Ottawa's Great Canadian Barbeque invites Canadian Authors to apply for Book Expo.

By Peter Tremblay

Smoque Shack and the Ottawa Book Expo are coming together to deliver a real Canadian feast alongside an array of literary treasures this 2020. The Expo and the Great Canadian Barbecue will be operating for a total of four days and are encouraging grassroots-oriented authors to step up and be a part of the local celebration.

There are various book fairs across Canada at any time of the year. However, it is quite rare that you find an expo that celebrates local talent exclusively, much less grandly. The Ottawa Book Expo is coming back in 2020, and it’s bringing along the Great Canadian Barbecue to celebrate Canadian roots and the literary culture in Canada.

If you’re an aspiring Canadian author, then you’re well aware of the struggle to gain an audience for your work. The Ottawa Book Expo celebrates the local pool of literary genius that has gone unnoticed.

It is the perfect opportunity to mingle with potential readers, agents, and publishing companies. It’s no secret that very few authors get the chance to face success despite multiple attempts to introduce their work.

The lack of publicity and common ties in the literary industry is one of the main reasons why your book might not be succeeding. Mingling with potential readers and fellow authors will expose you and allow you to sell your book upfront—something you can’t do when they’re being sold at a bookstore.

Join independent literary businesses in the fight to keep the literary culture in local Canada alive. It can be very disheartening to see local work ignored while mainstream authors are celebrated regularly.

The fact is, exposure is the only thing you can count on to help you make it big in the literary world. Unless you’ve managed to gain a loyal following, you are most likely not going to be successful in your writing career.

If publicity isn’t your problem, it is still a good idea to talk to like-minded folk who can help you further your goals in the literary industry. There is nothing better than sharing your experience and learning new things about the trade.

It is often forgotten that the literary world is dynamic and continuously changing. Unless you find yourself updated on new trends and publishing styles, you will be left behind, and that is something that will only prove to hinder your goals.

The Ottawa Book Expo is the ultimate event of the year that will allow you to put yourself first. Disconnect from reality and the constant barrage of technological information in the modern world by spending at least one day surrounded by books and comfort food.

The Great Canadian Barbecue offers an early bird rate of $85 per day. This includes at least one serving of each delicious Canadian favourite served by Smoque Shack.

Sample the various tapas-style dishes offered by Smoque Shack alongside all-time barbecue favourites like pulled pork sliders, jerk chicken egg rolls, brisket served on a crustini with horseradish mayonnaise and two bones of pork ribs.

In addition to the various barbecue favourites, Smoque Shack is offering one meal serving each of Smoque Shack’s signature Smoqued favourites: Andouille sausage corn dogs and skewered shrimp.

In case your mouth isn’t watering yet, you should consider the sides Smoque Shack is bringing to the Expo. You will see plates of cornbread with Jalapeno infused cheddar butter, mini mac and cheeses and various surprise feature dishes.

The Expo and the Great Canadian Barbecue will be spread out over four days of literary and culinary celebration. Food and books will be available for tasting and perusing from 11 AM to 5 PM on June 7, 2020, and July 24-26, 2020.

Once a ticket for the Great Canadian Barbecue is purchased, foodies and readers alike will be able to mingle alongside each other and enjoy a day full of literary and culinary wonder.

If you are an author who is hoping to become successful and make a living out of writing books one day, the Ottawa Book Expo is the perfect place to get a head start. Head on over to the Ottawa Book Expo website and inquire regarding author collaborator slots before they fill up. Hurry, this is the literary and culinary chance of a lifetime.

5 Tips for Delicious Barbecue


The Great Canadian Barbecue at the Ottawa Book Expo is drawing near. If you can’t wait to get your hands on some of the most scrumptious barbecue staples, try these five tips for achieving a near-perfect barbecue at home.

1. Invest in a charcoal burner

           Gas burners are fine, but nothing beats an authentic charcoal-grilled barbecue experience. Gas burners will essentially provide you with nearly the same flavour result as an oven so if you’re looking for a truly authentic barbecue with a delicious smoky flavour, make sure you’re using a charcoal grill.

2. Don’t forget the lid

           Using a lid not only allows your meat to cook faster, but it also locks in the smoky flavour. Lids are also very helpful when you’re trying out new techniques like adding melted cheese on burgers or cooking smoked ribs.

3. Timing is everything

           It’s no secret that firing up the grill and actually achieving the perfect barbecue requires patience and concentration. If you want to achieve a truly successful barbecue masterpiece, it’s important to make sure you wait for the perfect timing before you begin putting meat on your grill.

           To make sure you have the right heat, you will need to wait for the flames to die down and make sure your coals are white-hot for the most even and best heat. This will not only cook your meat faster, but it will also ensure that your meat falls right off the bone.

4. Secure your temperature

           If you’re utilizing the lid (like you should), it’s important to maintain the right temperature inside your “caveman oven”. According to DJ BBQ, you can test the temperature manually by holding your hand around 5 inches over the grill and record the length of time you can hold your hand over it without screaming.

           If you’re going for low heat, you should be able to hold your hand over the grill for a maximum of six seconds. If you’re looking for medium heat, it should be no more than five seconds and finally, two seconds typically means your grill is hotter than chilli.

5. Marinate extensively

           You may be tempted to leave your marinade on for a few hours. However, it is important to keep in mind that the smoke from barbecuing will override the flavours of your marinade. It’s important to marinate for at least 24 hours for maximum flavour. This will also guarantee that your barbecue traps moisture and caramelizes perfectly.

Overall, barbecues are a rite of passage for any food lover. Events like the Great Canadian Barbecue are perfect for coming together and sharing barbecue tips with fellow foodies. Who knows? You might just learn a trick or two that you’ve never heard of before.