Essential Ingredients for a Michigan Summer Cookout

By: Michael Fossbakk | July 17, 2020

Barbecues. Cookouts. Backyard grillin’. Whatever you call it, spending time with your favorite people on a warm summer night, eating great food, and drinking your favorite drink, to many, is the epitome of a Michigan summer.

Once you’ve turned your backyard into your personal vacation spot, it’s time to put all of that to use, right? But, before you fire up the grill, make sure you put these Michigan products on your shopping list.

Snack Time

Michigan cookouts would not be complete without the right food and what’s a cookout without snacks before the main course? If you’re making this a Michigan cookout, you need to have the essentials, like Better Made Potato Chips, Germack Pistachios, and McClure’s Pickles…what? Pickles are a snack, too.

If you really want to “wow” the party, check out everything Mongers’ Provisions has to offer. From cheese and charcuterie to chocolate and wine, the staff at both of Mongers’ locations can help you craft a selection of items that people will love.

Thirst-Quenchers

Speaking of wine, if you’re spending all this time outside, you’re going to get thirsty. Whether it’s a cold bottle of Faygo or Vernors or one of Michigan’s great summertime craft beers, there are a variety of thirst-quenching options available. If you want to try your hand at making cocktails from some of Metro Detroit’s favorite bars, there are several that are selling cocktail kits you can bring home and serve to your friends.

The Main Course

With snacks sufficiently grazed and thirst levels at an all-time low, it’s time for the main course. Whether you’re grilling burgers, hot dogs, fish, or something else entirely, there are great grocers and specialty stores to check in Metro Detroit. Farm Field Table specializes in whole animal butchery and partners with local farmers that practice sustainability. Saad Meats has been around for 40 years and is a fantastic choice for halal meats. And Dearborn Meat Market is doing business through its online store and brings in beef three days a week to maintain a fresh selection.

What are some of your Michigan mainstays when it comes to backyard cookouts? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram!