Easy Tips and Tricks for Perfect Grilling

A delicious, smoky flavor, and a nice char, makes everything taste a little better — especially when cooked on a grill. Whether you’re an experienced grill master or are picking up tongs for the first time, these grilling tips can help elevate the flavors of your summer menu.

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Get the perfect sear

A nice sear is the key to perfectly grilled meat. Steaks should have a good char on the outside with some pink on the inside. You can achieve this by patting off any marinade so that the steak is nice and dry. Then, simply leave your steak alone until it’s time to flip. The longer you leave the steak untouched, the more the char will develop.

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Add some flavor

A simple glaze can impart tons of flavors into a variety of meats. For a super easy glaze, try melting one of our Farmstand Fruit Spreads onto the grill or brushing on our Cranberry Mustard.

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Make your burgers nice and juicy

A great burger starts with even cooking. Because burgers tend to puff up in the middle as they cook, this can be a bit difficult. By creating a small indentation in the middle of your burger before placing on the grill, the meat will stay in better contact with the grill. Finish with some yummy condiments like our Smoked Gouda and Sweet Hot Mustard.

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Get your veggies

Grilling isn’t only great for meats; it can also make for some amazing veggies. Coat your veggies in olive oil, salt and pepper before applying directly to the grill. Add greater complexity to your sides by chopping grilled veggies and mixing them with pieces of our Farmhouse Cheddar, some pasta and a balsamic vinegar dressing.

With these simple grilling tips, along with our Hickory Farms cheeses and gourmet mustards, you can prepare a grilled feast your guests will love.

Pack the Perfect Basket for a Fun Outdoor Meal

What could be better than sitting on some fresh-cut grass with a warm breeze and a delicious gourmet basket? For the finest in al fresco dining, spend a little time reconnecting with nature by gathering your friends and family for a lovely picnic. Grab your basket and pack up these four enticing dishes to create one memorable meal.

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The Appetizer

Fight off hunger with a couple yummy Chicken Bites. These are easy to share with your friends and family. Start by cutting up pieces of boneless chicken breast into chunks. Then, give the chicken a little bath in buttermilk before tossing it in crushed crackers, like our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, mixed with a bit of flour, salt and pepper. Pan fry the chicken in hot oil and serve your cute little bites with a side of our Honey & Pineapple Mustard, or try our Chipotle Ranch Sauce.

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The Salad

Since lettuce doesn’t tend to travel well, pasta-based salads are a great alternative for a picnic salad. Cook and drain your pasta as you sauté a variety of fresh seasonal veggies, such as garlic, onions, peppers, zucchini and squash. Add a dash of white wine and fresh cooked black beans, then continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Finish by combining the pasta and veggies with a big scoop of pesto sauce and diced pieces of our Beef Summer Sausage.

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The Entree

No picnic is complete without a delicious sandwich. For a simple gourmet treat, stop by your local bakery and choose a fresh baked artisan loaf. Spread our Horseradish Sauce on one slice of bread, and then top it with a pile of thinly sliced roast beef, pieces of our Peppercorn White Cheddar and a heap of caramelized onions.

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The Cheese Course

For a fancy dessert alternative, end your meal with a traditional cheese course. Simply slice pieces of our Farmhouse Cheddar, Peppercorn White Cheddar Blend and Smoked Cheddar Blend, and serve everything with crackers, assorted preserves and some ripe seasonal fruits.

With these delightful picnic dishes, featuring items from our Hickory Farms’ Pantry Essentials, you can enjoy a flavorful summer full of delicious treats!

Featured Basket – Hickory Tropical Delight

When searching for the perfect gift for a special occasion, you can go the traditional route with a bouquet of flowers, or you can give a gift your friends and family will be able to enjoy for weeks to come. Whether it be for a wedding, baby shower, birthday, anniversary, or holiday, your loved ones are bound to gravitate towards a beautiful and delicious gift basket. With one of our Hickory Farms gift baskets; everyone can enjoy a great assortment of sweet treats, yummy snacks, delicious cheeses and a few fun surprises. Our Hickory Tropical Delight basket is the perfect basket for all occasions. 

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Sweet treats meet savory eats

No matter whether your friends or family prefer sweet or savory snacks, they’re sure to find plenty to love in this diverse basket. Cheese fans are in for a treat, as the basket includes both our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar. You can serve these cheeses with our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers for a quick hors d’oeuvre.

Fresh fruits bring out new nuances of flavor when paired with a delicious cheese. You can complete a fabulous cheese plate with slices of our D’Anjou Pears, Red D’Anjou Pears, Navel Oranges, Kiwi Fruit and Fuji Apples. For an extra burst of protein, grab a handful of our Roasted & Salted Pistachios or Mixed Nuts.

If you’re looking for something a little decadent, this basket definitely delivers. Your family will love indulging in our Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints. Any lucky bride or birthday girl will love our extra festive and brightly colored flower-shaped sugar cookie.

A little something extra special

With this generous basket, you’ll also receive a bottle of Mirassou Chardonnay. Boasting refined flavors and a smooth finish, this easy drinking Chardonnay is the perfect finish to a delightful basket.

To truly customize your basket, add in a couple of your own additions, such as a couple baby outfits, an engraved frame, or just a nice card. With so many different treats, the Hickory Tropical Delight is a great gift for celebrations of all types.