Welcome To The Backyard BBQ Chefs favorite time of year. Spring. Why Spring? Because Spring leads to Summer. Summer leads to Fall. And that means you and I have about 6-8 months of great outdoor cooking ahead of us.
In order to not waste a moment, of this precious cooking time, I’ve found I need a rough schedule – a plan if you – will to guide me through the many opportunities that lay on the BBQ horizon.
Take some time over the next few weeks or weekends to map out a rough draft of your biggest outdoor cooking events. Then stock the garage, Tuff Shed and frig with everything you’re gonna need for the wonderfully long cooking/grilling/smoking season ahead.
Is all this a bit much? Yeah, maybe. But here’s some ideas or excuses you can call upon when you absolutely must make a fire and cook some meat over it.
*** Opening Day of Baseball Season
Mothers Day (we’ll use any excuse won’t we?)
Flag Day (another excuse – but a darn good one, IMHO!)
4th of July (This year July 4th falls on a Friday – that means a 3 day weekend of grilling and smoking. Pace yourself. This is hard work.)
Then we hit August and a bit of a dry spell with no major holidays until Labor Day. That means we need to get creative. Below are a few fringe holidays – but holidays that scream out for a Backyard BBQ party nonetheless.
Aug. 3rd. – Friendship Day – (This is what BBQ is all about, right?)
Aug. 7th – 10th PGA Championship Weekend
Aug. 10th – National S’mores Day (If you get the kids excited you’re home free for a Brisket before the S’mores.)
Aug. 14th. – VJ Day (Thank you Veterans! Without your heroism – none of this is possible.)
Aug. 15th – Relaxation Day (As in, “Relax Honey, I’ll throw on a few racks of ribs!”)
Aug. 25th – Kiss & Make Up Day. (It’s time to let go of your hurt from that time your spouse suggested the bottom of your WSM would make an excellent flower pot.)
Aug. 29th – More Herbs, Less Salt Day. (I see a new rub on the horizon. Don’t you?)
Aug 31st. – National Trail Mix Day. (The perfect snack to keep your energy levels up while you sit around and drink beer waiting for that pork butt to come up to 195*.)
Then there’s the start of Tailgating Season.
Labor Day Weekend.
NFL Kick-off Sunday
And the majesty that is Autumn. Colorful trees. The lawn stops growing. There’s a slight chill in the air that is the perfect time to fire up the grill. For heat purposes, of course.
And farther down the line – the ultimate food holiday – Thanksgiving.
Wow! I’m feeling a bit exhausted already. There’s a lot of cooking ahead. But, that’s what we live for. A fire, and a few racks of ribs on the smoker. Family and Friends around the picnic table. And the only real cuisine we can claim to be All-Amercian. Barbeque! And when you realize that firing up the grill or smoker is the most Patriotic thing you can do in a non-wartime era, we really don’t need an excuse at all. Do we?
Happy First Day of Spring, my friend!
** A pan of pulled pork I cooked up on my WSM March 19th, 2014. Tastes great!
*** Opening Day of Baseball Season is my “official” first day of Spring!