Go Gourmet For Your Next BBQ: 3 Impressive Ingredients To Get

Posted on: 17 March 2017

If you are looking for a way to spice up your next BBQ, and are particularly interested in making it a more "foodie" or gourmet friendly event to impress your guests, then you should get some really high-end ingredients for your BBQ. You don't have to get a new, fancy BBQ smoker, or some other elaborate setup with cedar or maple wood chips; special foods and drinks should be enough on their own to transform the meal. Here's a list of what to get.

Heirloom Tomatoes

An excellent way to really turn the side salads into something impressive is to get a selection of heirloom tomatoes. Not only do these taste amazing (with a much richer and more complex flavor than the standard tomatoes you find in the grocer) they look beautiful. Heirloom tomatoes are prized for their unique look. They come in all sorts of colors and sizes. You can normally find a selection of heirloom tomatoes for sale at a specialty grocer (the container might be a mix of different cultivars such as Black Krim or Brandywine).

Small Batch BBQ Sauce

If you're not planning on making your own BBQ sauce, then at least get a nice small batch sauce. Avoid the plastic bottles of sauce that you see in major grocery stores. These are often loaded with high-fructose corn syrup and a synthetic smoke flavor. They are not subtle and not ideal for a gourmet BBQ. Instead, try and pick up one of the small batch sauces that are made with real ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and other quality ingredients.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Ale

You're going to want to serve beer at your BBQ, and a really cool variation on a normal beer would be a bourbon barrel aged ale. These ales are brewed either light or dark and then finished by storing them in the oak barrels that bourbon was made in.  The oak retains some of the flavor from the bourbon and this flavor, as well as some of the nice oak finish, is transferred to the beer. It's a cool choice for a BBQ since BBQ has a southern connotation, and Bourbon is the classical whiskey of the South.

Tamworth Pork

If you're going to be making pork BBQ, then a perfect choice is Tamworth pork. The Tamworth pig is bred by small farmers, and is not found on the large scale factory farms. Therefore, this breed of pig is very well kept and is not subjected to the crushing life of a normal factory farmed pig. Not only is this better for the pig (which will impress your ethically conscious guests) but it makes for a better pork. The Tamworth pigs are able to move about freely, graze, and behave like pigs of old. They have a leaner body, and chefs at some of the world's finest restaurants choose to use Tamworth pork. For more information, contact companies like SP Ranches.