For Memorial Day we pull our grills, big and small, out of dusty garage corners or basement shelves or forgotten corners of the lawn, shake out their covers, scrape off their grates, and refill gas tanks and charcoal piles. So launches the glory that is grilling season.
In some parts of the U.S., BBQ means something particular. In the northeast, we tend to say BBQ whenever a grill is involved, or a group of folks getting together to eat said grillables, and particularly if there's a chance some smoky sweet sauce is going to make its way to the table. And we think that's probably all right. BBQ is as BBQ does.
Whether you are a master smoker, churning out pork butts and homemade smoked cheddar at the low-and-slow requirement, or a casual griller with a pack of hot dogs and veggie burgers always handy in the fridge, there's no wrong way to do it.
And whether we're talking grilling out or BBQing, we envision the whole shebang.
There's more to the experience than the one protein you pop on the grill. Yes, smoked ribs, grilled veggie pizza, chicken kabobs; but don't forget the perfect pasta salad, coleslaw, beans, grilled corn dishes, greens, The Best Pimento Cheese Spread, icebox cake, yogurt pops, and everything else in between. There is a veritable flavor party waiting to celebrate on your tastebuds. Invite them in, give them a side of your favorite sauce, and enjoy the season.