The Perfect Pairings: County Ciders to Complement Your Summer BBQ

Summer is in full swing, and it's time to fire up the grill and savour the great outdoors with friends and family. As you prepare for those memorable BBQ gatherings, there's one essential element that can elevate the summer vibes to new heights – County Cider! 

Join us as we explore the perfect pairings of our locally crafted ciders, each with their own unique flavour profile, ready to complement your summer BBQ in the perfect ways. 

 1. Tortured Path

This artisanal cider shines brightest when paired with delectable dishes from your summer BBQ. Its unique characteristics and complex tannins form exquisite culinary connections, enhancing the flavours of various dishes. Here are some fantastic food pairings to elevate your BBQ experience:

  • Burgers: The rich and earthy notes of Tortured Path complement the smoky flavours of a well-grilled burger, adding depth to each bite. The cider's subtle ginger undertones offer a touch of spiciness that complements the savoury elements of the burger.
  • Lamb: The complexity of the cider stands up wonderfully to the bold and robust flavours of grilled lamb. The creaminess of apple spice notes beautifully balances the meat's intensity, creating a harmonious and memorable pairing.
  • Ploughman's Lunch: For a classic and traditional experience, indulge in a Ploughman's Lunch featuring a variety of sharp cheeses and pickles. Tortured Path's funky character finds its perfect match with the assortment of cheeses, while the cider's acidity cuts through the richness of the cheese and refreshes the palate.

 2. County Apple

County Apple proves to be an exceptional pairing partner for your summer BBQ spread. Its well-rounded acidity cuts through the richness of grilled meats and complements the smoky flavours imparted by barbecuing. The cider's tart finish provides a palate-cleansing effect, keeping your taste buds ready for the next delicious bite. Here are some mouthwatering BBQ dishes that County Apple beautifully complements:

  • Barbecue Ribs: The juicy, succulent flavours of barbecue ribs find their ideal match in County Apple's crispness. The cider's acidity counterbalances the richness of the meat, making each bite a delightful experience.
  • Grilled Chicken: Whether marinated or seasoned with spices, grilled chicken becomes even more delectable when paired with County Apple. The cider's apple-forward notes add a layer of fruity sweetness to the dish.
  • Spicy Asian Foods: County Apple's tartness and fresh profile are a fantastic complement to the bold flavours found in spicy Asian dishes. From Thai curries to Szechuan stir-fries, the cider's crisp finish tames the heat and enhances the overall dining experience.

County Apple Cider

3. Waupoos Premium

When it comes to elevating your summer BBQ to a gastronomic delight, Waupoos Premium proves to be the perfect culinary partner. Its off-dry profile complements a range of dishes, enhancing flavours without overpowering them. Here are some delectable BBQ dishes that marry beautifully with the zesty charms of Waupoos Premium:

  • Chicken Wings: Whether you opt for classic buffalo wings or experiment with various glazes, Waupoos Premium's zesty acidity cuts through the richness of the chicken, creating a harmonious balance that makes each bite utterly satisfying.
  • Wood-Fired Pizza: The crisp, lingering finish of Waupoos Premium is the ideal accompaniment to the rustic and smoky flavours of wood-fired pizza. As you savor each slice, the tangy apple fruit flavours of the cider elevate the experience to sheer culinary bliss


4. County Pear

At your summer BBQ, culinary harmony takes center stage when you pair this medium-sweet pear cider with a selection of delectable dishes. From fish and chips to your favorite Chinese cuisine, the cider enhances the flavors and brings out the best in each bite. Here are two outstanding pairings that celebrate the versatility of this cider:

  • Fish and Chips: The bright pear flavours of the cider offer a delightful contrast to the rich, crispy batter of the fish. The cider's medium sweetness complements the savoury fish and chips, resulting in a well-balanced and satisfying combination.
  • Favorite Chinese Food: Whether you're indulging in sweet and sour dishes or savoury stir-fries, the bright pear and delicate vanilla undertones of the cider harmonize wonderfully with the diverse flavours of Chinese cuisine. The cider's refreshing apple finish also helps cleanse the palate between bites, keeping your taste buds eager for more.

5. County Feral

This cider's versatility knows no bounds – it's not only a fantastic companion for your summer BBQ, but it can also play a starring role in various culinary adventures. Its slightly tart nature and mild sweetness provide an excellent base for a range of dishes. Here are two extraordinary ways to experience the wonders of this cider:

  • Fabulous Marinade for Chicken and Turkey: Elevate the flavorus of your grilled chicken and turkey with this cider's unique profile. Its tartness tenderizes the meat, while the mild sweetness brings a delightful caramelized glaze to the surface during cooking. The balanced acidity complements savory spices and herbs, resulting in an unforgettable marinade experience.
  • Pulled Pork and Smoked Meats: For lovers of hearty and smoky flavours, this cider is the perfect accompaniment to pulled pork and various smoked meats. Its slightly tart character balances the richness of the meats, and the crisp finish refreshes the palate between bites, making it a delightful pairing.