According to the History Channel, four out of five Americans attend a BBQ on 4th of July weekend. Market research has long identified Independence Day, and the two-week period surrounding it, as the pinnacle for annual beer sales across the nation. So it’s fair to assume you’ll have a drink with your burger, brats or ribs, whether you fire up the grill yourself or watch someone else tame the flame.
Finding the right wine, beer or cocktail pairing for your BBQ can be challenging. I spent two hours reviewing existing pairing charts and identified my top three, so you don’t have to. You’re welcome! Bookmark ‘em now, and shopping for your summer grilling adventures will be a breeze.
1. VinePair: Wine Pairings For Popular BBQ Styles
Regional BBQ styles are paired with recommendations for matching red and white wines. Even though the infographic is branded work from Vina Zaco, the picks are generic enough to have them handy when you stop by the store. (A close second is this infographic, also from VinePair.)
2. Food Republic: Wine and Veggie Match-Up
Veggies can be tricky to pair because of their acidity. This infographic does a great job on how to pair wine with vegetables. Food Republic deserves extra kudos for including three varietal choices whenever possible to give wine lovers some flexibility (click on thumbnail to go to full infographic).
3. BrewBound: Beer Pairings Made Easy
I’m a huge fan of infographics that are easy to navigate. Print the chart and stick it on your fridge for future reference.
Add a link to your favorite BBQ pairings graphic to the comments section below. Happy grilling!