What to Grill, Drink, and Play at Your Next Summer Barbecue

By: Scott Davis | July 20, 2018

A fun way to add more heat to the sun-filled summer days is by having, a great barbecue. The flames off the grill, juice coming off the meats, and dew off the ice cold beers are classic images at any good barbecue.

It’s a superb way to spend time with family and friends, but it might seem overwhelming to plan if you’re the one hosting. That’s why we’re here, to help you plan the best barbecue possible! So fire up the grill, grab some cold drinks, and enjoy the rest of summer with our guide to crafting the perfect summer barbecue.

First, you’ll need to figure out what you and your guests want to grill. The classic hot dogs and hamburgers are always a good choice, but what if you want to venture a little outside the norm? You can visit Alcamo’s Market in Dearborn where they have plenty of grill worthy meats to make your barbecue memorable.  Whether you want to try their premium ground beef, homemade Italian sausage, or even their T-bone steaks, they have exactly what you need to make your barbecue a hit.

While Alcamo’s Market will help you venture outside hot dogs and hamburgers, Sprout House Natural Market in Grosse Pointe Park will help you expand your palate with some truly unique vegan options. To go along with their popular homemade organic sandwiches and soups, Sprout House has plenty of vegan barbecue options to satisfy everyone. They also have some great organic side options too, like organic salsa and dip to go with your chips.

There are few things more refreshing that a nice fruit tray on a hot summer day, and Market Fresh in Beverly Hills has your covered. The full service community market has numerous options, but their fruit tray will be sure to satisfy everyone at your barbecue. Featuring a combination of cantaloup, honeydew melon, pineapple, strawberries, and grapes, their fruit tray is perfect on a summer afternoon.

A fruit tray can be refreshing, but to quench your thirst in the summer heat, you’re going to need some truly satisfying drinks. There are of course numerous places to snag your favorite drinks, but Cloverleaf Fine Wine and Craft Beer will help satisfy that thirst with some unique drinks. They have a wide selection of fine wine and craft beer, and their knowledgeable staff will help you make the right selection for any occasion.

While food is arguably the most important aspect for any summer barbecue, you’re going to need to entertain your guests, and a great way to do that is with a fun game of cornhole. T and J Custom Cornhole in Westland will help you get the best looking cornhole boards around. Whether you want to rep you alma mater, your favorite sports team, or your favorite places in Michigan, you’ll be able to find the boards that will make your barbecue stand out.

Now that you’ve got some ideas for food, drinks, and games for your next barbecue, get out there and enjoy the rest of Metro Detroit’s summer while it’s still here!