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Host the perfect BBQ weekend with these tips

SPONSORED — People like to joke that Seattle summers don’t start until July 5.

But that’s a filthy lie.

Because while our weather isn’t always predictably sunny this time of year, summer is more a state of mind than anything else. A state of mind that starts with Memorial Day weekend, and if you’re about to chime in with an observation about the actual calendar or mention the actual summer solstice, do us all a favor: Don’t.

Memorial Day is summer’s way of knocking at the front door. When you’re growing up, Memorial Day is always the announcement that summer is imminent. It’s why Memorial Day barbecues are such a tradition. Sure, it might be a little early and there might be a dollop of school left, but it’s time to get outside and prepare for the sunny season with something sweet. Like punch. An adult herbal raspberry lemonade punch, which is perfect for any Memorial Day cookout:

Raspberry Thyme Lemonade Punch

1 750ml bottle of Heritage Distilling Co. Raspberry Vodka
1 liter Lemonade
1 liter Ginger ale

Mix vodka with lemonade and ginger ale in a punch bowl then float raspberries and several springs of thyme.
Serves 10-15 people

And every cookout will depend largely on two things: the barbecue and the sauce. So with that in mind, we want to provide you with a staple that can be applied to any meat you’re about to grill: Heritage Distilling’s Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue sauce, which can be made two ways. One sweet, the other with a spicy kick. Both utterly delicious when applied to your meats as a marinade or a glaze or (better yet) both:

Sweet as BSB
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Garlic clove, minced
1 ½ Cup ketchup
1 tsp. Liquid smoke
1 tsp. Dry mustard
1/3 Cup Apple cider vinegar
1/3 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Maple syrup
1/3 Cup Heritage Distilling Co. Brown Sugar Bourbon

Instructions
Heat oil in sauce pan
Saute onion until tender
Add garlic, saute for 1 minute
Mix in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil
Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes

Blitzen BSB BBQ
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Garlic clove, minced
2 Habanero peppers, diced
2 Cups ketchup
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
Hot sauce (anywhere from 1 teaspoon and up)
1/3 Cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup maple syrup
1/3 Cup Heritage Distilling Co. Brown Sugar Bourbon

Instructions
Heat oil in sauce pan
Saute onion until tender
Add garlic, saute for 1 minute
Mix in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil
Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes

And if you’re not quite ready for a full-fledged cookout, we’ve got an idea for you, too. Pretty soon you’ll be able to head out to Heritage Distilling Co.’s new Ballard location, which is opening at 1836 NW Market St next to Ballard Blossom. The location will be a production facility, tasting room, and retail space.

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