As you may have heard, it’s National Barbecue Month! We sure do love celebrating the season with barbecue here in Texas. To start things off right, let’s talk about sauces and marinades. We want to highlight our very special line of NW Elixirs brand sauces and marinades, which happen to exclusive to SampleHouse in Texas. These sauces are intense, Texan-friendly and perfect for an afternoon by the grill with 50 of your closest, carnivorous friends.
Now, don’t be afraid to go against the Texas barbecue “no sauce” credo. NW Elixirs sauces and marinades are a bit different than your average grocery store barbecue sauce. They act as the perfect compliment to any variety of smoked meat or even to grilled vegetables.
Using a marinade is a great way to add a deep, dynamic flavor to your preferred protein. The rule of thumb with marinades is to plan ahead and make some room for the marinating meat to “sleep” in the fridge overnight. Sauces are, of course, a great way to add flavor during and after grilling as well—just make sure to use different mops and brushes when handling raw and cooked meats. If you want to consult an expert during your next SampleHouse venture, stop by and ask Bryan, our in-house grilling expert, all your summertime grilling questions.
NW Elixirs has a great collection of recipes on their website, some of which are sure to become your new favorite go-to summer recipes for pool parties, the Fourth of July and all those summer birthdays. Here’s one of our favorites:
Summertime Beef Burgers from NW Elixirs
2 lbs. Cascade Natural Top Sirloin, ground
1 Shallot, large chop
3 Garlic cloves, whole and peeled
1 bunch Fresh Thyme, picked off of stems
2 tsp Smoked Paprika
2 tsp Cumin Seed, ground
3 Tbsp NW Elixirs Hott Sauce #1
Chop the shallots, garlic, thyme and Hott Sauce in a food processor and pulse until paste-like. Add mixture to ground beef and combine well. Form into 2 oz., 6 oz. or 9 oz. patties, depending on your desired use, and grill.
We look forward to hearing about all the smoky, spicy things you’ll grill up this summer with NW Elixirs’ unique line of flavorful sauces. National BBQ Month is serious business around here, and we’d love to help you pull off your next backyard soireé in style. Happy grilling!