Last Updated: May 19, 2015
Did you know May is National Barbeque Month? We Minnesotans have to soak up as much backyard sunshine and chow down enough summery foods to last us through winter, so fire up that grill and keep it hot till October! There are endless ways to celebrate the glory of barbeque, but here are a few ideas to get the party started.
We have a ton of great barbeque sauces in grocery, each with their own unique flavor profiles. Some of our favorites are from right here in the Midwest:
Triple Crown BBQ Sauce
Three-time Minnestoa State Fair blue ribbon winner! Triple Crown is made in Minneapolis and is organic, gluten-free, and vegan. It has a nicely balanced, versatile flavor, bringing together tangy notes of tamarind and citrus, hickory smoke, and sweetness from molasses.
Local Folks Foods Honey Bar-Bee-Que Sauce
Local Folks Foods uses all Midwest-sourced ingredients that are fully ripe and at the peak of freshness and flavor. Their BBQ sauce is gluten free, HFCS-free (high fructose corn syrup), non-GMO, and without artificial ingredients. With distinct tones of honey and a hint of chili heat, this BBQ sauce is the perfect blend of mildly spicy and sweet.
Two Fat Guys
From McHenry, Illinois, Two Fat Guys makes a whole line of gluten free, HFCS-free, non-GMO BBQ sauces. Their Spicy Gourmet Barbeque Sauce is based on the same recipe as their Scovie-award-winning Mild sauce, but with a smoldering touch of heat. Their Lava Hot BBQ sauce, made with GF beer, is also award winning. Try the Bloody Mary recipe on the side of the jar for a spicy twist on a classic.
If you're looking to expand your barbeque chops beyond the usual grillables, experiment with a few of these recipes:
BBQ Spaghetti - a novel use for BBQ sauce from the Food Network. Includes a recipe for DIY sauce, or use your favorite bottle.
Beyond the Baste recipes from Bon Appetit including BBQ chive butter, bacon BBQ grilled cheese, a BBQ biscuit breakfast sammy, BBQ meatloaf poppers, spicy BBQ deviled eggs, cheesy bean bruschetta, grilled pineapple with smoky BBQ whipped cream, individual BBQ chicken pita pizzas, and grilled salmon with sweet-and-sour BBQ glaze.
Ways to use up leftover BBQ Sauce recipes from the Mother Nature Network. Like Succotash with BBQ Portobello mushrooms, chicken burritos, beans, pasta salad, and nachos.
Or go DIY and make your own with this easy recipe from The Kichn.com!
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Seasonal recipes are pinned to our Spring | This Week in Produce board. Wedge created recipes from our bi-weekly Freshly In Flyer and quarterly newsletter the Share can be found on the Freshly Made at the Wedge board.