For National Barbecue Month, 11 Barbecue Recipes That Will Have You Feeling Totally Pumped For Summer

Summer is coming, but not nearly soon enough. Luckily, May is National Barbecue Month, and the best way to pretend summer is already here is through delicious summer-y dishes. Anything with barbecue sauce will delightfully confuse your tastebuds enough to transport your mind to a beach where you're holding a frozen blended drink and getting all tan. And for now, that illusion will have to hold you over. So in honor of National Barbecue Month, here are all the barbecue recipes that will make everything feel like summer.

Image: Half Baked Harvest

Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Shredded meat (of any kind) slathered in BBQ sauce is the epitome of summer food. It’s perfect for a sunny backyard BBQ, or for now, a spring-like day inside with just you in attendance.

Image and recipe: The Kitchn

Barbecue Tofu Sliders

For those Meatless Mondays!

Image and recipe: Climbing Grier Mountain

Barbecue Chicken Cobb Salad

Despite the heavy-ish BBQ chicken, this is a light, refreshing option with the same amount of sweet and tangy BBQ flavor.

Image and recipe: The Kitchn

Slow Cooker Barbecue Nachos

Nachos in spring. Nachos in summer. Nachos anytime of year are heaven drizzled in cheese.

Image and recipe: Pass the Sushi

Barbecue Chicken And Macaroni Salad

There’s no better pasta salad than the one that lists BBQ sauce on the ingredient list.

Image and recipe: The Kitchn

Barbecue Grilled Corn Jalapeño And Peach Quinoa Salad

It has grilled veggies, fruit, and quinoa. It’s basically a necessity for your health.

Image and recipe: Half Baked Harvest

Spicy Mesquite Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice baked = your belly will love me.

Image and recipe: A Spicy Perspective

Grilled Korean Barbecue Short Rib Dogs

Hot dogs are not the kind of food you should eat a lot of, but during summer (or when you want to pretend summer is here), there is no limit to the number of dogs you can eat.

Image and recipe: Half Baked Harvest

Grilled Mac And Cheese With Pulled Pork

Yes, this exists. Your eyes are not playing hopeful tricks on you.

Image and recipe: Pass the Sushi

Cajun Barbecue Cheddar Chicken Fingers

These chicken fingers have cheese. THESE CHICKEN FINGERS HAVE CHEESE.

Image and recipe: Half Baked Harvest

Buffalo Barbecue Ahi Tacos

If you want to fall in love with fish tacos (and who doesn’t?), these are the ones for you.

Image and recipe: A Spicy Perspective