Buying the best barbecue in Calgary

When the snow has melted and the birds are singing their spring songs, Calgarians turn their thoughts to beautiful, meaty barbecue meals. From massive tomahawk pork chops, sizzling smokies and good ol’ wienies to salmon slabs and Alberta strip loin steak, the only thing standing between you and outdoor carnivore glory is a grill. Get fired up for patio season with the perfect barbecue.

Barbecues Galore

5875 9th Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1Z9

As the name implies, Barbecues Galore staff members know barbecues and the shop carries lots of ’em — gas, electric and charcoal. The place also stocks all the grilling accessories and paraphernalia you’ll need to succeed as a backyard chef. While you’re there, also take a look at fire pits, fireplaces and electric stoves.

Diamond Fireplace Distributors Ltd

4-10221 15 St Ne, Calgary, AB T3J 0T1

Though it specializes in fireplaces, Diamond Fireplace & Store is also a vendor of Napoleon Grills — some of the best barbecues available. Whether you require a modest unit for the odd burger meal or a beast that will make all of your friends jealous with its bells, whistles and flat-out meat-cooking capacity, there’s a model here to suit your needs.

Reliable Parts Ltd

6757 Fairmount Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0X6

A Canadian company established in 1933, Reliable Parts Ltd has three locations in Calgary. The shop carries Broil King, Napoleon and Weber grills, and its lineup includes a sweet selection of portable barbecue units. Reliable carries barbecue parts, should your existing grill require a fix, as well as accessories from tongs to thermometers. Also ask about barbecue sauces and seasonings.

The Home Depot

343 36th St NE, Calgary, AB T2A 7S9

Home Depot is one of Canada’s most recognized names in home appliances. The home-reno giant often features great deals on a wide assortment of barbecues. A range of smokers, electric grills and propane barbecues is typically available. With eight store locations in Calgary, there’s one near you.

Trail Appliances

2745 29 St NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 7B5

Three Trail Appliances locations in Calgary carry propane and natural gas barbecue units. Barbecues by major brands include a selection of Brigade ultra-premium, stainless steel gas models. Trail also carries barbecues by Lynx, Fire Magic, Napoleon and more.

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

830-10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A9

Outdoor adventuring requires plenty of good, energy-filled eats, and there’s no meal as exhilarating as a barbecue cookout in the woods. And grilling lunch in the park is pretty great also. Whether you’re in the backcountry or Bowness Park, a portable gas grill is deliciously practical. Mountain Equipment Co-op carries an array of camp stoves by Magma, Primus and BioLite as well as charcoal grills.

Golden Acre Garden Centre

620 Goddard Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2K 5X3

It may not be tropical, but when the sun is shining, visiting your grilling island constitutes a savoury getaway, minus the airfare. Golden Acre Garden Centre turns up the heat on backyard barbecuing with gourmet-inspired barbecue islands by Bull, Alfresco and Viking. These impressive, sprawling units are veritable outdoor kitchens for those who make barbecue a lifestyle.

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