Friday Finds: BBQ Season Kickoff

Fire up the grill…let’s kick off the first holiday weekend of summer with these California standouts.

Based in Huntington Beach, Caliber Appliances offers the cool and colorful Pro Kamado for your summer cooking adventures. Light and lean at only 75 lbs. and 22 inches, the versatile unit will grill, smoke, bake and rotisserie all season long. The efficient and unique triple-layered insulated oven design keeps heat and moisture in while using 40% less lump charcoal than ceramic grills.

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Bryan Flannery seasoned his knowledge of beef through his dad, Bryan Sr., who founded Bryans Quality Meats in San Francisco. Though still in operation, Bryan split off from the family and formed Flannery Beef out of nearby San Rafael. With the California Reserve selection, you’ll find a nice selection of streaks for your grill, including the Dry Aged Jorge Ribsteak, named after a favorite Spanish wine importer and cut from the chuck end of the prime rib. Dry aged for 30-35 days, bone-in with plenty of fat and marbling, this cut will easily serve three to four guests.

Blessed with a Mediterranean-like climate in Central California, Castroville is prime territory for growing tasty artichokes. The gold standard of artichoke production for nearly a century, Ocean Mist brings the best of the best to your table. Grill them for a delicious crowd pleaser. Goldbelly can ship you an eight-pack of fresh medium artichokes to your door for $69.

A family tradition that started with a small storefront in San Pablo, Kinder’s has been serving up signature sauces since 1946. The Cali Gold Organic BBQ Sauce comes infused with California-inspired ingredients for a smooth, sweet and spicy sauce we can get behind. Try as a marinade or just go straight for the dip.

Before it became a culinary giant, Williams-Sonoma started as a local operation in heart of Wine Country. These summery napkins pay homage to California citrus with bright embroidery on crisp, sustainable white cotton. The set of four includes grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange designs. Machine wash for an easy post-BBQ clean.