Grill up a summertime appetizer feast

Soaking up the sunshine and spending time outdoors is practically a right after a long, cold Canadian winter. And nothing says summertime like a backyard barbecue meal made exclusively of finger foods that are fun to eat.

Bouchées grillées d'été
Bouchées grillées d'été

Prepping a multitude of bite-sized eats is a lot of work, though — and that’s where we come in. We have tons of mouth-watering appetizers you can pop on the grill, so you can enjoy the meal of your dreams and barely dirty a dish in the process. Simply make space in the freezer for these perfectly prepped and portioned bites. Your future self (who will definitely want an easy-breezy alfresco meal on the ‘cue or a simple snack for last-minute backyard visitors) will thank you.

5 easy apps for the barbecue

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

You’ll definitely want Bacon Wrapped Scallops on the table. Juicy, sustainably sourced Atlantic sea scallops are bundled inside smoky bacon and skewered with a toothpick for easy eating. Simply toss on a handy, reusable grilling mat or a piece of foil on the barbecue. You can also corral small bites — like Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Mini Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fillets — and keep them from falling through the grate with our handy stainless-steel BBQ Devil Grill Basket. Or pop an assortment of bite-sized apps onto long soaked wooden or metal skewers to make handling a cinch.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Shooters®

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Shooters®

Next up: Kicky Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Shooters® deserve a spot on this lineup. Halved jalapeños are stuffed with cream cheese, then wrapped in perfectly crisp bacon. The best part? They come in a convenient foil tray that you can place right on the grill.

Beef and Bacon Skewers

Beef and Bacon Skewers

Mini-skewers with bite-sized, perfectly seasoned beef tenderloin and smoked bacon are another low-carb, meat lover fave. Arrange our Beef and Bacon Skewers on the barbecue in a single layer and cook, turning frequently, for 8 to 12 minutes. Enjoy these juicy bites as is or with a tasty dip — we suggest our smoky-zesty Chipotle Mayo Spread.

TIP: Turn grilled Beef and Bacon Skewers into an easy lunch or snack by wrapping them in a warm pita with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and a squeeze of Garlic Aioli Spread.

Lobster Tail Skewers

Lobster Tail Skewers

Our Lobster Tail Skewers will definitely be the stars of this show. These sustainably sourced North Atlantic lobster tail halves are hand-skewered and marinated in a delicate lemon-herb sauce that gives them plenty of flavour without overshadowing the subtly sweet, meaty lobster. These babies can go directly on the grill and are ready to eat (from frozen!) in less than 15 minutes.

Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp are at home in any appetizer spread and can be cooked directly on the grill. Our jumbo butterflied shrimp are deliciously marinated in savoury garlic and herbs, and are sustainably sourced, too. Tip: They make an amazing garnish for over-the-top Caesar cocktails.

Flexibility is our middle name

Say your barbecue is out of propane — or there’s an unexpected rainstorm. (Or you’re a grill-free condo dweller — we see you, too.) The good news is that all of these apps are oven-ready, too, and equally delicious when enjoyed on the couch watching your favourite flick. Don’t forget to round out your appetizer feast with a selection of our tasty sides, featuring frozen-at-peak-freshness veggies. Some faves include Four Bean Salad, Penne Pasta Salad and Gourmet Floret Medley.

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