25 recipes to help you kick off the official start of BBQ season

Solstice be dammed — summer starts now!

Solstice be dammed — summer starts now!

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This article was originally published May 17, 2017.

While the solstice and the official start of summer might still be a month away, Victoria Day is the start of summer in the hearts of us Canadians! And we love to to ring in the return of sunshine with blazing fires, fruity iced cocktails and a big backyard BBQ.

Even if the weather in your neck of the woods is a little more showers than May flowers, it's hard to resist the pull of juicy burgers and fresh grilled veggies this time of year. To help you kick off BBQ season in the tastiest way possible, we've rounded up some of our favourite warm weather recipes that are perfect for an outdoor (or indoor!) affair. From flavourful marinades, to saucy ribs, to pineapple that's grilled to perfection, there's something here to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. So, what are you waiting for? Fire up that grill and get cookin' this weekend!

Marinades for every palate

Middle Eastern Marinade

Korean BBQ Marinade

Mediterranean Marinade

Stefano's Jerk Marinade

Drool-worthy mains

Smash Burgers

Shrimp Kabobs with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Saucy Garlic BBQ Ribs

Cheddar Bacon Turkey Dogs

Chili Chicken Wings

Grilled Tuna Niçoise Salad

Mushroom Steaks

Grilled Hanger Steak with Parsley Chimichurri

Fresh from the farmer's market sides

Italian Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Potato Salad Prima Vera

Grilled Corn with Chive Butter

Fresh Tomato & Cucumber Salad

Summery sweet treats

Grilled Pineapple À La Mode

Prosecco Cranberry Ice Pops

Grilled Figs with Amaretto

Mini Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Fruit-spiked drinks

Pineapple Slushy Mojito

Stefano's Spiked Lemonade

Iced Green Tea with Lychee

White Sangria with Raspberries