Magazine article USA TODAY

Spice Up Your Backyard

Magazine article USA TODAY

Spice Up Your Backyard

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Summertime is outdoor cooking season, with the rest of the family relaxing while the self-proclaimed master of the grill (usually Dad) turns culinary skills toward burgers, franks, steaks, and other hardy fare. Burgers, of course, cry out for ketchup, but why settle for that same old stuff? For intrepid appetites, there are new, more interesting alternatives on the supermarket shelf.

The rather immodestly named World's Best Inc., Norwood, Mass., has a quintet of ketchups guaranteed to perk up your palate: dill, basil, onion, garlic, and sweet. The latter, unabashedly aimed at kids and adults with a sweet tooth, is flavored with maple syrup and has four times the sugar content of leading brands. Each of the ketchups is distinctive and can be counted on to spice up that humble patty.

Vermont Gold, Brattleboro, Vt., is a bit more conservative with its Classic Ketchup. Its secret is adding pure maple syrup instead of refined sugar to vine-ripened tomatoes. Eschewing preservatives and additives, Vermont Gold includes nothing else but a tasty blend of spices and seasoning, creating a piquant flavoring over the sweetness. …

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