Bringing Michigan to the BBQ

Bringing Michigan to the BBQ

The weekends of summer are filling up fast!  As we all scramble to enjoy every second of sunshine, don’t forget to bring a dish to pass!  I rounded up five easy things to bring to your next BBQ that make our Mitten look and taste awesome.

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1. Everidae Sweet Habanero Sauce

If you haven’t heard of this stuff yet, just go to Meijer right now and get some.  Everidae is a a jellied glaze produced by Dominic Sorenson of Scoville Farms.  He discovered the recipe while making a simpler pepper jelly, and now Everidae has been picked up by local restaurants and Meijer, Kroger and Spartan Stores.  It comes in Mild, Medium and Hot and is good on a bagel with cream cheese, as a glaze on pork chops, as a brat condiment, or wherever you can find a place for it on your BBQ menu.

2. Hudsonville Ice Cream

If you’re in charge of bringing dessert, force everyone to thank you.  Hudsonville Ice Cream makes some of the most delicious flavor concoctions around, and is super easy to find as all of Michigan is tasting the difference.  From Tiger Traxx to their Summer Celebration blend with Sherbert, a pack of sugar cones and a gallon of assorted flavors will put your BBQ in business.  While they are all over Michigan grocery stores, use their scoop locator to find more Hudsonville Ice Cream wherever you are.

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3. Water St. Coffee

After a day on the lake or working in the sun, you may need a pick-me-up before the sun goes down.  Or maybe you just love coffee, like me!  Located in Kalamazoo, Water St. Coffee Roasters have outdone themselves with the release of their Fair Trade Organic Bottled Iced Coffee four packs; the beans are roasted, brewed and bottled in their K-Zoo facility and sold in all of their cafe/kitchen locations.  Stay tuned to their social media networks, as they hope to get these brewing wholesale in the future!

4. Garden Fresh Chips and Salsa

This delicious line of products is Michigan-based!  I was so excited to find that Ferndale is the home of one of the best snack recipes on the market.  Pick up some Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mild Guacamole, or a couple flavors of salsa with a bag of Kettle Style Blue Corn Tortilla Chips!  Some of the more creative salsa combos include Peach Pineapple, Sweet Onion and Fire-Roasted Tomatillo, but I can pretty confidently say that anything from Garden Fresh will go fast at your next gathering.

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5. Michigan Craft Beer!

This is an easy one.  If you don’t want to load up on cans and bottles anymore, growlers and howlers are the best solution!  A growler is a 64oz. glass jar that every brewery in town will fill with the brew of your choice.  A howler, if you don’t need a ton of beer, or want a few flavors, is 32 oz.  This is a good way to show off your favorite local Michigan brewery to friends and family, and it is a truly more economical way to drink without the hassle of taking back your cans.  In my experience, growlers will keep for a week if sealed properly, and once opened, must be finished in the next 48 hours!

What local Michigan products do you crave in the summer?  Tweet us or comment to tell us about your finest Michigan summer BBQ dish: #MiBBQ and #mittenlove!