Gourmet Registry: Grilling & BBQ

There’s no need to limit your wedding registry to the basics. If your kitchen is already stocked with the essentials, now’s the time to make sure you’re prepared for all the grilling and barbecuing summer has to offer.

There’s no time quite like summer to head out to the patio, fire up the grill and take dinner from the confines of the kitchen to nature’s wide open spaces. If the sizzle of meat against grill grate makes your mouth water, if your family has a secret barbecue sauce recipe in a bank lock box, or if you’re just itching to up your game from burgers and brats to some serious protein, look no further.

First things first, you’ll need a grill. If you’ve got one that you’re hoping to replace, your wedding registry is a great way to do it. For a yard or patio with a good amount of space, lean toward a 3-burner model like this one from Huntington. Electronic ignition will keep your fingers away from the flame, while stainless steel tube burners assure even heat distribution. Are you devoted to the smoky flavor of pretty much anything cooked over charcoal? There’s nothing quite like a Big Green Egg. No matter what you choose, grilling wouldn’t be grilling without the heat source. 

Once you’ve picked the machinery, it’s time for tools. No barbecue or grill master’s kit is complete without tongs, a fork, a slotted spatula and a basting mop. This set from Williams-Sonoma is forged from stainless steel and features extra-long handles with stay-cool protection for your hands. For extra heat protection, the Pit Mitt Grilling Glove – made from aramid fiber and featuring a silicone grip – is the ideal accessory for a home pitmaster. To keep an eye on the heat of the meat, an electric thermometer is your best friend. This wireless model allows you to set a notification and carry the monitor with you. It will alert you when your meat has reached the desired temperature, allowing you to mingle without leaving your dinner unattended. 

Now it’s time for flavor. If you prefer fish to red meat, there’s nothing quite like grilling a whole salmon filet on a cedar plank. Just be sure to get cedar that is food-safe (consider buying it at a specialty food shop), as many pieces of wood at lumberyards have been treated with chemicals that you don’t want to eat. For the sauce aficionado, there’s nothing quite like the BBQ Sauce of the Month club. Get two hard-to-find, gourmet bottles of barbecue sauce from famous chefs and BBQ joints across the country every month for a year’s worth of meat-topping magic. 

Fish is nice, but meat and a grill are a match made in heaven. Some of the country’s top meat purveyors are selling their wares online, meaning you can enjoy restaurant-quality beef, pork, lamb and more in the comfort of your own home. Can’t decide between New York Strip and Filet Mignon? Prepare a truly luxurious meal to share with your spouse by grilling up one of Pat LaFrieda’s Black Angus Porterhouse Steaks. If your mouth waters when you think about juicy, succulent burgers, look no further than Ottomanelli's Grass Fed Lean Ground Beef. Whether you top it with cheese and mushrooms or let it shine with just a little lettuce and a toasted bun, you're sure to enjoy this amazing blend.

Backyard cooking is about more than just meat and heat, and no one knows that better than the grill master himself, Bobby Flay. From appetizers and sides to grill-friendly drinks and mouthwatering barbecue, Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction features 150 recipes and some of Bobby’s top grilling and barbecue tips. For the serious barbecue addict, Dr. BBQ himself has put together Slow Fire, a beginner’s guide with some of his best recipes for everything from brisket to sides.

Armed with tools this great, you’ll be ready to entertain all summer long.


-- Jaimie Schoen

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