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BBQ Boosters


It’s BBQ season on the Canadian Gift Guide or something – how else can you explain all the fun foodie and grilling gift ideas I’ve been featuring lately? Today, I’m checking in with Epicure, home to some of the most scrumptious spices, mixes and more you’ll ever find (not to mention some super handy tools) to boost your next BBQ.

Epicure Butcher's Block Sea SaltEpicure Butcher’s Block Sea Salt – $15
There are actually tons of salt varieties available from Epicure, including an Alder Smoked Sea Salt and a Chili Garlic Sea Salt grinder, but I had to highlight their Butcher’s Block variety in a post about BBQing. Featuring mustard seeds, spices, and garlic, sprinkle this onto your favourite meats before throwing them on the BBQ to lock in their juices and give them a subtle, spicy flavour. Artisanal salts make an excellent hostess gift and this one is no exception.

Epicure Burger PressEpicure Burger Press – $25
Why use a burger press you ask? For one, visual appeal – there’s something nice about having a uniformly made patty as opposed to a ragged-edged one. For another, and more practically, a burger press ensures your patties are the same height and shape, meaning it’s easier to achieve even cooking. Epicure’s model allows you to create quarter-pound patties in a flash, and includes eight reusable divider disks. A great pick for the grilling maestro that thinks they have everything.

Epicure Sweet and Spicy MustardEpicure Sweet & Spicy Mustard – $9.50
Your BBQ favourites wouldn’t be the same without some delicious condiments to quite literally top them off. As you’d expect, Epicure has tons of twists on old favourites, like a Harissa sauce mix in place of BBQ sauce, or a bold and tangy Sweet & Spicy Mustard. Not only is it great on your burgers and sandwiches, it’s also an excellent accompaniment if you’re attempting to whip up some Bavarian pretzels. A yummy choice for a condiment collector.

Epicure Grip and Grab and Silicon Basting BrushEpicure Grip & Grab – $13 and Silicone Basting Brush – $10
One of the things I love the most about Epicure is that they aren’t just about filling up your shelves – they actually provide you with everything you need to make a fabulous meal, including tons of handy cookware items and utensils. Two must-haves for BBQ chefs? These Grip & Grab tongs have a steel core and a non-stick coating, making it a snap to flip and rotate foods on the grill. And this Silicone Basting Brush can withstand high heat as you add on some mouthwatering BBQ sauce to whatever you’re cooking up.

Quickles Pickling MixEpicure Quickles Pickling Mix – $7
If your friend has a flourishing garden this summer, she’ll love you for gifting her with this easy-to-use pickling mix. Loaded up with Canadian-grown mustard & coriander seed, black pepper, chilies and dill, this is a great way to add some pop to your pickles and other sliced veggies served up at the picnic table. Think about making it an afternoon activity with a loved one and get pickling together.

Epicure Penguin PalsPenguin Pals – $10
A good meal deserves a great finish. These cute, squeezable ice pop makers are a cinch to use and fun for kids. Use them to easily make frozen yogurt, tea, juice, or ice cream pops – simply add your mixture, seal up the bottom with the cute ‘foot’ cap and within hours you’ll have a tangy, refreshing summer treat. A good pick to get the kids involved in prepping for a BBQ party.

Epicure Oh CanadaEpicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze – $12
A dry glaze is somewhere between a dry rub and a sauce. Applying it is as simple as coating your meat (or veggies) in oil and tossing with the glaze, which in this patriotic case, tastes like sticky sweet maple. Epicure has a few other varieties including one themed to Jamaican food and another to Balinese cuisine, but only the Oh Canada blend makes for a perfect Canada Day BBQ party hostess gift.

Good Burgers Real FastGood Burgers. Real Fast. Food Kit – $25
Last year I featured Epicure’s new Good Food. Real Fast. kits, which are designed to make cooking a total breeze with just a few simple ingredients. They’ve since expanded the line to include new items, like this totally BBQ-appropriate burger collection. With multiple recipe cards to help you freshen up your routine, and Epicure’s Burger Seasoning, Big Burger Sauce Mix, and Pico Salsa Mix, this is the best BBQ booster and an excellent housewarming or houseguest present.

As many of you know, I’m currently celebrating my five-year blog anniversary. That means I’m hosting a few extra giveaways this month, and this one’s pretty awesome. Every single thing you read about in this post? I’m giving away. This ultimate collection of BBQ boosting tools and products is valued at $130! Want to win it? Here’s how!

