Pickles add a certain tang to any dish and we can’t get enough of them! We make our pickles in-house and they add the best flavor to all of our meals that come from the pit. There are so many things you can do with pickles. You can enjoy pickles with a plate of fall-off-the-bone meat or simply blend them into a relish. The options are endless, but we have a few favorite ways to incorporate sweet and spicy pickles into your next meal:

Pickle Relish

There’s nothing like tailgate food during this football season (can we get a #DUUUVAL?!) What’s better than a hot dog on a Sunday before watching the Jags play? A hot dog with pickle relish before the game. It’s delicious and super easy to make. All you need is a jar of your favorite pickles, chopped onion, a pinch of sugar and your favorite mustard. Simply, throw the pickles and onions in a food processor until they’re finely chopped, then add in the sugar and mustard. Stir them all together, then you can store your homemade relish up to a week!

Dill Cheese Ball

We love cheese almost as much as we love pickles, which is a lot. Put them together and you’ve got a match made in heaven. This recipe is perfect for any and all cheese boards, whether it’s for a holiday party, tailgate or just because it’s a Thursday and you need a pick-me-up. It’s an easy recipe that you can enjoy any time, for this recipe you’ll need cream cheese, dill pickle relish, finely chopped onion, cheddar cheese, worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise and fresh parsley. All you need to do is combine all of the ingredients, excluding the parsley, until smooth. Then form into a ball, refrigerate and then serve and sprinkle parsley on top. So easy that you can make it for any occasion, big or small!

Cuban Sliders

Here in Florida, we’re familiar with delicious Cuban food, thanks to our neighbors south of the equator. The popular Cuban sandwich is well-known for its ham, mustard and pickles, of course! We have a special spin on the traditional Cuban – we make them into sliders. Pick out your favorite roll bread, thinly sliced ham (the good stuff…cold cuts have no place on a good Cuban), a tangy mustard, the best pickles you can find and some swiss cheese. Throw them all together and you’ve got a kickin’ Cuban slider that highlights your favorite pickles.

You’ll never go wrong with pickles: sweet, tangy or spicy. There are so many reasons to celebrate this Fall, whether it’s for football, holidays or a big life event. You have the best pickle recipes to please any crowd. If you want to see how we treat our pickles, stop by and order the best meat from the grill you’ve ever had. We’ll add some pickles on the plate to take your meal to the next level. We can’t wait to see you at Valley Smoke this Fall!

It’s that time of year again…red, white and blue everywhere! We love a good American celebration, but there are definitely a few requirements to celebrating the holiday in style. You’re in luck, because your local modern BBQ restaurant is full of fun ideas to make your Fourth of July the best one yet.

American Classic: BBQ

Not only is BBQ a southern delicacy, it’s an American tradition (especially on Independence Day!) The sweet and tangy taste of barbeque sauce is sure to leave your guests wanting more. Our Valley Smoke Beef Brisket is an awesome option that’s sure to exceed any and all expectations. Plenty to share and, best of all, plenty to enjoy!

Patriotic Sippin’

Celebrating Fourth of July definitely calls for a whole lot of red, white and blue. Don’t skip out on the theme when it comes to your drinks! We suggest sticking to drinks with strawberries or blueberries to keep the color scheme and tastes in line with the holiday! You’ll feel extremely patriotic and while sipping on a nice red, white or blue spritzer.

Sparklers, Sparklers, Sparklers

It’s definitely not an Independence Day celebration without sparklers and fireworks! There aren’t many things that scream freedom like exploding firecrackers into the air. Here in Jax we do it big, and we don’t just mean the grand finale fireworks show. Let that American flag fly and send up some fireworks for those who have fought and are fighting for our freedom.

Backyard Games

Keep your party-goers entertained all night long with some awesome backyard games. Whether it’s drinking games or classic family fun games, you’re guests will be thrilled to keep the party going all night. We love a great old fashion game of cornhole or even giant jenga if you’re feeling adventurous. Playing games will keep your guests entertained in between eating BBQ and watching fireworks.

We love the Fourth of July as much as the next guy. Come celebrate in true American fashion with platters of great BBQ and glasses of any whiskey drink your heart desires. It just doesn’t get better than that! If you already have party plans, call ahead for catering options that are sure to impress the guests. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • ‘Que for 2 – 3 Meat Combo with 3 Sides, Buttermilk White Bread, Pickles
  • Farm House Mini Ham Sandwiches – Buttermilk Biscuits, House Cured Country Ham, Pepper Jelly
  • Butcher’s Block Sampler – House Cured Charcuterie & Southern Cheeses, Local Honey, Marcona Almonds, Grilled Baguette

At Valley Smoke, we love whiskey and its various forms. Bourbon, rye or scotch – you name it, we got it. We all know whiskey makes for a delicious winter cocktail but summer is approaching quickly and we aren’t quite ready to part ways. With refreshing summer fusions of strawberry, cucumber, rhubarb, mint, blackberry, peach or lemon, you’ll learn very quickly brown spirits are very versatile. Here are a few of Valley Smoke’s favorite warm weather cocktails that’ll have you boozing all summer long:

 

Derby Sour

Woodford Reserve/ Lemon/ Simple Syrup/ Bittermilk #3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour/ Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend

The name ‘derby’ has been given to a number of cocktails, reference to the Kentucky Derby, bourbon is the most popular base spirit. The sour recipe is a lovely, refreshing twist on the Kentucky Derby classic, the Mint Julep. The Derby Sour is a sweet, delicious summer cocktail for a whiskey lover.

 

Rock and Rye

High West Double Rye/ Rock Candy/ Luxardo/ Star Anise/ Cinnamon/ Lemon/ Orange/ Clove

You make not recognize the name but you’d know the classic cocktail if you saw it. Ya know, the one with the rock candy sticking out of it. It’s origin is traced back to the 20th century when bartenders added rock candy, or rock candy syrup, to smooth out the bite of a young rye. It was often used as a remedy for sniffles or a sore throat. Back then, it was more of a remedy while now, Valley Smoke has crafted it into an exciting refresher.

 

Cucumber Gimlet

Nolet’s Gin/ St. Germain/ House Basil/ Simple Syrup/ Fresh Cucumber/ Lime

I know when I see a cucumber drink on the menu, I just can’t resist. Cucumber cocktails are the epitome of refreshing: light, summery and hydrating. What’s a gimlet? Gimlets are composed of gin, lime juice and a touch of simple syrup. When these basic ingredients are shake with ice and strained into a martini glass, something magical happens.

 

Blackberry Whiskey Smash

Redemption Rye/ Blackberries/ Gingerale/ Lemon/ Simple Syrup

The Blackberry Whiskey Smash is the whiskey drinker’s mojito! This is the perfect drink for those who are whiskey drinkers at heart but have a soft spot for a refreshing mojito. The cocktail is crisp, refreshing and versatile enough for any time of year.

 

Even if you aren’t a big whiskey drinker, it never hurts to try something new! Lucky for you, all these enchanting summer cocktails are on the menu at Valley Smoke. Come visit us in Ponte Vedra, Florida for some tasty craft cocktails, delicious BBQ and an intercoastal view that can’t be beat.