Summer BBQ 101: Local’s Guide For A Backyard Bash


The nights are long and the drinks are cold. Summertime in Jackson Hole is in full swing. We can’t help but fire up the grill every chance we get. If you’re planning a backyard barbecue bash or just looking to kick back and grill with family and friends, you can find all the necessities (and then some) at the many markets dotting Jackson.

Plan an easy breezy shindig without the stress, with just a stop or two. Sear, roast, and chargrill away.

Save Time On Sides

The meat may be the star of any barbecue, but the sides aren’t playing second fiddle. Lucky’s Market’s house-made foods keep it fresh and new with the season, so you never know what delicious items they’ll be serving up, but favorites like the kale Brussels slaw is a perfect summer side to complement a juicy, hearty burger or rack of ribs. Shredded kale and Brussels sprouts are tossed with Asiago cheese, almonds, Dijon mustard and lemon juice for a tangy side. Head to the grab-and-go section for creamy potato salads, salsas, dips, and more.

Head to Jackson Whole Grocer for house-made lemon orzo salad, a summertime pasta salad with nods to Mediterranean cuisine.

Ready for the Grill

No barbecue is complete without a selection of top-notch meats seared and charred to perfection, then smothered in sauce. And it’s even better when all you have to do is light up the grill and get cooking. Whole Grocer is nixing the prep with house-made shrimp kabobs marinated in a Thai sweet chili marinade with garlic and green onions. Grab a few skewers, place them on the grill, and serve up a simple appetizer.

Prep for the main course, grab a sirloin from Snake River Farms or burger patty from Lockhart Cattle Co. Season your prime cut of meat with the house-made rubs at Aspens Market and Pearl Street Market. Perfect for your veggies and proteins, the mustard salt and black magic will kick up any entrée.

If you’ve been inside Lucky’s Market this month, you’ve noticed they are celebrating all things cherries. From pies to cobblers, the summer fruit is ripe, juicy, and the best addition to any summer meal — but don’t forget about the grill. They’re incorporating cherry into every course, including the meat. Grab a rack of cherrywood-smoked baby back ribs and cherry brats. Tangy and savory, the team at Lucky’s is calling it “a game changer for your summer barbecue.” We agree. The sweet and salty combo is a surprising twist on a classic barbecue staple.

Stylish and Simple

Enjoy a stylish and effortless evening without worrying about ruining your nice dishes. On your way to Teton Village, stop by Aspens Market for all the groceries you’ll need, as well as party essentials and gifts. Serve up your summer feast on festive paper plates. A win, win for your overly excited, accident-prone guests and your alfresco tablescape. If you’re a guest to the event, grab a hostess gift like the new Produce Candles with soy wax and seasonal scents like tomato, rhubarb, or peach.

Cheers to the grill master.





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