1) First of all! You must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just find the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, leave a comment below telling me what your favourite BBQ boosting gift idea is that was featured in this post. You have until June 26, 2015.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 27, 2015 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like Epicure on Facebook and leave a comment about your favourite BBQ-boosting gift idea featured in this post. Link back to your wall post in a separate comment below. You’re under no obligation to mention my blog.

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104 Responses to “BBQ Boosters”
  1. Janice Lewis says:

    Loving the sea salt blend. It looks so yummy and would love to try this

  2. katydidit21 says:

    My favourite BBQ booster is the Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze. Happy blog anniversary!

  3. dorcontest says:

    I am an email subscriber. dorcontest at gmail dot com
    I really love the Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze. I would use that often. Great product idea.

    Doreen Lamoureux

  4. Rachel C. says:

    The Oh Canada dry glaze looks amazing! Nom.

  5. Donnas says:

    I’m an email subscriber.
    I love the Butcher’s Block Sea Salt blend.
    It would kick up the flavours of any grilled meats.

  6. SandyS says:

    Oh Sweet and Spicy Mustard makes everything tastier!

  7. CLC says:

    I like the penguin pals and the O Canada dry rub.

  8. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d really like the burger press.

  9. Aimee says:

    Penguin pals

  10. Heather Swanson says:

    sweet and spicy mustard

  11. Lindsey says:

    SO many good things in this one. I like the penguin pals and the basting brush.

  12. tammy ta says:

    I like the Butcher’s Block no salt blend- a little more flavour on the bbq, minus the salt is great!

  13. Susan says:

    The Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze sounds wonderful. I’d love to try it first!

  14. Audrey Skinner says:

    I love the Burger Press.

  15. Katie says:

    So hard to pick! I would be between the Quickles mix and the penguin pals!

  16. Mary warner says:

    Penquin Pals

  17. Toby says:

    Epicure Butcher’s Block Sea Salt! Mmmmm!

  18. Elena says:

    I like the burger press. We’ve been meaning to get one of these to save money making our own burgers.

  19. Susan Patterson says:

    My grandchildren would love the Penquin Pals! Thank you!

  20. Jennifer Deol says:

    I ordered Epicure Butcher’s Block Sea SaltEpicure Butcher’s Block Sea Salt, but haven’t gotten it in yet – this intrigues me! I can’t wait to try it.

  21. Victoria Ess says:

    My favourite idea is the Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze!

  22. kittypride says:

    I am a big fan of Epicure, the Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze!

  23. debbie f says:

    I like the Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze. We like to grill steaks and this would be perfect.

  24. Alison K says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. My favourite BBQ boosting gift idea that is featured in this post is Epicure Butcher’s Block Sea Salt

  25. Joan G. says:

    The Butcher’s Block Sea Salt would be something I would use often.

  26. kiraali says:

    The butcher’s block sea salt looks yummy!

  27. Debra says:

    The dry glaze is an interesting idea. I’ve had a number of their products over the years, and have especially enjoyed their cooking utensils so the tongs and glaze brush would be good too.

  28. mousecat says:

    I am really loving the Penguin Pals – how cute are they?!

  29. Erika E says:

    I like the Epicure Grip & Grab, it would be great to have one.

  30. Elizabeth S says:

    My favourite idea is the Good Burgers Real Fast kit. Thank you!

  31. Jessica e says:

    i like the Epicure Sweet & Spicy Mustard.

  32. Julia H says:

    I’m already a subscriber. 🙂 I like the Penguin Pals best. I think they’d be great to have….and not just for kids. I’d like to make my own (healthier and cheaper) popsicles at home. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Elaine Rosser says:

    I am a subscriber already and I think the Quickles product sounds unique and interesting to give as a gift or try myself.

  34. andrea amy says:

    Long time subscriber 🙂
    My favourite would be the burger press!
    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

  35. Marsha ARditti says:

    i like the Epicure Sweet & Spicy Mustard

  36. intensev5 says:

    I would really like to try the Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze – $12

  37. erin mcsweeney says:

    i love the Good Burgers. Real Fast. Food Kit – $25

  38. Joy D says:

    Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze – sounds less messy but with all the flavour

  39. Carol Ann Westbook says:

    I love Epicure products….the herbs and spices make everything better! My favourite would be the spicy mustard,

  40. Jessica Lord says:

    i like the burger press

  41. Caroline says:

    I really love the Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze. Sounds like a great product!

