It’s time to fire up the grill and gather around friends and family, enjoy some great food and pair some wines perfect for the season. Here are our suggestions on how to make the best of this Memorial Day holiday weekend.
From a comprehensive guide to barbecue (including instructions to build your own simple, DIY tabletop meat smoker), red wines you can chill, refreshing beers, burger advice, a light yet hearty salad, plus four takes on sangria, we’ve got you covered.
Looking for recipes for brisket, pulled pork, or spare ribs? We’ve got all three for you, from the barbecue capitals of America. Plus, how to grill on gas versus charcoal, along with BBQ facts. Feeling ambitious? Check out our instructions on how to make your own tabletop smoker.
On a warm day, what wines should you serve with all that glorious barbecue? Grab a bottle of red, but give it some time in the fridge or an ice bucket. There are plenty of red wine varieties that benefit from a good chill during hotter months. We run down what you should keep cool with, grape by grape.
Two Beer Styles Made for the Patio
Not in the mood for wine? There’s plenty of great beer to enjoy while relaxing outside. Find out why lagers are anything but boring. These crisp, clean beers are the epitome of summer refreshment. Don’t forget about wheat beers, either. Cool down with our recommended sudsy selections.
Think you make the best burger in town? Meet Rodney Blackwell, self-professed Burger Junkie. He’s so passionate about the hamburger he founded the Sacramento Burger Battle. Pick up some new tips from the meat master, along with strong opinions on the patty, the bun, toppings and more, and let us know how you make your perfect burger.
Ok, burgers, brisket, pulled pork, and ribs? Maybe it’s time for a salad. This Charred Cauliflower Salad is made hearty with pecans, dates, and, kale, and makes the perfect side dish for any cookout.
Chillable reds? Cold, crisp lagers and summertime wheat beers? Check, check and check. But how about cocktails for a crowd? We’ve got four creative recipes to make your next pitcher of sangria stand apart from the crowd, each made with a different wine: Riesling, rosé, Tempranillo, and Sherry.