Choosing the best meat for your summer grill

From the cut of the meat, to the quality of the meat, there are many options to choose from for your summertime grills.

As an independent, locally run grocery store, the Famous Foods Meat Department offers quality Canadian meat and poultry with grass fed, organic, and non-medicated options. “Summer barbecues with family and friends are a great way to catch up with each other, enjoy the outdoors, and eat delicious healthy food,” says Gil, head butcher.

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When determining the type of meat, first consider how lean the meat will be. Marbling refers to the streaks of clear or white fat deposits in a cut, especially visible on red meat. The finer the grain, the leaner the meat; the more connective tissue, the more robust a meat’s flavour will be. Flavourful and tender cuts of beef are prime rib, ribeye, and strip loin, and T-bone steaks. For the tenderest meat, you will find fresh, hormone-free Angus beef weekly at Famous Foods.

Lean meat, such as grass fed, is often more tender when grilled. Being so easy to overcook, it’s best to grill grass-fed meat over low heat with an alternative oil, such as coconut or avocado oil. When grilling lean meat, aim for medium or medium-rare.

Even the most experienced grill masters know the ultimate barbecue hack: your local grocer. The butcher will know each meats flavour components and grilling style. Make a locally-run grocer like Famous Foods your go-to meat provider for the best advice. Visit their website at or find them on Facebook.

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