Grilling Shopping Guide: Essential Summer Edibles
Serve or cook with some of our favorite sauces, barbecue accompaniments and seasonal sweets at your outdoor gathering.
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Forty-Ounce Rosé, $16
You may have spent your college days chasing Colt 45 with Olde English, or perhaps some Steel Reserve. But there's a new kind of "40" on the block this summer — and it refuses to hide behind a brown paper bag. Forty Ounce Wines, famous for their refreshing Muscadet, has finally given the people what they really want: A crisp and floral rosé imported from France that's perfect for pairing with picnic foods on a day at the park. Pinky up!
Mustard Pickle Relish, $6.50
This clever (and crunchy!) condiment tastes as bright and vibrant as it looks — and it's the perfect addition to your loaded hot dogs and hamburgers this summer.
24K Gold Champagne Marshmallows, $24
Dress up a glass of bubbly with these flashy marshmallows coated it edible 24 karat gold. Or, better yet, surprise your barbecue guests with glittering gold s'mores.
Dark Chocolate & Cold Brew Coffee Goat's Milk Caramel, $26 for 2-Pack
The "it" girl of iced coffee breaks new ground this summer in rich caramel from Fat Toad Farm. Try swirling a spoonful onto ice cream for a sweet coffee kick. Or enjoy the equally indulgent spicy dark chocolate caramel, which packs a warm hint of cayenne.
Salted Caramel Custard Pie with Pretzel Crust, $36
If you want a taste of this sweet-and-salty perfection — and trust us, you do — you'll have to travel to Morgenstern's brick-and-mortar location on Rivington Street in New York City's Lower East Side. In all honesty, we think that's a small price to pay for what's referred to locally as "the holy grail of salted caramel as a pie."
Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha, $10
We challenge you to find a single dish that won't benefit from a drizzle of this condiment from Bushwick Kitchen. The sweet and spicy flavors of classic Sriracha meet the fermented complexity of gochujang chili paste in a way that will leave you weak in the knees, just as the name suggests.
5-Cheese Freakout Potato Chips, $5
On the lookout for a new summer snack? Just set out a bowl of these deliciously cheesy chips at your next summer party and watch how quickly it empties. Coated in a cheesy spice blend that contains Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Parmesan, Blue Asiago and Romano cheese, it's easy to see why they're so hard to resist.
Spicy Margarita Drink Mixer, $10
Think you have to visit a bar for a craft cocktail? This margarita mixer will prove you wrong. It's not too sweet, not too syrupy and has just the right amount of spice to surprise (but not overwhelm!) your cookout guests.
Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP, $24 for 6-Pack
These Minnesota-based popcorn producers are known for their addictively crunchy snackfood in an array of sweet, salty and spicy flavors. This year, they've released five new options that are perfect for summer snacking: Real Butter, Cheddar Cheese, Dark Chocolaty Sea Salt, Milk Chocolaty Peanut Butter and Caramel.
Queen Majesty Hot Sauce, $25 for 3-Pack
This flavor-packed hot sauce trio satisfies every preference across the spice spectrum. Try the pleasantly zippy jalapeno-tequila-lime hot sauce on sunny-side-up eggs, and use the spicier Scotch bonnet-ginger hot sauce on pulled pork or grilled chicken. The red habanero-black coffee is the hottest of the three. We recommend adding just a few drops to meaty barbecued ribs.
Bunches & Bunches Mole Trifecta, $36 for 3-Pack
Marinate your way to perfectly seasoned meals this summer with Bunches & Bunches Mole Trifecta. The set includes a rich red mole (excellent for braising meat and poultry), a smokier alternative, plus a fire-roasted chile sauce, which is great as a zesty dip for tortilla chips.
Plum Tree Tayberry Jam, $12
Tayberries are a cross between blackberries and red raspberries, but what you really need to know is that the fruit makes the most-addictive jam we've tasted in a long time. Croissants, shortbread and toast will all benefit from a generous spoonful, so be sure to have a jar on hand for your next brunch party.
"Ezra" Cheddar — Murray's Cavemaster Reserve, $30 for 1 Pound
For the past year, New York City's leading purveyors of fine cheeses have been hard at work perfecting the first New York-made, clothbound Cheddar ever available on the market. The end result is nothing less than what we would expect from Murray's: A crumbly yet fudgy Cheddar with notes of meaty bacon and sour cream. Melt a few crumbles on the top of a burger, or serve it straight up with a fizzy summer ale or a crisp white wine.
Red Bee Honeycomb Box, $30
If you want to experience honey in its finest form, you have to go right to the source: sweet raw honeycomb, just as the bees created it. Serve it whole with a selection of cheeses for a creative summer dessert.
Nitro Cold Brew Hibiscus Tea, $20 for 4-Can Case
Why should coffee have all the fun? Bursting with floral sweetness, this cold-brewed hibiscus tea from Caveman Coffee gets an infusion of nitrogen bubbles, resulting in the kind of crisp, fizzy sip we crave on a hot summer's day.