Barbecue season is upon us — but with that comes some serious responsibility! We know that finding the right item to bring to your neighbourhood shindig is never easy, but luckily you�ve come to the right place. Here are the things we can�t stop thinking about this summer that are sure to guarantee you an invitation back!
Light & Fresh
Compliment the meal your pal is serving up by bringing a salad made with fresh, local vegetables from your local farmers market. We like the spicy salad mixes from Kind Organics and the hearty greens and roots from Vicki�s Veggies. Both come pre-washed in zip locks making from easy transport! Putting together a salad too much work? Grab a couple tomatoes and some fresh cheese for super-seasonal burger toppings instead.
The Apple Doesn�t Fall Far from the� BBQ?
Show up with a case of Thornbury Craft Apple Cider and you will be worshipped like the BBQ Boss you are. This premium (and gluten-free) cider is a dry, crisp beverage that pairs well with an evening spent outdoors! Want extra brownie points? Grab a sixer of the limited edition Cranberry Cider next time your in the bottle shop!
Bring Out the Big Guns
If you�re gunning for the (super) official title of “BBQ Boss” this summer then you need to stop by Sanagans Meat Locker. The world is your oyster (or cote de bouef) when you stop in to stock up. Whether you pick up a slab of their BBQ ribs, thick-cut bacon or dry-aged beef, you will be talked about for summers to come. In a rush? Grab a ‘Weekender Bag’! It’s full of hot dogs, dry aged burgers, plus eggs and bacon for the morning after. Now that’s what we call a win.
Put Some Mustard On It
Did you know you can now get a taste of #FeastOn Certified Caplansky’s Deli at home? We like the hot & horseradish-y, but you can’t go wrong with classic yellow!
Is there anything better than sipping a savoury Caesar while someone else does the cooking? We think not. This gift set by South Pond Farms does all the work for you (and makes a really impressive looking gift). Spend your Saturday exploring the grounds before picking up treats to bring to that Sunday BBQ.
We have one word for you: pie. The best pie (in order to complete your BBQ Boss quest) requires a visit to Spirit Tree Estate Cidery. But why stop there? They also offer a daily selection of artisanal pastries, buns, scones, tarts and cookies; and Heatherlea Farm Market is just down the road. They’ve got you covered if you’re looking to throw a piece of meat on the grill.
Not Your Average Hostess Gift
If the host has the menu covered, no worries! Instead of contributing to the meal, bring something they can save for another time. Anyone who knows their way around a grill will appreciate a bottle of Pristine Gourmet Virgin Oil; choose from three locally-grown and pressed oils including Canola, Soybean and Sunflower.
HINT: Looking for a Canadian themed gift for the summer of Canada 150? Try Pristine Gourmet�s infused Maple Vidal Vinegar- a gift your host will not soon forget!
Take our advice and bring any of these items to your barbecue, and you will become the reigning champion of barbecues. You�re welcome. Stay tuned for more tips on how to show summer who�s the boss!