Summer Eats 101

Seasonal faves, BBQ essentials, and original recipes

4th of July is over, but the summer season is just getting started! Get festive this weekend with a spread of our favorite snacks and recipes that are guaranteed to set off fireworks at any socially-safe party, whether you’re hosting a backyard get-together or a rooftop soiree.

Jasper Hill Harbison

Before Murray’s Cavemaster Reserve Greensward, there was Harbison. Hailing from the Cellars at Jasper Hill, this spoonable treat is a spruce-wrapped wheel of gooey cream with a gentle woodsy profile that make it the perfect centerpiece for a crudité platter. Smooth and silky, this buttery, floral cheese is ideal for dipping all kinds of snacks, from crisp veggies to a crusty baguette, or even your favorite potato chips. The best part about this crowd-pleaser? It’s a low-maintenance stunner–just slice open the top and serve it up, like we did for our original Harbison Pigs in a Blanket recipe.

Sausages + Hot Dogs

It wouldn’t be a barbecue without hot dogs, so skip the grocery store and grab some gourmet sausages and dogs from some of our favorite local producers. These all-American classics come in a variety of flavors, so you can create a bite that’s beefy, balanced, or even slightly smoky. Top it off with some Sir Kensington’s Mustard or a dollop of Hillside Piccalilli Relish for ultimate summer flavor.

Red, White, and Blue Slushies

Whether it’s Labor Day or Fourth of July, this colorful cooler is the ideal beverage. Wow your backyard barbecue guests with this beautiful and delicious slushie made from frozen berries, rum, and some mouthwatering jam from Sidehill Farm. Just line up the layers of this cool combination of bright, fruity flavor for a crowd-pleasing cocktail that will light up your summer soiree like fireworks.

McClure’s Pickles

Crunchy and oh-so-snackable, these classic American pickles are the real deal. McClure’s has all of your favorites: dill, bread and butter chips, and even a spiced option for the more adventurous eaters out there. Ideal on a summer cheese board or for topping off a juicy burger, these crisp spears and chips are guaranteed to have people coming back for more. Plus, they make the ultimate sweet snack on their own, or even dipped in a soft cheese.


Want more summer barbecue essentials? Check out our seasonal specials and timeless classics here.

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