Although we've been experiencing some of that sweet SoCal sunshine for a few weeks now, tomorrow is the official start of summertime. So if you haven't already, it is due time you light up the grill and load it up with all of your friends’ and family’s favorites! And whether you're feeding a bunch of burger lovin' buddies, steak connoisseurs, or a crowd of health nuts at your various summer gatherings, we've got you covered with the best of best when it comes to outdoor grilling.
Here's our guide for all things grilled for your Summertime shindigs...
Steak for a Crowd: Bristol Farms' Very Own Big Time Tri-tip
If you're feeding a crowd, and you're set on grilling up some steak, think no further than our Big Time Tri-tip. Easy on your wallet, this juicy and tender USDA choice natural cut is marinated in our Big Time marinade for 24 hours, locking in perfectly smokey, peppery, and sweet flavors. This marinade is locally made and hand-crafted especially for our tri-tip too… Read More
Dad is pretty darn special, isn't he? So this Father's Day, make sure you treat him to a dinner that is just as special as he is. And if your special Dad is one who loves a good steak, then look no further than our special reserve, beautifully marbled, grass-fed, bone-in, Wagyu Ribeye steaks, brought to us from New Zealand.
These exquisite steaks come to us from the First Light Wagyu Group, who have pioneered a ranching revolution and in the process. The first to take cattle out of their pens and raise them naturally in a free-range environment, First Light discovered the benefits of higher quality product from stress-free and happy animals. Not only did the beef taste better but the nutritional value had increased with lowered saturated fats and the yields had improved with less finishing time than other full bred Wagyu finished on grains.
First Light currently maintains the only full blood Wagyu program in New Zealand and are the only program in the world focused on producing… Read More
Mmmm, is there really anything as delicious as a hot and juicy cheeseburger stacked high with all the fixings? Especially during the summertime when enjoyed al fresco, a cheeseburger - whether it's made with beef, chicken, turkey, or veggies is just too irresistible to resist!
And there's just no need to go out and spend $20 on this kind of deliciousness. Building a gourmet burger at home is actually quite easy...
Because with our very own buttery brioche buns, bacon, and choice ground chuck and toppings like caramelized onions, sliced avocado, sharp cheddar cheese, and green leaf lettuce, you can easily make a masterpiece.
Here's our How-to for the Ultimate Gourmet Burger
It all starts with the meat...
If you're using beef - go for 80/20 ground chuck - that means 80% lean, 20% fat.
FYI: 1 1/2 lbs makes 4 burgers.
1. Shape meat into 4 uniform 6-ounce patties no more than 3/4 inches thick. Then, using your thumb, make a slight depression in the middle of each… Read More
We all get busy sometimes. And with the holidays approaching, life just seems to get more hectic each day. So coming home to prepare a dinner from scratch for the family isn't always a priority. But greasy and mysterious ingredient take-out isn't always what we want to do either.
The simplest solution we can suggest? A hot and juicy hormone and antibiotic-free rotisserie chicken from our stores paired with easy and oh, so flavorful roasted vegetables.
Because roasting vegetables like carrots, squash, and potatoes is what you do in the Fall and Winter.
2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
2 lb. Rainbow carrots, peeled and cut on a bias
2 tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely cut
1 tablespoon Rosemary, finely cut
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Boil potatoes for about 10 minutes and drain completely. Let cool and then quarter. To a baking sheet, add potatoes and carrots. Drizzle with oil… Read More
When it comes to planning the perfect holiday dinner appetizer that allows guests to nibble and mingle, there's one spread that generally ranks supreme. Everyone loves it - even if they've never heard the proper name for it.
We know it sounds rather fancy - especially if you're not a regular connoisseur of it. But, it's basically just a selection of cured meats with accompaniments of cheese, olives, crackers or crusty bread, and a sweet little something like preserves, chutney, or jam. Some charcuterie boards include almonds too while the more antipasti style will often include roasted red pepper and artichoke alongside the salty meats and cheeses.
So how does one build a great charcuterie board? Well, that's a loaded question - and can involve some trial and error, depending on your company's taste preferences. But we're giving you a summarized "how-to" guide of sorts on the delicious party app. Because it's great for everything from fancy cocktail attire… Read More
Summer and grilling just go together. Spending quality time with friends and family over some delectable scratch-made BBQ with all the fixings is what this season is all about. But sometimes, playing BBQ party host to our friends and family memebers can be a bit stressful. Not to worry; we're here to help so that you can relax a little. Because truly, that's what summertime is all about...
