How to Celebrate National Barbecue Month

How to Celebrate National Barbecue Month

As May unfurls its warm embrace, so does the inviting aroma of smoky-sweet ribs, chargrilled burgers, and succulent steaks, signaling the arrival of National Barbecue Month. It's a time when the days grow longer, the weather warmer, and the allure of backyard gatherings becomes irresistible.

Whether you're a seasoned pitmaster, commanding the grill with finesse, or an eager enthusiast ready to elevate your grilling game, National Barbecue Month invites you to ignite the flames and embrace the culinary symphony of outdoor cooking.

Embracing the Essence of BBQ

Picture this: A sun-kissed afternoon, the tantalizing scent of barbecue wafting through the air, and a table laden with savory delights. This is the essence of National Barbecue Month—an invitation to indulge in the quintessential flavors of summer.

From sticky-sweet baked beans to creamy coleslaw and comforting mac and cheese, every dish is a testament to the artistry of barbecue cuisine. Add a dollop of your favorite BBQ sauce, a dash of mustard, and a chilled beer, and you've set the stage for a culinary extravaganza that's sure to impress.

Exploring America's BBQ Landscape

Embark on a journey across the diverse landscape of American barbecue, where regional traditions and distinct flavors converge to create a tapestry of culinary delights.

  • Kansas City BBQ: Venture into the heartland of barbecue bliss, where over 100 spots vie for the title of the best BBQ joint. Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of burnt ends, the crispy caramelized delicacy that epitomizes Kansas City's culinary prowess.
  • Carolina BBQ: Engage in the age-old debate between North and South Carolina styles, united by their reverence for pork. From the vinegar-infused Eastern style to the ketchup-kissed Lexington rendition, Carolina BBQ offers tempting flavors to explore.
  • Texas BBQ: Experience the Lone Star State's love affair with beef, featuring succulent ribs, brisket, and specialty smoked sausages. Revel in the bold flavors of dry rubs infused with mustard or chili powders, accompanied by the savory essence of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Memphis BBQ: Let your taste buds dance to the rhythm of Memphis BBQ, renowned for its pork-centric offerings and signature hickory-smoked ribs. Explore the eclectic blend of ketchup, mustard, vinegar, and spices, epitomized by the iconic barbeque spaghetti.

Elevating Your BBQ Experience

Take your National Barbecue Month celebration to the next level with these captivating ideas:

  • Take a Cooking Class: Hone your grilling prowess with online or local BBQ cooking classes, or delve into the CHEF iQ App's guided cooking recipes for a culinary adventure.
  • Get Saucy: Elevate your BBQ experience by crafting your signature sauce, infusing ketchup or vinegar with a symphony of spices to tantalize your taste buds.
  • Beat Bobby Flay BBQ Cook-Off: Challenge your BBQ aficionado friends to a cook-off, showcasing their best rib or brisket recipes, and crown the National BBQ Month champion in style.
  • Host a BBQ Potluck: A BBQ potluck fosters camaraderie and culinary creativity. Invite guests to share their favorite dishes and indulge in various flavors.
  • Build Your Own Burger Party: Embrace the versatility of BBQ by hosting a burger bash, offering an array of tempting toppings and homemade BBQ sauces to delight every palate.
  • Get Your Game On Whether indulging in wild game delicacies or enjoying outdoor games with loved ones, embrace the spirit of National BBQ Month with laughter and leisure.
  • BBQ Joint Hop: Embark on a flavorful journey by exploring local BBQ joints, savoring each establishment's unique take on this beloved culinary tradition.
  • Surf and Turf: Expand your BBQ horizons by incorporating seafood delights into your grill repertoire, elevating your celebration with a surf and turf extravaganza.
  • Grill Dessert: Conclude your BBQ festivities on a sweet note by grilling delectable desserts, from caramelized peaches to indulgent s'mores, igniting a symphony of flavors.


As National Barbecue Month unfolds, seize the opportunity to indulge in outdoor cooking with the iQ Sense wireless smart cooking thermometer. So fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and let the BBQ festivities begin!