Tasty Memorial Day BBQ Meals to Try this Spring

Memorial Day is all about spending time with friends and family. Over the years, picnics have become an important part of the annual tradition. Be the star of the feast this summer by preparing these fun Memorial Day BBQ meals with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Toast the Traditions gift box.

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Start with an appetizer

When enjoying time with friends and family, you don’t want to rush. Instead of cooking right away, put out a nice appetizer to nibble on while your guests chat.

For a snack that is simple to prepare and can be made ahead of time, try a sausage and cheese platter. Start by removing the casing from our Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage, and cut the sausage into thin pieces. Then, slice our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend into cubes. Place the cheese and sausage on a platter with slices of our Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears to give your guests plenty of possible flavor combinations.

Make an unexpected entree

While most picnics feature hot dogs and hamburgers, you can make yours a bit more elegant with a delicious salmon bake. For this simple recipe, start by making a crust for the fish by mixing a cup of our diced pistachios from the gift box with brown sugar, dill, black pepper, and lemon juice. Spoon the mixture onto your salmon, and bake until the fish flakes. For a nice final touch, serve your guests a glass of the La Crema Chardonnay. With its citrus notes, the wine is a perfect pairing for the salmon.

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End with a delicious dessert

The mixed nuts from the basket can quickly be transformed into a yummy nut bar. Start by making a crust out of flour, brown sugar, salt, and butter, and press the mixture into a pan. Then, melt down butterscotch chips and butter with a little corn syrup. Place the nuts on the crust, pour the butterscotch mixture over the top, and bake.

With the Toast the Traditions basket from Hickory Farms, you have everything you need for a great Memorial Day picnic, from start to finish.

Savory Steak Marinades with Red Wine

You know that your steak tastes fantastic with a glass of bold red wine. But did you know that putting red wine in a marinade can add flavor and make your steak more tender? Transform the Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Farms Signature Gift Box with Red Wine into an amazing marinade for your steak with these tips.

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Marinade Basics

The first thing you should know when preparing red wine steak marinades is how to achieve a good balance. A great marinade packs your steak with flavor while also tenderizing the meat. The basic rule of thumb for the mixture is to use one cup of acid, 1/2 cup of fat, two tablespoons of herbs, and two tablespoons of salt.

Start by choosing your acid, which, in our case, is red wine. Add the wine to a storage bag, then mix in your fat, such as olive oil or grapeseed oil, a bit of spice, like chili powder or allspice, and your herbs, including garlic or cilantro. Mix the ingredients together, and place the meat in the bag for a few hours.

Putting it all together

Now that you know the basics, you can perfect any marinade. For a good place to start, opt for a simple steak marinade. First, combine wine and vegetable oil in your bag. Then, add in a little extra boost of acid with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. For the herbs, mix in oregano, cumin, and garlic. Finish with a dash of sugar and some salt and pepper.

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If you like your steak a little zesty, spice your marinade up with a bit of mustard. Try combining your red wine with olive oil, a spoonful of our Sweet Hot Mustard, a couple sprigs of fresh rosemary, some coarsely chopped garlic, and salt and pepper.

With a red wine marinade, you can make your steak more tender, more delicious, and more memorable than ever before. Marinate our Pfaelzer Famous Filet Mignon at home to taste for yourself how well red wine and steak really go together.

Unique Seasonings for the Pfaelzer Brothers Ultimate Burgers

With our Pfaelzer Brothers Ultimate Burgers, you get 8 oz. individually packaged filet patties with all of the juicy flavor you crave in your burger. While all you really need to make these burgers amazing is a nice sear and maybe a slice of cheddar, part of the fun of eating burgers is adding your own unique flavor. Create a burger that is perfect for you with these seasoning ideas.

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Spice it up

The right seasonings can add a little zip or really bring out the hearty beef flavor of the meat. To create a perfectly balanced burger with just the tiniest hint of sweetness, try adding a few tablespoons of our Sweet Hot Mustard. If you are looking to go spicy, a bit of Sriracha is always a good option.

Herbs are another way to add depth of flavor. Thyme, for example, gives your burger a pleasing woody taste. If you really want to highlight the beautiful beef flavor, steak sauce, with notes of vinegar, dried fruit, tomatoes, and pepper, or sweet and tangy Worcestershire are perfect.

Make it even more juicy

Some burger additions add moisture, making the meat juicier. Egg, for example, binds the meat together and gives the burger a nice texture. Two more options for adding juiciness and extra flavor are bread crumbs, which give you a toasty note, and onion, which provides a bit of sweetness.

Add something unexpected

If you are looking for a more earthy flavor, try dried mushrooms. Red wine will add peppery notes, sesame oil gives you a bit of nutiness, and capers will fill your burger with bursts of saltiness.

No matter what you put in your Ultimate Burger, you know that it is going to be amazing. Order your Pfaelzer Brothers burgers, steaks, and seafood today to make your next barbecue the best one yet.