Guide to the Sustainable BBQ
With Labor Day right around the corner, the hoods of grills and smokers around the country will soon be lifted in celebration of the holiday. You can be sure that your local grocery store will be stocking up on all of the essentials so you can satisfy your grilling itch. When building your perfect barbecue, you will be looking for products that taste great -- and uphold the values you care about.
To help you navigate the maze of aisles, the HowGood team has created a Guide to the Sustainable Barbecue. As you know, a burger tastes even better when it’s made with eco-friendly, humane ingredients! Below are some quick facts about the most common barbecue-friendly foods so you never have to sacrifice sustainability!
1. Burgers: USDA Organic, Grass-Fed and Finished, and Pasture Access beef is the best way to go. It’s better for you, the cows, and the environment! Try Meadow Haven Farm Grass Fed Ground Beef for a delicious patty that checks the boxes on sustainability-- rated BEST!
2. Chicken: Look for poultry that is USDA Certified Organic with no antibiotics. If possible, look for Pasture Access, which is usually assigned by small-to-mid sized farms.
3. Tomatoes: When you're shopping for tomatoes, look for those coming from small regional farms. Tomatoes typically have high pesticide residues, so organic is best when possible.
4. Pickles: Look for pickles that have natural preservatives (salt, citric acid, and vinegar) and are sourced from local, or USDA certified organic farms. Or, even better, make your own! Try out this super simple recipe for quick picking!
5. Cheese: Don’t forget the cheese! Look for cheese that is USDA Certified Organic and comes from brands that partner with small-to-mid-sized farms with grass-fed cows. Rumiano meets or exceeds many of HowGood’s standards and their cheeses score GREAT.
6. Ketchup: Simple is always better. Avoid ketchup with high fructose corn syrup and look for products that have whole tomatoes as the first ingredient. Check out Tessemae’s Organic Ketchup-- rated GREAT.
7. Potato chips: Smaller, independent producers are more likely to look for the highest quality ingredients and have better corporate histories than mega-corporations. Ingredients are important when it comes to chips; try to buy chips with as simple ingredient lists as possible. The shorter the ingredient list, the better. Brad’s Raw Sweet Potato Chips are rated BEST!