The Fourth of July is the grilling-est holiday of the year and we know what you’ll want to be cooking.
Sausages from Pine Street Market
Pine Street Market in Avondale Estates is our local go-to for all manner of locally sourced, humanely and sustainably raised pork, beef, lamb and poultry. It doesn’t hurt that they make some of the best sausage around. And we sure love sausage for grilling. Rusty Bowers, chief butcher and charcutier, recommended their Bratwurst and Roasted Poblano Sausage for our 4th of July celebration. Both are made with pork from Riverview Farms in Ranger. The bratwurst is true to its traditional roots, seasoned with garlic, nutmeg and black pepper. For those who don’t want a “hot” sausage, this one’s the ticket. The roasted poblano sausage is a seasonal flavor (available in spring and summer) made with roasted poblano peppers, ancho chilies, garlic and cumin. It’s got just a little kick but a lot of flavor.
$10 per pound. Available at the Peachtree Road, Freedom and Avondale Estates farmers markets or at the shop, 4 Pine Street, Avondale Estates. http://pinestreetmarket.com
Sausages from Stripling’s General Store
Their motto is “You never sausage a place.” And it’s true. Have you been to the Stripling’s General Store in Cordele? It’s like sausage heaven. In the 1960s, Monroe Stripling started a farm-based business and now Ricky Hardin has grown it to a company that employs 110 people and produces 350,000 pounds of sausage a year. It’s testimony to a great product. We tried the smoked links and the jalapeno cheese sausage. Now when they say “links,” they don’t mean little 4- or 6-inch long tubes. They mean links that stretch over a foot and are packed with hickory-smoked pork from locally raised hogs. The jalapeno cheese sausage combines two favorite sausage toppings and makes it easy to please those who like a little heat with their meat. We also got a chance to preview their new summer sausage, coming in July. Delicious. Buy all their products online or fill up a shopping cart at the newest Stripling’s, right off I-75 near Perry.
$9.79 to $10.49 per 2-pound package. Available at Stripling’s locations or online at https://striplings.com.
Grassfed Beecon Grind from White Oak Pastures
Down in Bluffton, White Oak Pastures is producing an astonishing new assortment of grassfed ground beef varieties: Piggy Back Grind, Steakburger Grind, Paleo and regular and our new favorite, Beecon Grind. The “Beecon” name comes from the two meats: grassfed beef and bacon from the farm’s newest addition, Iberian hogs. In 2015, the farm partnered with the Oriol family in Spain to bring Iberian hogs to the United States. In Spain, the hogs eat acorns. In Bluffton, they enjoy pecans and peanuts. The Beecon Grind is 80 percent ground grassfed beef and 20 percent ground Iberian bacon. It’s also seasoned with salt and pepper and spices so all you have to do is form patties and grill. Could it be easier? It was a finalist in the 2018 Flavor of Georgia Contest so you know there are lots of folks who think it’s good.
$14.99 per pound. Available online at http://whiteoakpastures.com. Have it shipped or check the option to pick up your order for free at Doguroo-Atlanta, 1456 Northside Drive NW.