Your Ultimate Summer BBQ Checklist:
Potato chips & French onion dip, tortilla chips & salsa/guacamole, carrots/celery & hummus, deviled eggs, cheese & charcuterie
For the Grill/Smoker:
Ribs, burgers, brats, hot dogs, bone-in chicken, steak, pork butt
(And don't forget the BUNS!)
Cheese, lettuce, pickles, onion, tomato, peppers, avocado, etc.
BBQ sauce (homemade, or Bristol Farms' own), ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish, specialty sauce(s)
Potato salad, cole slaw, pasta salad, baked beans, mixed fruit… Read More
Summer is in full swing - and we're absolutely loving it. From sunny days at the beach to picnics at the park to backyard barbecues with our family and friends, we're finding lots of reasons to eat well this season. Summer is also a time to relax a little more - and sometimes, that means finding shortcuts in the kitchen so that we can spend more time with those who matter most. So what's the best cooking shortcut we can suggest?Taking full advantage of barbecue leftovers.
If you already enjoy grilling on the weekends, then why not grill a little extra so that you can eat well all week long? Here are some of our favorite barbecue leftover recipe ideas...
Barbecue Quesadillas: Simply slice up leftover steak, brisket, or chicken and evenly layer on one half of a large tortilla along with shredded Monterey Jack, green onions, and diced tomatoes. Spread a light layer of your favorite BBQ sauce on the other side, fold, and place on an oiled pan over medium heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes… Read More
Marinated 48 hours in our own premium, natural sauce, our tri-tip is full of smokey, sweet and peppery flavor from first bite to last.
Want to make your own masterpiece? Here's how!
Love the butchery’s Big Time Marinated tri-tip? Grab a jar or two of the same marinade we use in our kitchen. It will knock you out with big-time flavor. Also great for steaks, pork tenderloin, chicken and lamb.
(Pst..Try a taste in the Deli Department.)
Grilling Tri-Tip with Big Time marinade, preheat your grill on high. Place the tri-tip over the high heat to sear the meat and create nice grill marks; leave on 2 to 3 minutes per side. Turn the heat down to low and cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound, turning the meat about every 7 to 8 minutes. Test if the meat is done by inserting a meat thermometer in to the thickest part of the meat. The tri-tip should read 120°F for a rare roast, 130°F for medium-rare and 140°F for medium. Take the tri-tip off the grill when it has reached your… Read More
Your Summer Dessert Secret Weapon: Peaches on the Grill
It’s not summer if you’re not firing up the grill, and lucky for you there’s some seriously great meat on special to kick off the party. And to finish things off sweetly, we have a secret tip for something special: grilled peaches. When you grill peaches (or other stone fruits), you perform a kind of magic. The heat of the grill makes the natural sugars caramelize, creating a new sweet and smoky flavor that will make you an instant fan. And you don’t have to serve the peaches warm to get the full flavor impact. Grill them up in advance, pop them in the fridge, and serve when you’re ready. And though you can use the grilled peaches in an endless variety of ways, some of our favorites are the simplest: Just top with whipped cream, Mascarpone cheese, cinnamon, chopped nuts, honey, or all of the above!
How to grill fruit
Our favorites for grilling: Peaches (of course!), nectarines, bananas, pineapple, strawberries… Read More
Get creative decorating Easter eggs this year. Instead of food coloring, dye your eggs naturally with food! Use red wine, onion skins, blueberries, beets, turmeric, tea, and cabbage to make eggs vibrant, festive, and unique.
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Hardboiled eggs (the colors below are for white eggs, you can use brown eggs but colors will come out differently)
Plastic bowls for different dye mixtures
Pot for boiling mixtures
Food for dye
In 2 cups of water, boil beets and 1 tbsp vinegar and let simmer for 15 minutes.
In 2 cups of water, boil 2 tbsp turmeric and 1 tbsp vinegar and let simmer for 15 minutes.
In 2 cups of water, boil 2 cups chopped purple cabbage and 1 tbsp vinegar and let simmer for 15 minutes.
In 2 cups of water, boil red onion skins and 1 tbsp vinegar and let… Read More