  42. I follow and subscribe and I would absolutely love the Epicure Sweet & Spicy Mustard!

  43. Renee Lacasse says:

    The Oh Canada dry glaze looks amazing

  44. Valerie Caldicott says:

    Epicure Burger Press as it has dividers. I have the old Tupperware one but this looks very impressive as can stack many burger patties.

  45. KELLY E says:

    The sea salt blend

  46. mike mottishaw says:

    loving the Burger Press and so many other cool gifts!

  47. Lynn Andersen says:

    Oh Canada Dry Glaze sounds like my kind of BBQ addition. Would love it on chicken thighs.

  48. Shelley N says:

    My favourite idea out of the posts is the Oh Canada Dry Glaze since I think it would be amazing on pork, chicken or salmon. yummy

  49. Sherry K says:

    The Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze looks super.

  50. Corry VanHooft says:

    I like the sweet and spicy mustard

  51. Stephanie D says:

    I love the idea of the Epicure Quickles Pickling Mix. Recently I’ve been watching Chopped Canada A LOT and quick pickles are all the rage. I want to pickle beets, cucumbers, radishes, cucumbers, baby onions, peppers, and cabbage. Never done it before, but this jar would make it so easy.

  52. ihv3gr8kdz says:

    The burger press! Saves me from free form burgers

  53. linnett says:

    would love to try the Good Burgers Real Fast Kit and the Butchers Block Sea Salt, I have some of their other spices and they are awesome

  54. it all looks great but I would try the Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze first

  55. kristen visser says:

    My favorite BBQ booster is the Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze!! thank you 🙂

  56. The Oh Canada dry glaze sounds good!

  57. Annie says:

    Sweet and Spicy mustard; it’s all about the toppings!

  58. Lynn M says:

    Lots of great looking items here – but the Penguin Pals are adorable.

  59. nicolthepickle says:

    The Penguin pals are sweet. They would be a huge hit at my house.

  60. nicolthepickle says:


    Facebook post.

  61. Terry says:

    Quickles is for me. I love pickles.

  62. Susan T. says:

    I would love the Quickles pickling mix and the Penguin Pals are super cute!

  63. Burcu says:

    I love Epicure Butcher’s Block Sea Salt

  64. cookie3 says:

    There’s nothing better than a great mustard.
    Epicure Sweet & Spicy Mustard

  65. lucy says:

    Sea Salt

  66. Sarah Forrester says:

    The burger press looks cool.

  67. Edmond says:

    OMG, my fave: Epicure Butcher’s Block Sea Salt . Divine. . Wow, prize package is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me, pick me!

  68. Sherri F says:

    Epicure Sweet & Spicy Mustard!

  69. lilfifi says:

    The Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze sounds like an amazing product. I think this is something my family would really enjoy.

  70. diane says:

    My favourite is the sea salt blend.

  71. Amanda Harper says:

    Oh Canada Dry Glaze

  72. I definitely love the Epicure Burger Press,I want that!! 😉

  73. Robert Wise says:

    My favourite BBQ boosting gift would be the Epicure Butcher’s Block Sea Salt – love sea salt and this looks & sounds amazing.

  74. Robert Wise says:

  75. Grace says:

    I love the burger press idea – what an easy way to make sure everything cooks evenly!

  76. wanda macsween says:

    I would love to try myself and give as a gift, the Butchers Block Sea Salt. This sounds amazing and can be used on more than one kind of meat.

  77. dabrowne says:

    Love the Butchers Block spices!

  78. Toby says:

    The Penguin Pals to keep the kids entertained are adorable!

  79. prairiebelle says:

    I like the Epicure Butcher’s Block Sea Salt

  80. prairiebelle says:

    followed on facebook and commented

  81. Tina L. says:

    I like the Epicure Burger Press.

  82. Michelle says:

    I like the Quickles. Cool name!

  83. Rick F says:

    Sweet & Spicy Mustard

  84. Michael says:

    Epicure Oh Canada Dry Glaze

  85. Sunshine G says:

    I’d love to try the butcher’s block sea salt!

  86. zahra p says:

    My favorite is the Good Burgers. Real Fast. Food Kit which would be great for testing our burger making skills for the first time this summer

  87. Harmony A. says:

    Sweet & Spicy mustard… You had me at those three words .

  88. Taps says:

    Since I am a kid at heart, I love the Penguin Pals!

  89. dave says:

    I love to try some

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