Your Ultimate Pantry-Stocking List to Gear up for BBQ Season

Your Ultimate Pantry-Stocking List to Gear up for BBQ Season

Making delicious barbecue rubs, sauces, and marinades is simple with these items on hand.

By Lorraine Allen

Warm weather, butterflies, green grass. Sunshine. It’s barbecue time! There is so much to enjoy at this time of year, not the least of which, I think, is for us family chefs to be able to get out of the kitchen and cook outside, in fresh air, for a change. Barbequing is a serious art. Around the country there are competitions, culinary institutions, and fairs that revolve around this exciting way to prepare food on an outdoor fire. There’s something sort of primal about it; you almost feel like you’re part of the great old Wild West, back when stoves were part of life. It’s also a very social, family-friendly way to cook.

Here to help you stock up properly -- so that you have everything you need to whip up some barbecue sauces, marinades, and rubs and prepare some delicious, crowd-pleasing, outdoor meals any day -- is the ultimate barbecue season pantry list:

  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder (hot and sweet versions for the most versatility)
  • Paprika (hot, sweet, and smoky versions for the most versatility)
  • Cumin
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower or safflower oil (they withstand high heat very well)
  • Tomato paste
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard and/or mustard powder
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried coriander
  • Dried basil
  • Dried mint
  • Ground ginger
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sesame oil
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Pine nuts (for pesto)
  • Nutmeg
  • Dried hot chili peppers and/or chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Rice (as an easy side dish)
  • Your favorite varieties of dried or canned beans (as an easy side dish)
  • Taco and/or tortilla shells (great to serve with your various barbecue foods)

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Don’t forget to stock up on your charcoal or refill your gas tank, get a new grill brush to scrub off any rust accumulated over the winter, and make sure you have all the basic tools you need to light the grill properly, like lighters or long matches, old newspapers, and starter sticks. Stock up on your family’s favorite warm-weather beverages and some paper towels while you’re at it, and you’re ready to get grilling!


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Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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