cod steaks, as well as a variety of Asian curries, sauces, and spices. New seafood is brought in every week. If you want to order something specific, contact the store in advance.
Hot dogs and hamburgers are popular foods to grill, and Calico Baking Company makes homemade organic hot dog buns, hamburger buns and pretzel buns. Currently, the bakery sells at several markets around Edmonton, including Callingwood Market where they offer discounts on surplus and day-old products. Owner Laurel Ferster says that custom orders for small or large groups are available by contacting the bakery directly.
Debating on when to use a marinade, rub, sauce or glaze? Much depends on what is being barbecued. Fish won’t hold up to a heavy sauce, but does well with a light glaze or being marinated for no more than 30 minutes. Spice rubs and sauces go great with chicken, pork, and red meat like beef.
While you can buy pre-made spice rubs, it is always fun to make your own. Paraiso Tropical Latin Food Market at 93 Street and 118 Avenue sells a variety of spices and dried chillies. These are perfect for people who want to make a custom spice rub or barbecue sauce.
Barbecuing vegetables and even fruit is a delicious accompaniment to your meal. Paraiso Tropical Latin Food Market has a small selection of produce like tomatoes, potatoes, tomatillos, onions, carrots, bell peppers, jalapenos, and limes. The produce usually comes in fresh on Wednesdays or Thursdays. For a larger selection of fruits and vegetables, head a few blocks south of Alberta Avenue to the Italian Centre Shop in McCauley (108 Avenue and 95 Street), where there is a variety of fresh produce delivered every Monday.
No matter what you prefer to barbecue, there is no shortage of local stores and vendors to help with supplies, so take advantage of the good weather before summer ends.
Header Image: Buy spices at Paraiso Tropical Latin Food Market. Credit: Alouise Dittrick
Local shops & vendors
12165 Fort Road
Y & T Frozen Seafood
9315 – 118 Avenue
Entrance in back
Calico Baking Company
9501 – 111 Avenue
For custom orders: 587.520.0028
Paraiso Tropical Latin Food Market
9136 – 118 Ave
Italian Centre Shop
10878 – 95 Street