BBQ season lasts 12 months of the year for me. Rain, snow, sleet and ice can't keep me away from my passion. But there's something about May. During the month of May, I tend to fire up the smoker more often than any other month of the year. The sun finally starts to show itself and the gray drizzle-days of winter begin to fade. The days are longer, the grass is greener, and there's lots of leaves on the big oak trees to create a cool shade to relax in. When I look out the window and see all that, I just can't wait to get outside and light a oak-fueled fire. Yes, May is National BBQ Month indeed.
What I love most about BBQ is that it isn't just about the food. It's about community. BBQ is supposed to be shared. Today, I cooked-up some chicken legs and pork shoulder and enjoyed it with a bunch of great people. Lounging around in the shade eating slow-cooked chicken and pulled pork sandwiches while the kids play -- to me, that's what BBQ is all about.
So what are you doing to celebrate National BBQ Month? I hope you've already cleaned up your outdoor cooking equipment and have been actively participating in the festivities. If you haven't, now's the time. Fire up that grill or smoker. Dust off your super-secret rib-rub recipe and put it to work. Get that chicken perched on a can of beer. Or maybe you're the kind of foodie that likes to celebrate by having someone else do the cooking.
Whatever the case, I want to hear from you. What's cooking on your back patio and how are you cooking it? Are you grilling or smoking? Do you use gas, charcoal or wood? If you're going out, where are you going and what's on the menu?
I'm already thinking about celebrating big again next weekend, and I'm pretty sure smoked salmon is in my future.