Celebrate National BBQ Month

close up of pork ribs covered in bbq sauce on grillDid you know that May is National BBQ Month? That’s right! Since 1963, the month of May has officially served as primetime to fire up the grill, cook your favorite meats and veggies, then slather on some savory sauce. If you’re craving BBQ, try out these recipes from around the country, or celebrate by ordering from your favorite BBQ joint in Ayden!

Pulled-Pork Sandwich

North Carolina is considered the BBQ capital of the U.S., and for many locals and visitors alike, one bite of the classic pulled-pork sandwich is enough to verify that claim. The pork for this dish is usually shoulder, and it must be scored with a knife before being dry-rubbed and salted. The meat can take up to eight hours of slow cooking over coals, but it’s well worth the wait. When the pork is ready to be shredded with forks, all you’ll need is buns, coleslaw, and your favorite sauce.

Memphis Ribs

Fall-off-the-bone tender pork ribs are a staple of Memphis BBQ joints, and they’re fairly easy to make at home if you have some time. As a dry-rub dish, the seasonings are key, and many cooks rely on a combination of paprika and cayenne for heat, garlic and onion powder, pepper, and herbs like oregano. Once seasoned, the ribs will need to go on the grill for a few hours, but keep some distance between the meat and the heat source.

Chicken in Alabama White Sauce

Alabama’s unique contribution to the BBQ landscape is tangy, lightly spiced white sauce. This mayo-based sauce is the perfect complement over grilled chicken, and the original recipes call for the bird to dip into a brine before being rubbed down with seasonings. Poultry doesn’t need the slow cooking that helps break down hearty pork and beef, so you can grill it without setting aside the whole afternoon. To coat the chicken, the white sauce usually consists of mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and vinegar, while some cooks like to add other strong flavors like horseradish.

Order Out

If you ever need to take a break from cooking, consider picking up something from one of the many fine BBQ restaurants around Ayden. North Carolina knows BBQ, and you don’t have to travel far to find something good. Consider calling up an order from a local restaurant like Skylight Inn BBQ, Bum’s Restaurant, or any of the others around our community.

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