Your Guide to Grilling Like a Pro This Summer

Jun 13, 2024

Summer is synonymous with sunshine, laughter, and of course, grilling! Whether you're a seasoned grill master or just getting started, firing up the grill is a fantastic way to gather with friends and family and enjoy delicious food. But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Don't worry, we’re here to help you navigate the world of grilling with confidence!

Choose the Perfect Meat

The first step to successful grilling is selecting the cut of meat that perfectly complements your grilling style and desired outcome. Our friendly butchers are always happy to answer your questions and help you find the right protein for your needs. Here's a breakdown of some popular grilling options to guide you, but remember to look for fresh meat with good marbling and vibrant color for the best results.

For Rich Flavor and Juiciness: Ribeye and tenderloin steaks have higher fat content, which translates to intense flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Perfect for those who love a luxurious grilling experience.

For Quick and Easy Grilling: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are lean cuts that cook quickly and are ideal for busy weeknights or when you want to focus on the sides.

For Feeding a Crowd: Ground beef is perfect for forming into juicy hamburgers or flavorful sausages. And pork chops are a crowd-pleasing option that's both delicious and affordable.

For a Lighter Option: While bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs cook a bit slower than boneless breasts, they offer a more flavorful and slightly more forgiving option. Plus, salmon fillets, shrimp skewers, and tuna steaks are heart-healthy options packed with protein that cook quickly on the grill.

Get Inspired with Incredible Recipes

Now that you've got your meat picked out, it's time to explore some delicious recipes! IGA has partnered with some incredible recipe creators to bring you a variety of grilling options to tantalize your taste buds.

Original Ranch Cheeseburgers: Elevate your burger game with Hidden Valley's Original Ranch seasoning. Juicy burgers infused with the classic ranch flavor – it's a match made in grilling heaven.

Grilled Pesto Ranch Shrimp Skewers: These skewers are bursting with flavor, thanks to a delicious blend of pesto and ranch. Perfect for a quick and easy appetizer or the main course.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad: Take your pasta salad to the next level with the irresistible combination of chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing. It's guaranteed to be a hit at any summer barbecue.

Fiesta Potatoes with Chicken: Spice up your grill with this vibrant and flavorful dish. Tender chicken paired with perfectly seasoned potatoes will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

Yellow Potato Bruschetta: Add a twist to traditional bruschetta by topping crispy grilled yellow potatoes with a zesty tomato mixture. It's the perfect appetizer for any outdoor gathering.

Potato and Steak Kebabs: Elevate your kebab game with these mouthwatering skewers. Tender steak and hearty potatoes grilled to perfection – what more could you ask for?

Cumin Chili Chicken Wings with Kingsford® Signature Flavors: Cumin and chili come together for a unique, one-of-a-kind taste. It’s chicken wings with the ultimate flavor explosion.

Coca-Cola Pork Tenderloin Sliders: Infuse your pork tenderloin with the sweet and tangy flavor of Coca-Cola for a mouthwatering twist on a classic dish.

Grab the Grilling Essentials

To make your grilling experience a breeze, IGA has everything you need.

  • High-quality charcoal or propane: Pick your fuel of choice and find just what you need at IGA.
  • Kingsford® Charcoal: Select from a variety of charcoal options to suit your preferences.
  • Grilling tools: Tongs, spatulas, and grill forks are all grilling must-haves.
  • Marinades and rubs: Experiment with different flavors to find your favorites.
  • Glad® trash bags: For easy cleanup after all the fun.

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Stay Hydrated and Refreshed

Don't forget to stay hydrated on a hot summer day! IGA has a wide selection of beverages to keep you cool.

  • Quench your thirst with Gold Peak® sweet tea, a refreshing classic and a southern favorite.
  • Stay energized throughout your grilling session with delicious and hydrating Vitamin Water®.
  • Replenish electrolytes after grilling with scientifically formulated Powerade® sports drinks.
  • For a lighter option, stay hydrated with crisp and refreshing Smartwater® or Sprite® from Coca-Cola®.

End on a Sweet Note

No summer cookout is complete without dessert! Stock up on your favorite sweet treats to satisfy your sweet tooth after a delicious grilled meal.

  • Hershey's® chocolate bars are a decadent dessert on their own, but they’re also the perfect ingredient for classic S'mores.
  • Fill a bowl with everyone's favorite Mars Wrigley® candies like M&M'S®, Skittles®, or SNICKERS® for a fun and colorful treat.
  • Cool off with refreshing Unilever® ice cream like Ben & Jerry's®, Breyers®, or Magnum®.

Grill with Confidence This Summer

With IGA by your side, you have everything you need to become a grilling pro this summer. From selecting the perfect cut of meat to finding delicious recipes and grilling essentials, we're here to help you create a memorable summer cookout for you and your loved ones. Stop by your local IGA today and fire up the fun!

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