Happy Memorial Day as we celebrate the unofficial start to summer with summer-like temps

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The heat is on and this Memorial Day Weekend may only be the unofficial start of summer, but it feels more like the real thing. And nothing says summer more than beer, sweet tea and BBQ and Memorial Day is traditionally the kickoff to the summer cookout season. Saturday, the Wing Fling in Loganville will take advantage of the local love of BBQ to raise funds for some very beneficial local charities. That is good place to get in the s-“wing” of things for the long, hot, Memorial Day weekend.

Backyard BBQ. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel Walton Living Magazine

In the Spring-Summer issue of Walton Living Magazine, we featured some of the best-known Backyard BBQ kings and queens and learned about some of the latest trends from Ryan Lane, a BBQ king in his own right through his company of “heartfelt and handcrafted rubs and sauces,” Lane’s BBQ.

“Backyard BBQ is no joke and there is some incredible food being grilled/smoked right now! Everyone I know really takes pride in what they are cooking and sharing with friends and family,” Lane told Walton Living Magazine. “Instagram has been huge for this market as well!  It’s not just about making it taste great anymore… it has got to look killer too!”

And while people may still grill, Lane said smoking is what’s hot right now.

“In my world, smoking is the king!  Everyone is looking to perfect the art of smoking huge cuts of meat, such as brisket, beef ribs, pork butts, turkeys and pork ribs,” Lane said. “And let’s not forget smoked chicken wings! Most grills these days can do both smoking and grilling which is a huge plus! I know our Instagram feed has tons of pics every weekend of some mouth-watering cuts of meat!”

With the record heat expected this weekend, backyard BBQs are not the only thing likely to be sizzling. Remember to stay hydrated and don’t forget the reason we have a Memorial Day weekend. The Ride for America leaves from American Legion Post 233 in Loganville at 9:30 a.m. on Memorial Day and festivities are planned for the rest of the Day. Lining the road to thank our Veterans is a good way to let them know how much we appreciate their service and honor those who gave all for us and our country.

Happy Memorial Day!

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