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National Barbecue Month – May 2023

If you can’t stand the heat, then heck, just embrace it. This May, celebrate National Barbecue Month in style and enjoy the culinary art that embraces the spirit of friends, family, and fun in the sun. With techniques including smoking, roasting, baking, braising and grilling, barbecuing offers endless possibilities to fire up your favorite dish and satisfy all as you kick off summer. Note: No one is really sure when barbecuing was first invented. It has evolved over time to become the more social event now common, however its origins are unknown.

National Barbecue Month timeline

1900s
United States embraced barbecuing

Barbecues become one of the main forms of public celebration — especially on July 4.

1756
The true meaning

Samuel Johnson's 1756 dictionary gave the following definition: "Barbecue — a hog dressed whole."

1526
"Barbecue" in print

Gonzalo Fernández De Oviedo y Valdés, a Spanish explorer, was the first to use the word "barbecoa" in print in Spain.

National Barbecue Month Activities

  1. Play tag

    Barbecueing is an all-inclusive activity. Need a break? Just grab the nearest observer, tag out for a breather and take your turn making a dent in the dinner spread.

  2. Try different dishes

    The traditional food typically associated with barbecueing is meat, but feel free to experiment with an assortment of vegetables and even desserts. Fried pineapple? Yes please!

  3. Ask about new recipes

    Like any other cooking technique, everyone has their own unique style of barbecueing. Allow yourself to be open to new ideas and methods, and you will almost certainly stumble upon a new favorite dish.

5 Sizzling Facts About Barbecueing

  1. Barbecueing can last a very, very long time

    Depending on what is getting cooked, barbecuing times can vary a great deal. Some slow barbecuing techniques can take as many as 18 hours or longer.

  2. Barbecues can be enormous

    The longest barbecue measured 8,000 meters in Bayambang, Pangasinan, Philippines in 2014.

  3. Barbecue style is regional

    Barbecue varies by region, with the four main styles named after their place of origin: Memphis, North Carolina, Kansas City, and Texas.

  4. “Barbecue” applies to other foods

    It doesn't just mean grilled meats. The term barbecue is also used to designate a flavor added to food items — think potato chips.

  5. It can be "barbeque" or "barbecue"

    There are few words in the English language that have more variations of spelling than barbecue. Some barbecue joints spell it with a French influence, as "barbeque." Technically speaking however, in English, it is officially spelled “barbecue”.

Why We Love National Barbecue Month

  1. It makes cooking an event

    Unlike inside parties, where you might hear “get out of my kitchen," barbecueing invites guests to participate in the cooking event. Onlookers gather to show their approval and admiration, and chefs get the pleasure of cooking with an audience.

  2. Barbecuing has flair

    Barbecueing flirts with each of the five senses — enticing hunger through seduction. Just thinking of the smell conjures up memories of the whole scene: the sun on your neck, classic rock in your ears, and delicious pulled pork on your taste buds.

  3. It embraces the elements

    While warm sun and a cool breeze are ideal conditions, barbecuing knows no limitations. No matter the weather, fire up the grill, and enjoy the great outdoors.

National Barbecue Month dates

YearDateDay
2022May 1Sunday
2023May 1Monday
2024May 1Wednesday
2025May 1Thursday
2026May 1Friday
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