Co-op Staff Picks

Kickoff summer with an epic grillapalooza! Picks include our go-to dry rub, a new line of local sauces we love, sides made by our own chefs, a hoppy brew to pair it all with, and more.


Char Crust
Flavorful Rubs

Little-known fact: the Co-op web developer is a grillmaster extraordinaire. Truly. He's tried every sauce and rub out there and this is his favorite, so we asked for his tasting notes.

This is what he had to say: "This is my go-to dry rub. Why? Because there is magic within the blend of spices that puts the most delicious and flavorful crust on whatever you choose to cook. Out of all the suggested uses for this product, I found fish and chicken work the best, as it keeps the insides perfectly moist and juicy while providing a nice crust on the outside." (Thanks, Mike! What time is dinner?)

Available At
Hanover, Lebanon & White River Jct.Grocery Dept.


Big Dog Sauces
Hillsborough N.H.
Tasty & Versatile Sauces

Versatile, tasty, and made in New Hampshire! We love Big Dog sauces for their wide range of uses, as they can put the zing into everything from marinade to finish.

Pro Tips Chicken loves the Maple BBQ variety, steak is fond of Green Chili, ribs scream for Mango Habanero, and did you just hear your salad asking for dressing made with the Blackberry Sauce?! Did we mention versatility?!

Available At
Hanover, Lebanon & White River Jct.Grocery Dept.


Potato Crisps

4.4 oz.......................2/$7  Save $1.29

Ask any chef and they will tell you that the secret to a simple, great meal—like a backyard cookout on Memorial Day, for example—is putting some extra effort into the little things. Good quality meat. Interesting sides. Rubs and sauces that sing. And for the kicker, great chips!

All Keogh's products are grown and produced in Ireland, and are famously some of the best chips you'll ever taste. Take your potato chip game to a whole new level. Flavors include:

  • Mature Irish Cheese and Onion
  • Shamrock and Sour Cream
  • Atlantic Sea Salt and Irish Cider Vinegar
  • Irish Atlantic Sea Salt
  • Flame Grilled Steak Crinkle Cut
  • Truffle and Real Irish Butter Crisps

Available At
Hanover, Lebanon & White River Jct.—Grocery Dept.


Co-op Kitchen
Antipasto Salad

A salad filled with diced salami, ham, olives, provolone cheese, tomatoes, red onion, pepperoncinis, and so much more, all tossed in a seasoned citrus oil. Great for picnics, backyard barbecues, or an addition to cheese platters and accompanied with your favorite crispy crackers.

Available At
All LocationsPrepared Food Dept.


Co-op Kitchen
Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Red potatoes tossed with North Country Smokehouse bacon, red onion, and our house-made ranch-mayo. Ready to complement any meal or cookout. Goes great with good burger grilled just right, a few close friends, and a juicy, refreshing, hoppy craft brew. (Why yes, of course we can recommend one of those.)

Available At
All LocationsPrepared Food Dept.


Real Pickles
Organic Kimchi

15 oz.......................$9.49  Save $2.00

Real Pickles is a worker-owned cooperative out of Greenfield, MA, that purchases organic veggies from only northeast family farms, and sells their products only in the northeast.

Their moderately spicy and vegan version of the traditional Korean pickle delivers fresh, complex flavor with garlic, ginger, and chile pepper. Great with stir fry, noodles, or fish, but don't hesitate to go broad, as they make an interesting accompaniment to a backyard cookout to give your guests a unique taste experience they'll remember.

Available At
Hanover, LebanonProduce Dept.


Great Hill Dairy
Raw Milk Blue Cheese

Sold by the lb.......................  Save $2.00/lb

What makes this blue cheese different? Unlike most blue cheese varieties, Great Hill's blue is made with raw and non-homogenized milk, for a fully flavored and creamy tasting cheese.

We also love that the farm uses minimal processing, wholistic process, a down-to-earth love of nature, and small-batch techniques that result in a truly gourmet blue cheese.

Available At
Hanover, Lebanon & White River Jct.Cheese Dept.


Barn First Dairy
Valdes Blue

Sold by the lb.......................  Save $4.00/lb

Valdes Blue is a raw goat’s milk blue that's delicate, bright, and tangy, with notes of minerals, mushrooms, and wet earth. The goat’s milk lends a subtle musky flavor that makes this blue unique and approachable.

Pro tip Pair with a barley wine, lambic, saison-style beer, white wines like off-dry Riesling, and red wines like Arbois or Cabernet Franc.

Available At
HanoverCheese Dept.


Ducktrap of Maine
Smoked Roasted Atlantic Salmon

4 oz.......................$7.99  Save $2.00

To create this incredible product, Atlantic salmon portions are brined and delicately hot smoked with a unique blend of local Maine apple, cherry, maple, and oak woods.

The resulting smoked portion is fork tender with a flaky texture. Made by a legendary smokehouse with 40 years of experience smoking seafood in Maine.

Available At
Hanover, Lebanon & White River Jct.Cheese Dept.


Lucy & Howe Brewing Co.
Jericho, Vt.
Underwater Space Helmet IPA

Hazy IPAs are all the rage, making the non-hazy variety a special treat more and more. Underwater Space Helmet IPA (don't you just love the name?) is a punchy mix of Simcoe, Mosaic, and Chinook hops, resulting in a delightful West Coast-leaning IPA that is cleanly hoppy with a bit of malt backbone.

The beer pours clear with plenty of hop and bitterness and malt up front, with all the grapefruity citrus IPA lovers crave. The body is light, with a nice easy finish. A great choice for a cookout on a warm day when you want something refreshing that won't compete with bold, heavy foods like burgers and potato salad.

Available At
White River Jct.

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