‘Tis the season for hosting! We know there is nothing quite like gathering your friends and family for a sizzling summer barbecue. Thankfully, we can rely on some of our favorite spots around Nashville to provide all the essentials to ensure that you are fully equipped for your backyard bash. From your starting snacks and refreshing beverage pairings to the sizzling main event on the grill and even the table setting, we have a list of dishes and items to help you plan your best meal yet!
FOR THE APPS
We can’t remember a Southern get-together that didn’t include pimento cheese — thankfully. Lee Ann Merrick, owner of Tinwings, shows us that she absolutely knows how to create this staple crowd-pleaser. Grab a container of the pimento cheese for $6 and a fresh loaf of artisan bread for $5, and watch as this beautiful spread vanishes before you even get a chance to sneak a dip!
Olives & cheese
Greet your guests with olives and cheese bites from Kroger. The world is your oyster as you approach the olive bar and the cheese section to hand select exactly the flavors that you and your guests are seeking. Olives are available to purchase in a variety of container sizes, priced at $8.99 per pound, and the cheese prices vary. A charcuterie board finished with olives and cheese makes the perfect plate of munchies.
FOR THE MAIN
These hearty links are a must for this season’s grilling. Luckily, our friends and neighborhood butchers at Bare Bones Butcher can provide the top-of-the-line in quality and responsibly sourced meats. Choose from flavors, including garlic and fennel, matador and Polish kielbasa, each for $11.99 per pound, as you seriously upgrade your grill game with these delicious sausages.
Add some color (and nutrients!) to your table with these locally grown organic vegetables from Green Door Gourmet. Their on-farm market provides the best in fresh produce, and there is truly no limit to what you can create. Whether you prepare the vegetables with spices on the grill or chopped in a salad, this rainbow of veggies will add nutrients, fresh flavors and vibrant colors to your menu. Craft your multi-colored collection with any of the following items, priced per pound: patty pan squash at $3.25, heirloom tomatoes at $3.25, candy onions at $1.25, bell peppers at $2.49, eggplant at $1.99, zucchini at $2.49, poblano peppers at $3.99 and shishito peppers at 25 cents.
FOR THE SAUCE
BBQ Sauce, Texas Ketchup and Blackberry BBQ Sauce
No summer barbecue is quite complete without the essential sauces. Our friends from the Acme Feed & Seed pantry are here to lend a hand in that critical department with their James Bros. BBQ sauce for $9, Texas Ketchup for $9 and Acme Blackberry BBQ Sauce for $9. Whether sweet or spicy, the flavors will brings you meal to life.
FOR THE SIDES
Pasta salad and potato salad
Everyone knows that sides are essential for a summer barbecue. We are looking to Southernaire Market to provide us with their excellent execution of two of our favorites — potato salad and pasta salad — available for $3 per container. We advise you to carefully consider your quantity because these sides will be very popular.
FOR THE DRINKS
We have been loving all of the canned cocktails this season. This lemon-ginger with rosemary flavor of Portland Sangria is an absolute must for a refreshing and delicious cocktail that you don’t even have to make. Grab these colorful cans from Harvest Wine Market for $4.99 each, and you may just find that it’s your new summer beverage.
Rosé is truly a triple threat — it looks delicious in any glass, it gives us something sweet to sip, and it is refreshing on the hottest of summer days — and this bottle from Green Hills Corkdorks is no exception. For $15.99, you will want to walk away with a few of these gorgeous Fleurs de Prairie bottles, ready to pair with your summer dishes or use in a fresh cocktail. For those extra hot days, we strongly suggest using it to make a frosé slushie.
FOR THE DESSERTS
Let’s not forget about grabbing a sweet treat to close out the meal. Get yourself to Christie Cookie Co. to grab a dozen of their fresh cookies, and you will secure an effortless dessert for your guests for $30. Choose from a variety of their popular flavors in order to give everyone a taste of their favorites. Pay a visit to Christie Cookie Co.‘s new 12South location to see the vibrant red storefront and let the wafting scents capture you from there!
FOR THE KIDS
As the kids run around in the backyard heat, give them the healthy snack that will keep them energized. Snag a variety of the fresh juices from The Juice Bar, from $6.95 to $7.25, to satisfy them while they wait for the meal. You’ll sneak in some essential fruits and veggies with these delicious juices that they will love.
FOR THE DECOR
We love decor that doubles as both a centerpiece and a cute and seasonal home accessory. You can get this rustic metal farm truck for $69.99 from Flower Mart and fill it with artificial flowers for $8.99 per stem, for decor that will last for all of your barbecues to come.
There is no reason to sweat your next barbecue (besides, of course, when running to and from the grill). Check out these awesome local spots for all the most delicious and easy components for your next gathering!
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