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Pascale’s Liquors Ultimate BBQ Wine Pairing Guide

Tue, Jun 06, 23
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Fire up your grill and get ready for a mouthwatering ultimate BBQ pairing guide. In this article, we'll walk you through Nick’s expert BBQ wine recommendations to elevate your grilling experience. Whether you're in Liverpool or Syracuse, NY, looking for a liquor store with a big selection, Pascale's Liquors is the place to visit. Located at 7401 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090, Pascale's Liquors offers a friendly staff and great value, ensuring you find the perfect wine to complement your BBQ feast.

Classic Cheeseburgers

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Season ground beef with salt, pepper, and desired seasonings.
  3. Shape into patties, making an indentation in the center of each.
  4. Grill for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium doneness.
  5. Top with your favorite cheese during the last minute of grilling.
  6. Serve on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and condiments.
Pro tip: Create an indentation in the center of the patty to prevent it from puffing up during grilling and ensure an even cook.
For Classic Cheeseburgers, we recommend Fog Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. This approachable Cabernet classic from Fog Mountain, available at Pascale's Liquors, boasts robust flavors of black fruits, hints of spice, and firm tannins that perfectly complement the juicy beef and melted cheese of the burgers. 


Smoky BBQ Ribs

  1. Preheat the grill to low heat for indirect grilling.
  2. Season the ribs with a dry rub of your choice (such as paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper).
  3. Place the ribs on the grill away from direct heat and close the lid.
  4. Cook for about 3-4 hours, maintaining a steady temperature, until the meat is tender and pulls away from the bone.
  5. During the last 30 minutes, baste the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce.
Pro Tip: To achieve fall-off-the-bone tenderness, consider using the "low and slow" cooking method for your Smoky BBQ Ribs. This involves grilling the ribs at a low temperature for a longer duration. Start by preheating the grill to low heat and placing the ribs away from direct heat, ensuring they cook slowly and evenly. This method allows the flavors to develop, and the meat becomes incredibly tender, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth BBQ rib experience.
For Smoky BBQ Ribs, we recommend Perseverance Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel. Available at Pascale's Liquors, this medium-bodied red wine showcases ripe plum, black cherry, and spice flavors that harmonize with the smoky and tangy flavors of the BBQ ribs.

Garlic Lime Grilled Shrimp Skewers

  1. In a bowl, combine minced garlic, lime juice, olive oil, chopped cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  2. Thread large shrimp onto skewers and brush generously with the marinade.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates.
  4. Grill the shrimp skewers for about 2-3 minutes per side until they turn pink and slightly charred.
  5. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and garnish with additional cilantro.
For Garlic Lime Grilled Shrimp Skewers, we recommend Granite Hill Sauvignon Blanc, available at Pascale's Liquors. This crisp and citrus-forward white wine showcases lively acidity, vibrant citrus flavors, and a refreshing character that beautifully complements the zesty and grilled flavors of the shrimp skewers.

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

  1. In a bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, dried herbs (such as thyme and oregano), salt, and pepper.
  2. Toss a variety of vegetables (such as bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms) in the marinade.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grates.
  4. Grill the vegetables for about 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally until they are tender and charred.
  5. Drizzle with additional balsamic vinegar before serving.
Pro Tip: For the perfect char and smoky flavor on your Balsamic Grilled Vegetables, make sure to preheat the grill thoroughly and oil the grates before grilling.
For Balsamic Grilled Vegetables, we recommend Melted Chardonnay, available at Pascale's Liquors. This medium-bodied white wine features hints of green apple, tropical fruit, and passion fruit, creating a delightful flavor profile. Its bright acidity and gentle warmth perfectly complement the smoky sweetness of the grilled vegetables.

Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

  1. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Sprinkle the mixture over fresh pineapple slices, ensuring they are coated evenly.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill the pineapple slices for about 2-3 minutes per side until they have grill marks and are caramelized.
  5. Serve as a sweet and tangy dessert or alongside savory dishes.
Pro tip: Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using to prevent them from burning on the grill.
For Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple, we recommend Carl Sittmann Riesling, available at Pascale's Liquors. This sweet and aromatic white wine showcases enticing aromas of green apples, pears, and apricots. Its sweet flavors of peaches and apples are beautifully balanced by a crisp acidity, creating a refreshingly elegant profile without being overly sweet. 


BBQ Sauce Pairings: Adding the Finishing Touch

When it comes to BBQ, the sauce can make all the difference. 
  • Pair tangy BBQ sauce with Classic Cheeseburgers for a delightful flavor combination. The tangy notes of the sauce complement the juicy beef patty, creating a mouthwatering experience.
  • For BBQ Ribs, try smoky BBQ sauce, which harmonizes with the rich flavors of the ribs, creating a heavenly match.
  • If you prefer a sweet and spicy flavor, Memphis BBQ sauce adds a tantalizing kick to Garlic Lime Grilled Shrimp Skewers. Visit Pascale's Liquors to explore our range of BBQ sauces and find your perfect pairing.

Local Outdoor Grilling Spots: Liverpool, NY’s Hidden Gems

If you're in Liverpool, NY, or the surrounding area, we've got you covered. Onondaga Lake Park is an idyllic location for outdoor enthusiasts. With ample grilling areas and pavilions for cookouts, you can enjoy a BBQ feast surrounded by the beauty of nature. Explore the scenic trails by foot or bike, take in the picturesque views of the lake, indulge in bird-watching opportunities, or try kayaking or paddleboarding on the tranquil waters. Visit Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, NY, for a memorable outdoor grilling experience.

Clay Central Park, also in Liverpool, NY, is another fantastic outdoor destination with amenities for everyone to enjoy. The park features grills available for barbecues, as well as a playground, swing set, sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and restrooms. With its diverse range of offerings, Clay Central Park provides a perfect setting for outdoor recreation and leisure activities for visitors of all ages. Grab your grill and head to Clay Central Park for a fun-filled day of grilling and outdoor fun.

If you're willing to venture a bit further, Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, NY, offers a unique and picturesque setting for grilling and picnicking. In addition to its grilling areas, the park boasts two glacial lakes known for their vibrant turquoise color. Take a leisurely stroll around the lakes, explore the scenic trails that wind through the surrounding woodlands, or indulge in bird watching. Adventure seekers can enjoy swimming in the dedicated beach area. Experience the beauty of nature while grilling at Green Lakes State Park.

Pascale's Liquors is here to help!

We hope this BBQ wine pairing guide has ignited your culinary inspiration and equipped you with the knowledge to create unforgettable grilling experiences. Visit Pascale's Liquors, conveniently located at 7401 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090, or purchase online for pickup or delivery, to discover a wide selection of wines and liquors to complement your BBQ feast. 
By Alden Morris