It seems like there’s an oddly specific “national holiday” every day of the week — including National Barbecue Day on July 4. But the mouthwatering, messy, tangy delicacy that is barbecue also gets an entire month of celebration in May, which just so happens to coincide with Memorial Day. That’s right — May is National Barbecue Month!

Kick off the season of barbecuing and all things outdoor dining by celebrating this oh-so important holiday. There are several ways to observe National Barbecue Month all month long.

How to Celebrate National Barbecue Month:

Clean Off Your Grill. Before you get it all fired up, make sure your grill is clean and ready for a summer of action. Check out these tips for properly cleaning your BBQ grill.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Dining Area. Power wash your outdoor furniture and patio or deck, and wash or wipe down any outdoor pillows or accessories. Then spruce up the area with a few new pieces, like string lights, pillows, rugs, lanterns or outdoor dishware, to bring your outdoor dining and lounging areas to life!

Try a New Barbecue Recipe. Try your hand at a new and exciting barbecue recipe to enjoy as a family or with friends. Featuring everything from peachy baby back ribs to barbecued beans, these barbecue recipes are sure to make your mouth water.

Host a Backyard Dinner. Now that you have a clean grill, an inviting outdoor space and some new barbecue dishes under your belt, it’s time to invite a few friends over for a backyard dinner. You can even lighten the load by asking each guest to bring a side!

 

Here are some local BBQ favorites along the Space Coast!

Double D's BBQ - Rockledge, FL

Crydermans BBQ - Cocoa, FL

Slow N Low BBQ - Viera, FL & Cocoa Beach

Charlie and Jakes BBQ - Indialan Harbour Beach & Suntree 

Dig Dogs BBQ - Grant-Valkaria, FL

Rib City - Grant-Valkaria, FL

 

Do you have a favorite BBQ place along the Space Coast?