James Gang BBQ Sauce
When Pam and Jesse James opened a barbecue restaurant in Lincoln City in 1993, they decided to create all-new recipes, including their own homemade barbecue sauce ($15 for three bottles). It wasn't long before customers began asking for extra sauce on the side, and the Jameses found themselves bottling and selling the savored sauce. After the restaurant was sold, the sauce remained—going on to win many national awards. The James Gang BBQ Co. now offers six varieties, ranging from mild to "tongue torture."
American Hickory BBQ Pellets
Bear Mountain Forest Products, bmfp.com.
"Burns hotter. Burns longer. Burns cleaner." Bear Mountain Forest Products, which has plants in Cascade Locks and Brownsville, Ore., makes a claim that every Oregonian begs to hear. The pellets (20 pounds for $9.90) are dried so you don't waste fuel to burn off excess moisture. Bear Mountain Forest says the pellets burn with far less ash than those of its leading competitor. The pellets are made from a mix of Southern hickory and Northwest alder, which gives a nice bacon note to your T-bone.
Pinafore Smock Apron
Erika Kelly, owner, designer and maker at Portland Apron Company, does every stitch of these high-quality aprons. The pinafore smock ($62) is made from linen and has two pockets in front to hold your barbecue utensils. The length of the apron, 28 inches, assures sauce-free clothes.
Black Floral and Vine Table-Runner and Cushions
Sweet Pea Linens, sweetpealinens.com.
Oregon City's Sweet Pea Linens got its start in 1996 and since has earned a reputation for wedge placemats that fit any round table. The matching table-runner ($19.95) and seat cushions ($16 each) are made with durable acrylic fabric.
Portland Cedar Chair
Blaise Barshaw opened Adirondack-In-A-Box last year, creating high-quality Western red cedar chairs that mimic the 1930s Adirondack style. This cedar chair ($299) comes from Vancouver, B.C., but is made with wood milled in Portland. Barshaw paints each chair with an original paper-cut pattern and mails them as kits to save on shipping costs. Chair assemblage takes a novice about an hour, after which you'll have the perfect place to kick back.
Reverse Twist Barbecue Turner
After working under a master blacksmith for nine years, Jeff Leonard and the 4,900-pound trip hammer he fondly calls "Old Beaudry" now make artisanal ironwork like this beautifully manipulated wrought-iron barbecue turner ($25), which allows you to flip, turn and stably pick up hunks of meat, veggies and hot-pot lids with ease. It's hand-forged in Redmond.
PAC LOK Hibachi
PAC Stove, pacstove.com.
You can't grill out without a grill, and this 11-pound hibachi is compact and easily transportable—the legs can be set up to grill or tucked away for easy carrying. The grill ($100) comes equipped with a clean-out shovel to scoop up the charcoal, and a T-handle to lift a hot grate or lid. PAC Stove recently moved to Springfield and makes stoves from upcycled propane tanks.
Portland Bridges Glasses
Leslie Egenberger's small business began at her kitchen table in Portland, where she made and sold her first hand-painted glasses. In 2000, she decided to launch her own wholesale business, and her glasses are now sold across the U.S. Her newest collection is this set of four Portland bridges glasses ($60), which whimsically display the St. Johns and Steel bridges.