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Discover the Joy of Grilling with Fresh, Local Produce from Lily’s Weston Market

There’s no sound quite like the sizzle of a grill and the aroma of seared meats and vegetables wafting through the air. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a beginner ready to embrace the flame, there’s always room for elevating your BBQ game. 

In this guide, we’ll explore the best meats and vegetables to grill this summer, helping you transform your backyard cookouts into culinary adventures.

The Bounty of Local Grocery Stores

Start your grilling adventure at your local grocery store. They’re treasure troves of fresh, locally-grown products that can take your BBQ to the next level.

    • Seasonal Produce: Shopping in season ensures you’re getting fruits and vegetables at their peak of freshness and flavor. You’ll find an array of vibrant vegetables perfect for grilling, like bell peppers, zucchini, and eggplant. Don’t forget fruits like peaches or pineapple that can be transformed into a sweet and smoky treat.
    • Quality Meats: Your local butcher within the grocery store can be a wealth of knowledge. They can guide you to the best cuts for grilling, whether you prefer steak, chicken, or even fish. Remember, locally-sourced meats are not only fresher but also support the local economy.
  • Fresh Fish and Seafood: When grilling fish and seafood, it’s crucial to prevent sticking. Make sure your grill is clean and well-oiled before you start cooking. Visit Lily’s Weston Market today for the freshest selection of fish and seafood, perfect for barbecuing!

Exploring the Meat Section

When it comes to grilling, the right meat can make all the difference. Here are some top picks:

  • Steak: Ribeye, T-bone, or sirloin, there’s a cut for every taste. Marinate for tenderness and grill to your preferred doneness.
  • Chicken: Versatile and lean, chicken is a grilling favorite. Thighs tend to stay juicier than breasts, but both can be delicious with the right seasoning.

Veggie Delights: Not Just a Side Dish

Vegetables deserve more than just a supporting role at your BBQ. When grilled, they develop an incredibly delicious charred, smoky flavor.

  • Bell Peppers: Sweet and slightly smoky when grilled, bell peppers are a BBQ staple.
  • Zucchini and Summer Squash: These tender vegetables grill up beautifully. Slice them thickly so they don’t fall through the grill grates.
  • Asparagus: With a quick cook time, asparagus is a great last-minute addition to any BBQ.

Reeling in the Flavor: Grilling Fish and Seafood

Grilled fish and seafood can add a delightful twist to your traditional BBQ spread. Here are some options you can consider:

  • Salmon: This robust, fatty fish holds up well on the grill. Its rich flavor is enhanced by the smoky notes from the grill. Try it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or homemade herb butter for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Shrimp: Quick to cook and versatile, shrimp is a crowd-pleaser. Skewer them for easy grilling and toss in a garlic marinade for a savory treat.
  • Tuna Steaks: Tuna steaks are a great choice for a meatier option. These thick cuts can be seared on the grill and served rare in the middle, similar to a beef steak.
  • Lobster Tails: For a touch of luxury, grilled lobster tails are hard to beat. Brush them with garlic butter and grill until the meat is opaque for a decadent BBQ dish.

Remember, BBQ is more than just a meal; it’s an experience. By shopping locally for fresh ingredients, you’re not only elevating your grill game but also supporting local farmers and producers.

Elevate Your BBQ Experience with Lily’s Weston Market!

Ready to take your summer BBQ to the next level? At Lily’s Weston Market, we’re passionate about providing our community with fresh, nutritious, and delicious seasonal foods. From premium cuts of meat to a rainbow of local produce, we have everything you need to create a memorable culinary experience in your own backyard.

Discover the joy of cooking with high-quality, locally-sourced products. Come visit us today in Weston, Connecticut, and let our expert staff guide you to the best ingredients for your grill.