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SatMar 1

National Dadgum That's Good Day – March 1, 2025

National Dadgum That’s Good Day, annually observed on March 1 is dedicated to sharing delicious meals and connecting with family.  Of course, you’ll agree, there’s nothing quite like a home-cooked meal and belly laughs with the family. “Dadgum, That’s Good”, from the Southern U.S. is more than just a phrase. It’s a mantra to connect through delicious meals and stories. It is also the title of John McLemore’s best-selling cookbook series. National Dadgum That’s Good Day, the brainchild of Masterbuilt Manufacturing LLC, owned by McLemore and his family, kicked off in 2015.

History of National Dadgum That's Good Day

Man loves to eat. The art of cooking for the family has been around for centuries. Eating together brings warmth, solace, and strengthened ties.  It brings an opportunity to build better relationships and enjoy laughter.  It also brings the amazing benefit of helping keep family recipes alive. 

National Dadgum That’s Good Day origins go way back, dating decades following the McLemore family’s love for cooking. Since 1973, the McLemore family empire, Masterbuilt, Columbus, Georgia, a subsidiary of Outdoor Leisure Products, Inc., which produces cooking equipment such as fryers, smokers, and grills has blessed homes with cooking products and remarkable recipes. Masterbuilt company was started by John McLemore’s father, Dawson, together with him. In 2015, they created National Dadgum That’s Good Day, which aims to remind us about the importance of good food and family love. #NationalDadgumThatsGoodDay has been observed since 2016.

Through John McLemore’s best-selling cookbook series, he impressively presents his whole life experiences; love, passion for food, and more than 125 professionally-tested smoking, grilling, frying, boiling, and steaming recipes. These include 16 of McLemore’s signature recipes using his top-notch Masterbuilt cooking product. McLemore also hosts a television cook show where he showcases and teaches different recipes. Masterbuilt encourages eating home-cooked “Dadgum good” meals together with family surrounded by love, building sweet memories. Life may bring different things our way, but it’s up to us to see the rainbow amid the clouds. Make awesome memories together with your family.

National Dadgum That's Good Day timeline

The 1700s
Shift Eating

Families eat separately, setting up in the hallway, outside, or where food is being prepared.

18th Century
Dinnertime Emerges

American families gather together at the table for dinner.

19th Century
Dinner Focus

Dinner becomes the main meal and is highly regarded as important for families to gather for dinner.

The 1960s
Cooking Is No Longer A Woman's Responsibility

With the demands of the fast-paced industrial world, cooking is no longer relegated to women only.

Seeds of Masterbuilt

The dream starts in a backyard in 1973, with Dawson McLemore and his family building.

National Dadgum That's Good Day

John McLemore, together with his father, Dawson launch the family traditional celebration of eating together and creating memories.

National Dadgum That's Good Day FAQs

What does ‘dadgum’ mean?

Dadgum is originally a light curse word to display mild feelings of annoyance.  It is either an adverb or adjective, but never a noun.  

Why does Sarah Parker use the word ‘dadgum’?

Parker’s tendency toward sarcasm and an unwillingness to curse cause her heavy use of the word ‘dadgum.’

Who is John McLemore?

McLemore is the co-owner and CEO of Masterbuilt Manufacturing, Inc. Masterbuilt makes indoor and outdoor cooking products and automotive accessories. John’s passion for sales began at the age of eight.

National Dadgum That's Good Day Activities

  1. Try out one of John McLemore's recipes

    Go on the Masterbuilt website and try out any recipe, or you could pick out any of his books — you're definitely in for a treat. Set the tone for an awesome timeout by doing it the McLemore way, and your family treat is guaranteed.

  2. Cook together with family

    Don't just try out a new recipe alone, try it with your family. Boost your family recipe with delicious new additions. After all, there's always room for good food.

  3. Say “Dadgum, that's good!”

    Today's the perfect day to say, “Dadgum, that's good!” after a delicious meal or whenever. Have fun with your family by saying it all day long, and don't forget to document it on social media #NationalDadgumThatsGoodDay #DadgumThatsGoodDay.

5 Awesome Facts About Food That Will Blow You Away

  1. World's most expensive dessert

    The specially prepared one-of-a-kind Sri Lankan treat, officially named ‘The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence,’ costs a whopping $14,500.

  2. 'Commensality' is the practice of eating together

    The term 'commensality' is the practice of eating at the same table, which fosters social relationships.

  3. World's biggest food festival

    Taste of Chicago clinches the title of the largest food festival in the world, hosting over three million visitors yearly.

  4. World's most expensive restaurant

    Sublimotion in Ibiza, Spain with a staggering cost of $2,380 per head for a 20-course tasting menu, is the world's most expensive restaurant.

  5. Expensive ingredient

    White truffle costs $3,000 to $5,000 per pound.

Why We Love National Dadgum That's Good Day

  1. It brings us together

    The day is dedicated to bringing families together. In these busy times, that can only be good.

  2. It helps us try new recipes

    We often get stuck in a rut with our cooking. Trying new recipes broadens our horizons and creativity.

  3. It’s a day to build traditions

    National Dadgum That's Good Day builds new traditions, and that can only be a good thing. Families these days need traditions to build bonds.

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