15 Costco Steals for Picnics, BBQs & Beach Days

It’s happening, friends! It’s really happening. Summer is upon us, and as long as we stay smart and follow the most up-to-date CDC rules, it looks like we are going to be able to enjoy the warm weather with our friends and family in familiar and welcom…

It’s happening, friends! It’s really happening. Summer is upon us, and as long as we stay smart and follow the most up-to-date CDC rules, it looks like we are going to be able to enjoy the warm weather with our friends and family in familiar and welcome ways.

This also means it’s time to stock up on the things that make these outdoor gatherings the most successful (and delicious!). A leisurely meandering around a Costco in Brookfield, Connecticut, resulted in a laundry list of items that we all might consider for our upcoming get-togethers and day trips. There are treats to grill and glug, tools to keep us cool, and gadgets to make entertaining easier. Here are 15 Costco summer essentials I’ve got my eye on.

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12 Best Grilling Tools to Stock Up for the Summer

If there was a noise that marked the start of summer, what would it be? Kids splashing in a pool, or maybe the crack of a bat at a baseball stadium? Personally, I think it would be the sizzle of meat on a grill—I can’t help but associate warm weather w…

If there was a noise that marked the start of summer, what would it be? Kids splashing in a pool, or maybe the crack of a bat at a baseball stadium? Personally, I think it would be the sizzle of meat on a grill—I can’t help but associate warm weather with endless evening cookouts, surrounded by my friends and family (aka my happy place).

To prepare for the beginning of grilling season and ensure you have all the necessary supplies to pull off an amazing backyard barbecue, you’ll want to stock up on the essentials: tools, accessories, and ingredients that’ll help you step up your grilling game. Here are some of my hands-down favorite grilling items that you’ll want to snag before the season gets into full swing (they start to sell out quickly once summer is here).

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33 Genius Grilling Recipes for Smarter, Better Cookouts

It’s official now: we’ve hit the season where all we want to do is cook and eat (and swim and cannonball) outside. And—nothing against burgers and steaks—but with so much summer still stretched out ahead, we could use a few more genius…

It's official now: we've hit the season where all we want to do is cook and eat (and swim and cannonball) outside. And—nothing against burgers and steaks—but with so much summer still stretched out ahead, we could use a few more genius ways to work our grills. 

On the grill, we can cook entire dinners, and anything from whole beasts (within reason) to quick skewered bits. Our grill will make stars of the parts of vegetables you'd normally throw out. And don't forget, the charcoal sort will give us not just smoke and a hot grate, but coals to cook in down below. Here are 33 Genius grilling recipes to help you get friendly with fire. 

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9 BBQ Sauce Brands Ready for Chicken, Ribs, Tofu, You Name It

Nothing gets me craving sticky barbecue sauce-coated chicken thighs or pulled pork like a warm evening. There’s just something about the heat—maybe it’s the near-constant earthy aroma of other grills at work—that screams “slather everything in barbecue…

Nothing gets me craving sticky barbecue sauce-coated chicken thighs or pulled pork like a warm evening. There’s just something about the heat—maybe it’s the near-constant earthy aroma of other grills at work—that screams "slather everything in barbecue sauce"! Apparently, other food writers and chefs think so too, so I asked some to tell me about their favorites. Whether you’re into a vinegar- or mustard-forward, tomato- or mayonnaise-based sauce, you’re bound to find a new favorite in this list.

Here are 9 killer barbecue sauces, recommended by food writers and chefs.

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5 Riffs on The Original Margarita That Are Perfect for Summer Grilling

We’ve partnered with Cointreau to share all the delicious ways you can riff on The Original Margarita—the iconic cocktail recipe that dates back to 1948. Bonus: a handful of our top grilled dishes to serve with them.

There’s nothing better than chil…

We’ve partnered with Cointreau to share all the delicious ways you can riff on The Original Margarita—the iconic cocktail recipe that dates back to 1948. Bonus: a handful of our top grilled dishes to serve with them.


There’s nothing better than chillin’ poolside, grilling up some bites on the BBQ (currently dreaming of these spicy shrimp skewers), and washing them down with a delicious summer sipper.

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