Summer is in full swing and it’s time to fire up the grill. Better yet — plan a backyard grill out with your closest friends and family to celebrate the sunshine season.
To get you started, we’ve rounded up everything you need to have the perfect summer grill out with all locally sourced products.
Meats + fixins’
Head to Larry’s Super Market (2041 Milburnie Rd.) to stock up on ground beef + ribs. While you’re there, find fresh produce, condiments, beer, and wine. Bonus: Check out the shop’s market specials for deals on large meat packs.
The Butcher’s Market at Millbrook (there’s another Raleigh location in Bedford Village) offers a wide selection of top tier meat and seafood options like all beef hotdogs + bacon and cheddar burger patties. Plus, The Butcher’s Market has condiments and rubs, prepared sides like potato salad and baked beans, and charcoal. Pro tip: Order online to save time.
Visit Weaver Street Market (404 W. Hargett St.) for fresh-baked hamburger rolls and hot dog buns. While you’re there, grab some NC shrimp for shish kabobs.
It’s not a proper summer grill out without plenty of dessert options. Order a Key Lime cake or Pig Pickin’ cake from Burney’s Sweets and More — both feature fruit-forward flavors that are both sweet and refreshing.
Up your dessert game with a dozen mint brownies and pink lemonade cookies from Sweetheart Treats (10930 Raven Ridge Rd.). But don’t stop there — take home an order of rice cereal treats for a nostalgic sweet treat that all ages will enjoy.
If you have a place to keep things chilled, ice cream is the perfect addition to any summer grill out. FRESH. Local Ice Cream (6033 Glenwood Ave.) offers a variety of flavors that have been made using local, hormone-free milk from free range cows. Pro tip: Order banana pudding ice cream; it features banana ice cream, banana puree + soft vanilla wafers.
Grilling essentials + other must-haves
One thing’s for sure — a memorable grill out can’t happen without a superb grill. Whether you’re in the market for a new one or your current grill needs maintenance, Raleigh-based Original Grills has you covered. The business also sells pizza ovens, smokers, fire pits, and gas griddles.
Entertain your guests with games + activities. DECO Raleigh has games for all ages — like Andy Warhol dominoes and a 2-in-1 chess and checkers set. Don’t forget to check out the shop’s products from local makers — including everything from decor items to spice blends.