If you’re in the right place at the right time, here’s how you can get free barbecue this summer.

Now through September 14, Kingsford is picking up a daily $5,000 tab at BBQ spots nationwide to encourage visitation at local businesses while states are still in various phases of coronavirus-related dining restrictions. Entitled the #togetherwithbarbecue initiative, the charcoal brand aims to bring attention to local pitmasters all over the country, helping them to maintain and develop a following during these difficult times the best way possible: free barbecue!

Read on about the campaign and where to get the free barbecue…

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‘Cue joints involved are not limited to just those spots in American barbecue’s spiritual home. (Insert spirited discussion here of whichever southern U.S. state or states you believe this entails.) Eighteen restaurants representing 15 different states each have a day in the coming weeks where the Kingsford tab is open. Southern states naturally represent a majority, but as barbecue has stretched its reach to all corners of the country, you’ll find representation in places like Los Angeles, BostonMarysville (Washington), and Lansing (Michigan). Click here for dates and locations, or see the full list below.

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Additionally, for those who are out of range of any of the participating barbecue spots, restaurants can also help draw attention to themselves by giving up some of their prized barbecue and sides recipes, catalogued on the Kingsford website as Famous Bites. While summer is still upon us, channel your inner pitmaster with recipes such as Bludso’s Bar & Que BBQ Chicken, Saddleback BBQ Baby Back Ribs, and Peg Leg Porker BBQ Smoked Green Beans, among many others.

This is the second iteration of the #togetherwithbarbecue initiative by Kingsford. Back in March, the brand identified 25 pitmasters for $10K grants to put to use to keep the lights—and the smoke—going. The value to the pitmasters and their communities was immeasurable. Cody Taylor, along with his partner Jiyeon Lee of Heirloom Market & BBQ of Atlanta were just two of many for whom the initiative was a literal life saver: Since the start of the pandemic, our restaurant has remained open and we didn’t need to cut anybody’s hours because of the huge support from our community, our staff’s hard work and Kingsford. We are deeply grateful.” For many the help went much further than just the opportunity to pay the bills those early weeks. Phil Moseley of Blue Oak BBQ in New Orleans also recalls the vibe in March: “We made so many people happy in an uncertain and scary time. We had thousands of people driving through with smiling faces even some who broke down in tears, it was a powerful thing.”

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Pamela Vachon is a freelance writer based in Astoria, NY whose work has also appeared on CNET, Cheese Professor, Alcohol Professor, and Diced. She is also a certified sommelier, voiceover artist, and an avid lover of all things pickled or fermented.
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