Saturday, December 9, 2023

Backyard Barbecue

Get a taste of Indiana with meat, produce and refreshing beverages

By Rebecca R. Bibbs

this-old-farmSummertime means breaking out the grill and having family and friends over for a backyard barbecue. Many minority- and women-owned Indiana companies provide products that are great at cookouts.

This Old Farm Inc. Let’s face it; it’s not a barbecue without the grilled meats. Colfax-based This Old Farm Inc., owned by Jessica Smith and her husband Erick, can set you up with certified organic ground beef, pork sausage and rib chops and boneless chicken breast. Local pick-up is provided at several sites throughout the state.

Pa and Ma’s Bar-B-Que Sauce Impress your guests by slathering your ribs and chicken with the tangy flavor of one of Indianapolis’ longest-running establishments, Pa and Ma’s. Available at supermarkets throughout Central Indiana.

Simonton Lake Drive-In Opting for a family-friendly event? Pick up a gallon, $4.91, or party keg, $23.99, of homemade root beer at Elkhart’s Simonton Lake Drive-In, owned by Rick and Roni Hoff.

Royer Farm Fresh What is a cookout without deviled eggs? Nikki Royer and her husband provide fresh pastured eggs on the farm started by her great-grandfather near Clinton. Visit the store, farmer’s markets in Indianapolis’ Broad Ripple neighborhood, Fishers or Terre Haute.

Melon Acres Farms Indiana countryside stands and local farmer’s markets are the perfect place to find fresh produce to accompany grilled delicacies. Pick up fresh corn for roasting and a juicy seeded or unseeded watermelon or cantaloupe at Melon Acres owned by Mike and Vicki Horrall outside of Oaktown.

Pie First Bakery Finish off your meal with Old-Fashioned Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie, a Chocolate Cheesecake with Almond Crust or Amish Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies made with real butter, vanilla from Madagascar and freshly grated nutmeg from Pie First Bakery. Pick up the treats baked by Louise and Rick Miracle at the bright pink tent from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Owen County Farmers’ Market in Spencer.

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