The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and a faint scent of sizzling meat carries on the afternoon breeze: It must be grilling season. Forget about opening day; Memorial Day is the unofficial start to America’s true favorite pastime—tossing heaps of beef, chicken, and pork over open flame. There is no reason to break the bank while dishing out some of the best barbecue your neighborhood’s ever tasted. The trick? Hunting down deals and asking friends to chip in (this is, after all, a community event). Here’s everything you need to know to master the art of throwing a barbecue on a budget
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