Summer is finally upon us, and with it an endless parade of barbecues. Contrary to what every commercial will have you believe, the presence of people smiling and heaps of corn don’t make them all the same. Whether begrudgingly celebrating your cousin’s high school graduation at your least favorite aunt’s house, or attending a neighbor’s all-out rager where grilling meat is really more of an afterthought, the right edible can make a boring event tolerable, and a fun one even more turned up.
Now that it’s officially June, we thought it was time to suggest some enhancements for your next outdoor shindig. Below, we’ve highlighted a variety of banging edibles that will perfectly accompany any BBQ you might attend.
For a BBQ at a Parent’s House...
Kiva’s Blueberry Terra Bites
I’m from Ojai, a hippie valley in California where the consumption of cannabis is a family affair. My family, however, is not so inclined. To show up at my parent’s house with a tray of pot brownies for Father’s Day would be unsavory, to say the least. When it comes to getting high at most family functions across the country, discretion is key.
Kiva Blueberry Terra Bites are tiny chocolate lifesavers that comprise a large part of my diet in times of need. Each milk chocolate covered blueberry is packed with 5mg THC, at 120mg per container. Be careful not to underestimate them and get weird at the party. Start with one, then work your way up.
Visit Kiva’s website here for more on the company
For a Mellow BBQ with Close Friends...
Image via MUNCHIES, courtesy of Kevin Bludso
Kevin Bludso’s Stoned Bread...
For a mellow barbecue with your nearest and dearest, the kind where everyone brings a dish and no one was not invited, making a DIY edible can be a fun activity and make you a real team player. For this route, we enlisted the help of Kevin Bludso, famed Texan barbecue master and owner of the LA institution Bludso’s Bar & Que. This cornbread recipe was featured on VICE’s cannabis cooking show Bong Appetit, and it was arguably the stand out of Bludso’s spectacular Southern feast. See the recipe below:
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons butter made with weed or concentrate, cubed, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
3 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
Optional: Fresh weed leaves to arrange on top of bread
Heat oven to 400 F. Grease an 8” x 8” baking dish with the cannabis butter, set aside.
Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (fitted with paddle attachment), beat the butter, sugar, and honey until light and fluffy — about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the buttermilk, and then mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
Pour the batter into the baking dish, and spread to an even layer. Arrange fresh weed leaves on top, if applicable. Bake until golden — about 25 minutes.
For more on Kevin Bludso, visit his next-level restaurant’s website here
For a Celebratory BBQ with a Mix of Family and Friends...
Custom Tray of Chronic Dessert Cupcakes
These barbecues, which are capable of bridging the friend/family continuum, are usually centered around a particular celebration, like your childhood best friend’s birthday party, per se. Excite your peers, and dazzle old skeptics into submission with a tray of Chronic Dessert’s insane cupcakes.
Chronic Desserts, named one of High Time’s Top 10 Amazing Edible Bakeries, was started by Leilani Kaloha, a pastry chef with a passion for pot. Each order is wholly customizable, with THC content ranging from 100-250 mg per cupcake. Beautifully designed, popular flavors include the oreo-stuffed Cookies and Cream and Lemon Rainbow Nerds. Just be sure to order a few weeks in advance, as barbeque season also means wedding season.
For more on Chronic Dessert, visit the company’s website here
For an All-Out BBQ Rager...
Humboldt’s Finest Vodka
Some barbecues are nothing but a facade to throw a hot, massive party. At this kind of soiree, food is often picked at before collecting flies, becoming drenched in various spillage, and ultimately going untouched until everyone is super drunk. Why not cut to the chase and just bring a unique type of adult beverage? Enter Humboldt’s Distillery’s cannabis-infused vodka, Humboldt’s Finest.
While it’s illegal to infuse alcohol of any kind with marijuana, as alcohol is federally regulated by the FDA and marijuana is not yet federally legal, Humboldt’s Finest uses food-grade hemp to capture the aromatic terpenes of the plant, “retaining the botanical aroma reminiscent of fresh cannabis,” according to the company’s founder, Abe Stevens. Its lack of THC is honestly for the best; only the most seasoned professionals could handle such a heavy combination — with most spiraling into a nauseous stupor, damaging the party vibes. And don’t even think about trying to make your own DIY “Green Dragon” punch — that shit is for college dorm room parties. Humboldt’s Finest is the perfect middle ground between tasteful and wasted, and it will turn up any party to at least an 11.
For more on Humboldt’s Finest, visit the company’s website here
Now that you’re ready for whatever summer has in store for you, go out there and get everyone at the next BBQ stoned. Most will think it’s hilarious, and if anyone judges you, there’s probably no room for them in your life anyway. After making it through winter, and sitting through your fifth graduation ceremony of the month, you deserve to make the next backyard gathering a little more interesting.
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