City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Countdown to barbecue season

IMG_1694-300x235In addition to being the unofficial kick-off to the beginning of summer, next weekend’s Memorial Day holiday marks the beginning of another very important time of year – Barbecue Season.

For many, myself included, Memorial Day acts as the opening bell for months of early Saturdays filled with slow roasting meat and hickory smoke, and smokers and Big Green Eggs across the city will get their official dust-off of 2013. Of course, at my house, The Egg is a year-round fixture, but this is the beginning of the high-season.

Me? I’m trying to justify to my wife that I need a special “big smoker” since she won’t let me build a permanent in-ground brick pit in the back yard. Because sometimes, especially if we are entertaining a large enough group, even a BGE won’t cut it. I mean, how else am I supposed to smoke another whole hog next weekend if she thinks the cinder-block pit I used last time was too much of an eye-sore? On a regular ole’ smoker?

Please…. I think I need one that I can ride like a cowboy.

So, shouldn’t BBQ season get kicked off in a grand style? I know that the more hardcore ‘Cue lovers are already making plans, and I’d love to hear them. So, BBQ freaks – How will you celebrate opening day for BBQ season next weekend?

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

15 comments Add your comment

berry steve

May 17th, 2013
8:21 am

Jon…….Tradition dictates that we do rib eyes and Country Gentlemen corn on the cob on the grill. Something new we will try is smoked meatloaf but not on Memorial Day.

new hire staffing

May 17th, 2013
8:36 am

Hi there! great stuff, Thanks for sharing a very interesting and informative content, it helps me a lot, keep it up!


May 17th, 2013
10:00 am

Jon, here’s what I’ll be firing up!


May 17th, 2013
11:09 am

You have to convince your wife that your pit won’t be an eyesore . Actually once you have her halfway convinced let her know how much a decent pit that you can cook a whole pig costs . I bet common ground is found : )

Anton Chigurh

May 17th, 2013
11:59 am

Every season is barbecue season. Don’t ever forget it.

Anton Chigurh

May 17th, 2013
12:02 pm

Also, ribeyes on the grill? Not barbecue.

Ned Ludd

May 17th, 2013
12:09 pm

Agreed—must be a typo–If you look at the picture he obviously meant pig eyes.
Love my Big Green Egg and it never goes out of season.

There's a grilling season?

May 17th, 2013
12:26 pm

I did not realize there is a grilling season. Every day is grilling season around my house. My husband has even successfully grilled in the rain. Oh how I love that grilling man o’mine.

Nick Johnson

May 17th, 2013
3:13 pm

BGE user here too. Grilling/BBQ season runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31.

Robin Ross

May 17th, 2013
3:24 pm

My husband just smoked some corn on the cob: peel down the husks but don’t remove all the way, strip out the silk, re-wrap, soak in cold water for 1 + hours, unwrap, dry off the kernels, rub the kernels with butter or olive oil, re-wrap, smoke for 1 + hours at 225 using whatever chips you want. Delicious!


May 17th, 2013
4:21 pm

I grill all year long but there is something special about a memorial day bbq… I’m thinking grilling tandoori chicken…

berry steve

May 18th, 2013
7:56 am

Anton, though you are technically right about grilling vs Bar-B-Que. Many, many folks never Bar-B-Que but use their grill 3-4 times a week. Were those folk prohibted from responing? Not everyone has the time to wait 6-18 hrs on their Bar-B-Que’ed food. Lighten up pal! You will appear smarter than you really are!

[...] Countdown to barbecue season [...]


May 19th, 2013
12:48 pm

If you really like to barbecue, I would suggest investing in a pellet smoker and a bluetooth thermometer. I got both this year and have enjoyed some amazing food!


May 22nd, 2013
4:59 pm

I’ll be celebrating with Grand Champion BBQ! Living in an apartment doesn’t lend to home BBQing, so I’m going for the best Q on my side of town.