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Celebrate National BBQ Month at Smokey Mo’s

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Celebrate National BBQ Month at Smokey Mo’s

Ever since its discovery in 15th century America, BBQ has evolved to be part of our national culture. May is National BBQ Month, but it’s always a good time to celebrate BBQ’s rich heritage with a visit to Smokey Mo’s!

How Did It All Get Started?                                                    

As legend has it, around the time of Spanish colonization, native people living in the Caribbean and Florida slow-cooked meat over pits of glowing wood coals. Spaniards called this cooking method barbacoa, or “barbecue,” in English.

By the time of the American Revolution, barbecue was a social ritual. Our nation’s founding father, George Washington, once wrote in a diary, “Gone to a barbecue. Back in three days.”

How Does BBQ Differ From Region to Region?

Different strokes for different folks! Over time, BBQ has developed into four basic styles:

  • In North Carolina, barbecue revolves around fire-roasted pork. The meat is typically chopped up and mixed with a vinegar-based sauce, heavy on the spices.
  • In Tennessee, it’s all about pork ribs. Wet ribs are slathered with barbecue sauce before and after cooking, and dry ribs are seasoned with a dry rub. Memphis is known for its pulled pork sandwiches, topped with BBQ sauce, pickles, and coleslaw.
  • In Kansas, barbecue uses a wide variety of meat, from pork and beef to chicken and fish. All are cooked slow and low and bathed in a thick, sweet molasses-and-tomato sauce. The Kansas City signature dish is “burnt ends” – fatty, caramelized hunks of brisket, double smoked.
  • In Texas, meat is king and sauce is secondary. The most iconic tradition of Texas BBQ is Central Texas-style BBQ, originating in the German and Czech meat markets of the 19th century. Brisket is by far the favorite cut in Central Texas, followed by sausage.

Be sure to check out our Guide to Texas BBQ for a deep dive into the popular barbecue styles found throughout our great state!

Celebrate BBQ Year-Round at Smokey Mo’s!

Get in the spirit of the BBQ season at Smokey Mo’s. Visit one of our 16 family-friendly central Texas restaurants. With a  medley of meats from tender brisket to juicy chicken, a mix of savory sides, and desserts to fit any taste bud. Dine-in, takeout, or order delivery online.

Whether you’re celebrating National BBQ Month or are looking for tasty Texas BBQ year-round, Smokey Mo’s BBQ has got you covered. We’ll see you soon!