National BBQ Week

While there are any number of “National (insert food here) Day” throughout the year, there are some dishes that are so iconic, they deserve a whole week. Don’t get me wrong, I’m here to celebrate every National Food Day there is, but there are a few that deserve more than one day. Today we are talking about BBQ, more specifically, National BBQ Week. This year National BBQ Week takes place from May 27 to June 2. A week where we celebrate all things BBQ.

National BBQ WeekThe word ‘Barbecue’ comes from the Caribbean Indian tribe Taino, and it refers to the method of grilling meat on a raised wooden grate. From around the early 1500s when the word first appeared in print in a Spanish explorer’s account to this day, this method of cooking meat has been incredibly popular, and it has become synonymous with summertime activities.

So where can you celebrate BBQ throughout National BBQ Week? Let me share a few of our favorites.

Let’s start at Lane’s Oak’d BBQ. According to their website, “Our brisket is an art form all its own, infused withNational BBQ Week the vanilla-tinged flavor of Texas Post OAK smoke and cradled in a peppery bark.” But it’s not just about brisket at Oak’d, there is also their house Wagyu sausage link, smoked chicken, bacon-wrapped and brisket-stuffed jalapeños, beef ribs and so much more! Check out their website for the full menu, www.oakdbbq.com

National BBQ WeekAnother legendary BBQ place right here in Addison is Cattleack BBQ. Cattleack is only open Wednesday to Friday and the 1st Saturday of every month, so you must plan accordingly. Also, the line can get long because that’s how amazing the BBQ is here. Ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and sausage are just some of the delicious items on the menu. www.cattleackbbq.com

Just landed at Addison Airport after a business trip? Walk across the street to Austin’s Bar B Que for some Texas BBQ to help welcome you home. ThisNational BBQ Week family-owned authentic Texas BBQ restaurant with over 30 years of experience serving delicious food is always ready to serve you. Brisket, pulled pork, turkey, sausage and smoked meatloaf are some of the delicious options at Austin’s. Oh, and don’t forget the sides, they have a ton of them! www.austinsbbqaddison.com

Finally, if you are a DIY type of person, let me share one of my personal brisket rubs. This one might be a bit out of the ordinary for some, but as a coffee lover, I found a version of a coffee rub and then made it my own. For starters, I love Café La Llave, so make sure you have it handy. For a 10-pound brisket you will need (you may make a little extra so you can be sure the entire brisket is covered):

¼ cup of Café La Llave coffee

1/3 cup of brown sugar

½ cup of freshly ground pepper

½ cup of kosher salt

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

Mix all the ingredients together, apply it to the entire brisket and make sure it’s all covered. For a 10 lb. brisket, you can plan on smoking it for about 12-13 hours at about 225ºF. That delicious brisket will be done once the internal temperature reaches around 203ºF.

I can’t wait to Celebrate National BBQ Week this year with all the delicious BBQ I can get my hands on!

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