How to take your family BBQ to the next level

‘Tis the season for BBQ! Summer months bring pool time, trips to get frozen yogurt, and BBQ’s. This summer, impress your family with a few easy tricks that will take your BBQ to the next level. Hot dogs and hamburgers are fine as they are, but with these suggestions, you will make this a family reunion one to remember.

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  1. Gourmet buns: One way to enhance the burger or hot dog experience is to buy gourmet buns from a local bakery. You can find everything from hearty, whole wheat buns to potato buns, to gluten free buns, to buns topped with onion, jalapenos, cheese, or seeds. Now, buying gourmet buns doesn’t have to be expensive. At almost every grocery store (even Walmart), there is a bakery that bakes specialty breads and buns. Take a look and see what you can find.
  2. Specialty spreads: Nothing against traditional ketchup and mustard, but why not enhance the experience by including a gourmet spread? Specialty mustards and mayonnaise can be found at any supermarket. Hot dogs are great with hot, garlicky dijon mustard. Burgers taste delicious with a chipotle mayo. My personal favorite is a basil mayonnaise that you can make easily at home (recipe here) and store for special occasions (try it on grilled cheese!)
  3. Make your own burger: Instead of buying frozen patties from the grocery store, purchase the hamburger meat fresh and add your own ingredients. You’ll be surprised at what happens. For an asian flavor, add soy sauce and garlic with some sesame seeds. For an Italian flavor, add pesto. For a burger that will knock your socks off, substitute ground pork and add pancetta and smoked mozzarella (recipe here).

So, what are you waiting for? Get creative! Your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you.

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Weston Sill

I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently, I have been traveling to the St. George area for work and vacation. It is only a 4 hour drive from Salt Lake City and makes for an easy fun weekend trip. I love to travel, hike, mountain bike, ATV, wake-board, water ski, golf and play sports. My active lifestyle and family situation has really drawn me to Southern Utah. This blog will give you amazing ideas for travel in Southern Utah and other adventurous parts of the world. My hope is that after reading this blog you will call Southern Utah home. You will know the best places to eat, places to play and things to do in the area. Plan your next adventure today!

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