Food & Drink

Essential Goods for Grilling Season

Sixteen Southern-made items from Fieldshop by Garden & Gun to awaken the backyard barbecuer in anyone

With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, it’s high time to start planning the annual cookout. But not to fret: With the right tools (and a few artisanal treats), playing host will be a breeze. Take these ideas from Fieldshop by Garden & Gun: From pro-level grilling gear to punchy picnic table settings, these goods will help this year’s soiree shine.

Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ Cookbook

Start by taking a few cues from a top pitmaster: In this groundbreaking cookbook, the South Carolina barbecue legend Rodney Scott spills his secrets for smoked turkey, barbecued spare ribs, hush puppies, whole-hog cooking, and more. $30,

Spice Trio 

Created by the chef and restaurateur Meherwan Irani, Spicewalla spice blends get carefully made in small batches for maximum flavor. This set of speciality rubs takes meat and poultry to the next level before hitting the grill. $14,

Hand-Forged Fire Tool 

Wood-fire cooking is easier with the right tools. Crafted in three designs by Sea Island Forge, this handsome, hand-hammered poker will be a fireside essential. $140,

Carolina Honey 

This raw Carolina honey from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit makes a natural accompaniment for biscuits or adds a little sweetness to your marinade. $16,

New Orleans Toile Dinner Plates 

Ditch the paper plates for this elegant melamine set by the Texas-based designer Katie Kime. $26 for a set of four,

The Artful Wooden Spoon Book

Joshua Vogel’s hand-carved kitchenwares are coveted far and wide. Steal some inspiration from this artful coffee-table book featuring more than two hundred photographs of Vogel’s timeless work. $25,

Fried Chicken Mix

A Blackberry Farm original, this buttermilk-and-sage-brined batter creates a light, crispy texture on everything from chicken to fried green tomatoes. $12, 

Spicy Sweet Pickles 

A family recipe passed down for generations, Fox and Otter’s signature Spicy Sweet pickles make for a perfect cook-out condiment no matter the main dish. $10,

Barrel-Aged Pepper Sauce 

An exclusive collaboration between Pappy & Company and Georgia’s Midland Ghost, this bright-red hot sauce combines first-generation ghost peppers with barrel-aged bourbon for a rich, smoky heat. Add a dash to chargrilled meat and veggies and get ready to sweat. $13,

Brown and Green Smoking Fuel

A pitmaster’s secret weapon, the Art of Pecan’s blend of Texas pecan shells and fennel seeds releases a smoky, aromatic flavor into any barbecue pit or backyard grill. $14,

Dill Pickle Mustard

Packing a salty-sour punch, this unexpected condiment by the Pickle House adds a little something extra to burgers and dogs. $8,

Sweet Jalapeños

A 2018 Made in the South Award winner, Jed’s Finest’s sugar-cured jalapeños bring a sweet heat to nachos, burgers, and cornbread, and even make a mean topping for crackers and dip. $7-$10, 

Magnolia Vinegar

Whether mixed into a marinade, drizzled on summer veggies, or splashed in a cocktail, Lindera Farms’ fan-favorite vinegar delivers subtle notes of rosemary, honey, and magnolia. $24, 

Buxton Rib Rub

This special Spicewalla blend takes a page out of pitmaster Elliot Moss’s book, packaging the Asheville chef’s signature rub for grilled ribs, pork butt, or chicken. $8,

Bloody Mary Mix 

Nothing completes a backyard brunch like a bloody Mary bar. Made with Valencia Gold and Carolina Gold tomatoes, a touch of green hot sauce, and sweet-hot pickle juice, this go-to mix by Natural Blonde makes a perfect base. $14, 

White Chocolate Pecan Pie

End on a sweet note with this decadent pie by the Nashville-based confectioner Colts Chocolate Co. A flaky crust, fresh Texas pecans, and rich white chocolate make this Southern classic a fitting finale for any gathering. $32,