National Barbecue Month Showcasing Competitive Cook-Offs and Portable Grilling

It’s National Barbecue Month and that means the entire country should be getting ready to fire up their grills and start cooking up some of that delicious BBQ! There are four main styles of BBQ, including Memphis, Carolina, Kansas City, and Texas.

In 2016, the global food and agricultural industry contributed to roughly 10% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), beef, specially, is one of America’s most produced products, with more than 913,000 farms across the country with cattle and cables (Texas being the largest). Last year alone, we saw approximately 26 billion pounds of beef produced, per the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Now that the weather is finally beautiful out, no matter what style of BBQ you’re cooking up, you, your friends, and your family are surely going to love enjoying some delicious meats together. This year’s National Barbecue Month is filled with all kinds of exciting stories, including some exciting cook-offs and an innovative and new portable BBQ approach.

According to My Central Jersey, Alyson Lupinetti,of Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ, became the first female pit master to win the juried rib cook-off and “Best Ribs” at least year’s with annual Rock, Ribs, and Ridges festival at Sussex County Fairgrounds.

Lupinetti is only 25 years old and plans on defending her title this year with some fantastic BBQ and tasty ribs.

“We love Rock, Ribs and Ridges, it’s so nice to be able to compete close to home,” said Lupinetti, who utilizes North Carolina-style smoked roadhouse BBQ.

Last year’s grilling champion even offered some grilling tips to improve the quality of BBQ:

  • Purchase the good stuff — Since quality meat isn’t cheap (and cheap meat isn’t all that good), it’s best to shell out a few extra bucks for the good stuff.
  • Prior to smoking the ribs, get rid of the membrane — The membrane on the back of the rack of ribs should be removed prior to smoking. Lupinetti recommends using a knife to start the separation and then peel off the rest of the membrane using a towel.
  • Rub the meat side of the ribs with your favorite seasoning — Don’t just use a boring rub, make your BBQ your own with your personal favorite seasoning rub. Additionally, after you apply your sauce, move your racks of ribs onto a grill and keep that fire burning as hot as possible.

Though Lupinetti, additional competitors, and the millions of grillers across the United States are completely contempt with grilling in traditional ways, thanks to Knister Grill, eccentric grillers will actually be able to turn a bike into a rolling BBQ.

According to Digital Trends, the Knister Grill is a handlebar-mounted BBQ that allows a rider to easily transport grill, food, charcoal, and utensils by bike.

“There are [already] small, high-end camping products and transportable barbecues on the market,” said Carolin Kunert, creator of the Knister Grill. “We don’t exactly compete with them. We offer a lifestyle product, where the spontaneous ‘barbecue-with-friends’ is the most important thing.”

Whether you’re grilling on-the-go, competing in a major competition, or just serving your family some tasty BBQ, enjoy this year’s National Barbecue Month!

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