Fire up the Grill with @VHSauces and 50 Dollar Loblaws GC
BBQ Grilling is my absolute favourite way to cook during the summer months and sometimes well into winter. Grilling is easy, it doesn’t heat up the house in the sweltering heat of the summer and to me, everything tastes better over an open flame. The only thing better than grilling a savoury piece of meat, is the addition of a great sauce, like the wide selection VH Sauces has to offer.
During a recent family get together, I had the opportunity to try out some VH Sauces to see how they performed on the grill. I typically stick to thick sauces or rubs and had never thought to use the VH sauces for worry that they would be too runny. I will be the first to admit I was wrong; VH Sauces are more flavourful than I can concoct myself, they go a long way and are very affordable.
BBQ grilling, although easy, doesn’t always go to plan; if you’ve ever had the propane run out part way into cooking only to notice after the meal is supposed to be cooked, you know what I mean. Here are a few BBQ grilling tips from my the This Lil Piglet grill:
1. Always keep a record of the propane tank fill dates and approximate amounts of usage. I like to keep an extra filled tank on hand for those moments when I have underestimate the usage of the tank and we are smack dab in the middle of grilling our meal.
2. Marinate your meat in a flavourful sauce for about 6 hours to ensure the sauce penetrates the meat for tenderness and full flavour.
3. Turn the heat up. Sear the outside of the meat on the grill for a couple minutes on each side to lock in the flavour and juices.
4. Turn down the heat. After searing for approximately 2 minutes, turn the heat down to low or medium low until your meat is finished cooking to perfection. I like to add a little extra sauce right after flipping to cook a layer on the outside of the meat.
5. Serve hot off the grill. If you are cooking a side dish on the grill and it is done cooking, you can put it off to one side and turn off the flame on that side while continuing to cook the rest of your meal on the other side. This way you are guaranteed to have everything the same temperature when serving the meal to your guests.
My absolute favourite was the Tandoori VH Sauce but for the recipe I served my guests I actually combined this sauce with the Pineapple VH Sauce to create a marinate for steak. After a sufficient marinading period, I placed the steaks on the grill in a tinfoil pan sprayed with Pam to avoid any drips and flareups; surprisingly the sauce stayed thick, especially with a little heat. I grilled a few extra pineapple chunk to add to the flavour experience and what resulted was a perfectly grilled medium-rare steak with a tangy sauce that everyone enjoyed. My guests were asking how I made the sauce. It’s simple, I used one jar of the VH Tandoori sauce and mixed in 1/4 jar of the VH Pineapple sauce and marinated the meat in the sauce for 6 hours, adding in the extra pineapple chunks before grilling. You can buy both of these at any grocery store with the rest of the VH Sauce line of products. What are your favourite flavours?
I hear a lot from fellow moms that the dads do the grilling but I can tell you, moms can grill just as well. Combine my tips above and VH Sauces and grilling is made easy for everyone. For more exciting tips, sauces and recipes, head over to the VH Facebook page and join me in conversation.
To help you get your grill on this season This Lil Piglet is giving away a $50 Loblaws Gift Card for you to purchase and try out your very own VH Sauces and BBQ meal. I’d love to hear your thought on these products. Open to Canada only; enter in the form below.
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Disclosure – I am participating in the VH Grill to Thrill Blog Tour by Mom Central Canada on behalf of VH. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.