Fired-Up Flavor

Summer’s best barbecues start right here. Try these delicious chef-created menus for flavorful cookouts all summer long.

Summer Kickoff Menu

Start the season with this fresh menu of tangy grilled chicken paired with summer’s best seasonal salads.

Seasoned Chicken

Kick off your most flavorful cookout ever with our new Seasoned Chicken, made with spices, herbs, and hints of onion and garlic. It’s the perfect base for any of our great BBQ sauces. Grill it then layer on flavor with your favorite sauce.

Chicken

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Seasoned Chicken Cutlets

Pick Your BBQ Sauce

Slather on the sauce you love best—we’ve got lots of options, like these!

Memphis

Flavor: Tangy
Sweet ripe tomato, molasses, brown sugar, tangy vinegar.

Carolina Gold

Flavor: Zesty
Spicy mustard with honey, tomato, & chipotle peppers.

Brown Sugar

Flavor: Smoky
Spicy-sweet with a peppery kick & hickory smokiness.

Sweet BBQ

Flavor: Sweet
Molasses, tomato, sweet citrus,
& pepper.

penne pasta

Choose Your Sides

Classic sides like penne salad and corn pair perfectly with the tangy flavor of grilled chicken.

rhubarb crostata

Finishing Touches

From rustic berry crostatas to refreshing drinks, these finishing touches are great all summer.

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Ultimate BBQ Menu

This crowd-pleasing cookout combines seasoned chicken and sweet BBQ ribs with refreshing veggie sides for an incredible flavor mix.

Entrées

Serve something for everyone to enjoy with this delicious variety of ready-to-cook favorites. Each one brings a unique flavor to your backyard BBQ.

Sweet BBQ Bone-In Pork Ribs

Serve with Sweet BBQ Sauce

Chicken

Seasoned Chicken Cutlets

Serve with Memphis BBQ Sauce or Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

Bacon Cheddar Burger

Made fresh with cheddar and uncured bacon for extra flavor

bean salad

Choose Your Sides

Fresh vegetable sides offer cool and spicy pairings for these smoky grilled meats.

strawberry shortcake

Finishing Touches

Complete your BBQ spread with a light and refreshing cake and a variety of drinks.

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checking meat with a thermometer
checking meat with a thermometer
Chef Eric Wendorff

5 Chef Tips for Firing Up the Grill

From Wegmans Executive Chef Eric Wendorff

Celebrate summer with a stress-free backyard barbecue and these tips for getting the most out of your grill:

1. Get Organized

In the 10 min. it takes to heat your grill, prep your sides and get organized! You’ll need:

  • Brass-bristled grill brush for cleaning and grill wipes to coat the grate lightly before cooking
  • Silicone basting brush for sauces or basting oil
  • Long-handled tongs
  • Digital thermometer
  • Spatula for moving delicate food and skewers to keep smaller items from falling through

See all our grilling tools to make your cookouts easy.

2. More Flavor, Less Effort

Tumble-marinated meats, barbecue sauces, rubs, and bottled marinades all add loads of flavor without much prep. Wegmans basting oil, salt, and pepper alone will keep food moist and enhance your flavor.

3. Low and Slow

Once your food gets those great char marks, move it to a lower heat area to finish cooking. For coals, create a hot zone by bunching them in one area. After searing, use tongs to move the food several inches from the coals.

4. Turn Your Grill into a Smoker

Put a new spin on the basic grilling technique with a Charcoal Companion Smoker Bar. Fill it with specially flavored wood pellets, put it on the back of the grill and heat on high for 10 min. until the pellets smoke. Then grill your recipe, lid closed—a vent forces the smoke out onto your food.

5. Give it a Rest

A digital thermometer will tell you whether your food has reached its target temperature, but “carry over” cooking continues several minutes after you’ve taken it off the grill. Let your food sit 5-10 min. before slicing or serving to reach its target temp, keep more juices in, and make it extra tender and juicy.

party trays
party trays
Nicole Diehl

Plan the Perfect BBQ

From Wegmans Corporate Event Planner Nicole Diehl

Summer’s warmer weather and holidays make easy-going outdoor cookouts a must. And you don’t have to go over the top to impress! Just use these tips to keep your summer cookouts easy, relaxing, and fun.

1. Mix Homemade and Prepared

Have something for everyone but skip the extra kitchen prep! I focus my efforts on the main meal, so I pick a few grab-and-go items to maximize my time and offer variety. My favorites: veggie tray with dip, queso & guacamole, and cheese & charcuterie.

2. Plan a Menu that Makes it Easy

Let cold salads and grilled meats be your BBQ stars. Family-pleasers like mustard potato salad, penne mozzarella salad, classic mac salad, or a green salad with a simple homemade dressing can all be made ahead of time. Our marinated chicken is also grill-ready. I like using a variety of ready-to-cook specialty burgers for a build-your-own-burger bar. Watermelon or ice cream sandwiches are a great way to round out your meal.

3. Create a Beverage Station

Using buckets and beverage tubs to chill and serve your favorite beverages and save on precious fridge space. Make sure to have plenty of ice on hand!

4. Set the Tone

There’s no better way to get the party started than some fun music and friendly competition with lawn games and other outdoor activities.

5. Stock Your Pantry Early

Be ready with paper plates, towels and napkins, and cookout essentials like ketchup, mustard, and BBQ sauce. An assortment of beverages and storage containers are also a must.

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