Love to BBQ but the kids aren't as keen? You're not alone

Walmart Canada's Kids' BBQ Report offers time-saving, tasty meal solutions
the whole family will love

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Canadian parents love barbecuing: from the tastes and smells, they get excited for the whole season but they often struggle to get their kids to enjoy it, too. According to a survey commissioned by Walmart Canada, 98 per cent of parents with a BBQ enjoy barbecuing, but nearly half (47%) of primary school aged kids, 6 – 11, dislike at least one aspect of foods cooked on the BBQ.

In fact, one in three (34%) parents are preparing a second meal when BBQ is on the menu. For parents who would rather serve second helpings than a second meal, Walmart's BBQ Report offers six recipes and bonus tips to get the whole family excited about outdoor cooking.

"From grilled watermelon skewers to sweet spiced chicken to grilled cheese with fresh veggies, even the pickiest eaters will find something to love on the grill this summer," said Paul Del Duca, senior vice president, fresh foods at Walmart Canada. "Walmart is proud to carry an expanding variety of local in-season produce and quality meats and fish at unbeatable prices, sure to keep families grill-side all season long."

Quick and easy tips to take your BBQ to the next level:

  • Get the kids involved: While kids can be picky eaters (71% of parents would agree), getting them involved is naturally the best place to start. The actual grilling is for grown-ups, of course, but kids like to help prep food in the kitchen (83%) and appreciate being told what mom or dad is making (63%)

  • Family-friendly flavours: Special sauces are the top way parents get kids to eat foods off of the BBQ (17%). Sauces are a great way to add flavour, but rubs also give BBQ foods appealing taste. Try the Sweet Spiced Chicken recipe from the report for a sweet-with-a-kick main course.

  • BBQ brunch: Whip up some grilled cheese on the grill! Feeling like something a bit sweeter? Try French toast! Simply dip bread into an egg mixture with a dash of cinnamon, grill on a sheet of buttered foil, and serve alongside fresh fruits.

  • Try something new: It's no surprise that grilled hamburgers are kids' top pick for foods off the grill (87%) with grilled hot dogs coming in as a close second (81%) – but grilling has so much to offer. Parents can serve up kid-friendly meals like the Canadian-meets-Asian inspired perfectly planked honey ginger salmon, veggie side dishes and even cookies on the BBQ.


BBQ Report
The report is available for download here or visit the Walmart Canada Recipe Centre for more grilling recipes and inspiration.

Survey Methodology
The survey was conducted between February 16 and February 29, 2016 via LegerWeb. A total of 405 Canadian parents with primary school aged children (6 – 11 year-olds) who own a BBQ or grill were interviewed using the online survey. A sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/-4.9%, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's flagship online store,, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is ranked one of the country's top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada's extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $250 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at and at

SOURCE Walmart Canada

For further information: Felicia Fefer, Manager, Marketing Communications, Walmart Canada,

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