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It’s Memorial Day Weekend Grillin’ Time!

Memorial Day is upon us. The extended holiday weekend is the unofficial start to summer and grilling season. That's right folks, it's time to clean off the patio, fire up the grill and have a barbeque while remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. As always, Oliver's Market is your one stop shop to pick up everything you will need for your Memorial Day Weekend barbeque, as well as for all of those barbeques to come this summer.   

Pick up some of Oliver's Own All Natural Pork Baby Back Ribs, which are on ad for $2.99 a pound this week. They're the perfect ribs for backyard grilling. They can be cooked over hot, direct heat alongside your burgers and steaks. Start them over high heat, grilling them a minute or two on each side, then move them to a part of the grill with moderate heat, turning them every so often for 10-15 minutes. Sauce them towards the end of cook time, or after you have removed them from the grill. If grilled chicken breasts are more your style, we have Rocky Boneless Skin-On Chicken Breast Fillets on ad for $4.99 a pound.  The key to perfect boneless chicken breasts is a quick sear, 3 minutes per side, followed by indirect grilling until they're properly cooked, about another 10 minutes, flipping them once.

Don't think that the grill is just for meats. We have California grown yellow or white corn on ad for 2 for $1, and they grill up beautifully. There are a few different ways to grill up your corn on the cob. Some people like to leave the husk on while grilling. Another way is to remove the husk and wrap the ears in aluminum foil, which helps to stem the corn a little bit. You can also grill them by removing the husk, brush them lightly with oil or butter, and place them directly on the grill, turning them frequently. No matter how you do it, they're sure to taste delicious!

No Memorial Day barbeque would be complete without burgers. A burger isn't just about the meat; the buns and what you build your burger with are equally important as well. Pretzilla Pretzel buns, $3.99 for a pack of 4, are a great base for your burger. Fresh greens always make a nice addition to any burger. Instead, pick up Organic Red or Green Butterleaf Lettuce, which are $1.69. If topping your burger with cheese (and who doesn't love a good cheeseburger), look no further than Barber’s 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar for $8.99 a pound. It's sure to add that extra punch of flavor to your burger.

If a barbeque is on your list for the weekend, but you don't have the time to do the grilling yourself, we've got that covered too. Our grills will be smoking away in front of all 4 stores from 11-7:30 PM with all of your favorite meats, seafood and sides. All of our meats are prepared in one of our Oliver's Own spice rubs including Rub Potion #9 or Mesquite, or in our Oliver's Own Citrus marinade or BBQ sauce. Other items available hot off the grill include a BBQ tri-tip sandwich, a salmon fillet with garlic butter, BBQ oysters, corn on the cob and even a pulled chicken sandwich. That's right; we have everything you need for the perfect Memorial Day barbeque meal, when you don't have time to do the grilling yourself.

No barbeque would be complete without a beverage or two to accompany your meal. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA 12 packs are only $14.99+CRV this week. This hoppy IPA is a full bodied beer brewed with malted barley, wheat, and crystal malts. It is versatile, and will pair with almost anything at your barbeque. Your grilled meats scream for a full-bodied, fruity red wine and the 2013 Homefire "Firework" Zinfandel for $12.99 a bottle is just the one. The wine shows elements of blackberry, cherry and strawberry, along with floral notes of violet and citrus. It's a perfect match for whatever comes off the grill.

No matter what your needs are this holiday weekend, we here at Oliver's Market have you covered. We wish you all a safe, and happy Memorial Day Weekend.



About the Author: Matt Rice

Matt Rice

Matt Rice is Oliver's intrepid blogger on all topics related to wine, beer, cider, spirits, and other gourmet products.


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