Upgrade Your Independence Day BBQ with Gourmet Italian Ingredients

Independence Day is a beloved tradition in the United States, marked by vibrant fireworks, family gatherings, and, of course, the quintessential BBQ. As we come together to celebrate our nation's freedom, there's no better way to enhance the experience than by elevating your BBQ game with unique flavors and high-quality ingredients. This year, why not bring a touch of Italy to your grill? In this article, we’ll provide you with practical tips and ideas to make your grilled meat tastier using some Italian recipes and premium products from Mercato di Bellina.

Italian cuisine is renowned for its rich, robust flavors and high-quality ingredients. Using Italian sauces and seasonings can transform ordinary grilled meats into extraordinary culinary delights. These products not only enhance the taste but also add a layer of sophistication to your BBQ. High-quality Italian products bring out the best in grilled dishes, making the BBQ experience more enjoyable for everyone.

Gourmet Coarse Sicilian Herbs Salt for Meat and Fish Seasoning by Cutrera

This gourmet coarse Sicilian herbs salt is a versatile seasoning blend perfect for both meat and fish. It features a delightful mix of oregano, rosemary, thyme, dried lemon peel, and chili pepper. This blend is carefully crafted to add a burst of flavor to your grilled dishes.

Usage Tips:

  • Dry Rubs: Apply the Sicilian herbs salt directly to your meats as a dry rub. This works exceptionally well with steaks, chicken, and fish, enhancing their natural flavors.
  • Marinades: Mix the herbs salt with olive oil and lemon juice to create a quick and flavorful marinade for your meats.
  • Finishing Touch: Sprinkle the salt over grilled meats just before serving for an extra kick of flavor.

Recipe Idea: Grilled Herb-Seasoned Chicken


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons Gourmet Coarse Sicilian Herbs Salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  • Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Generously season with the Sicilian herbs salt.
  • Grill over medium heat until fully cooked, about 6-7 minutes per side.
  • Serve with a fresh salad and enjoy!

Organic Cherry Tomato Sauce with Basil by Frantoi Cutrera

The Organic Cherry Tomato Sauce with Basil is made from the finest cherry tomatoes ripened under the Sicilian sun. Enhanced with sweet Giarratana onions and fresh basil, this sauce offers a velvety texture and naturally sweet flavor, perfect for adding a touch of Italy to your BBQ.

Usage Tips:

  • Marinade: Use the cherry tomato sauce as a marinade for chicken or pork, adding moisture and flavor to the meat.
  • Grilling Glaze: Brush the sauce onto meats during the last few minutes of grilling for a delicious glaze.
  • Dipping Sauce: Serve the sauce as a side for dipping grilled meats.

Recipe Idea: Grilled Chicken with Cherry Tomato Basil Glaze


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup Organic Cherry Tomato Sauce with Basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Marinate the chicken thighs in the cherry tomato sauce for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Grill the chicken, brushing with additional sauce, until fully cooked, about 5-6 minutes per side.
  • Serve with a side of grilled vegetables.

Sweet Onion Jam - Caramelized Onion Jam by Frantoi Cutrera

This caramelized onion jam is made from aromatic Sicilian onions, creating a sweet and savory spread that pairs perfectly with grilled meats. Its unique flavor profile adds depth to any dish, making it an ideal BBQ companion.

Usage Tips:

  • Topping: Use the onion jam as a topping for burgers, steaks, cheese or grilled chicken.
  • Ingredient: Incorporate the jam into BBQ sauces for added sweetness and complexity.
  • Sandwich Spread: Spread the onion jam on sandwiches or bruschetta for a gourmet touch.

Recipe Idea: Grilled Burgers with Sweet Onion Jam


  • 4 burger patties
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 tablespoons Sweet Onion Jam
  • Lettuce, tomato, and cheese for toppings


  • Grill the burger patties to your desired doneness.
  • Toast the buns on the grill.
  • Assemble the burgers, adding a generous spoonful of onion jam on top of each patty.
  • Add lettuce, tomato, and cheese as desired.

Red Pesto - Sundried Tomato Pesto - Imported from Italy - by ROI

This red pesto combines cold-pressed Ligurian EVOO, sun-dried tomatoes, cashew nuts, and DOP basil, creating a rich and flavorful sauce. It’s perfect for adding a burst of Italian flavor to grilled dishes.

Usage Tips:

  • Marinade: Use the red pesto as a marinade for steaks or chicken, infusing them with rich, tangy flavors.
  • Spread: Spread the pesto on grilled sandwiches or use it as a topping for bruschetta.
  • Pasta Side Dish: Mix the pesto with cooked pasta for a delicious side dish to accompany grilled meats.

Recipe Idea: Grilled Steak with Red Pesto Marinade


  • 2 ribeye steaks
  • 4 tablespoons Red Pesto
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Marinate the steaks in red pesto and olive oil for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat.
  • Grill the steaks to your preferred doneness, about 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  • Serve with a side of pesto pasta.

Using high-quality Italian products can significantly enhance your Independence Day BBQ experience. From the robust flavors of Gourmet Coarse Sicilian Herbs Salt to the sweet and savory notes of Sweet Onion Jam, these products will elevate your grilled dishes to new heights. Experiment with these recipes and products from Mercato di Bellina to create a memorable celebration that your family and friends will love. Explore more products to add an authentic Italian touch to your BBQ feast on our website. 

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