LIFE Fires Up the Barbecue

Backyard barbecue, 1953.
Gordon Parks—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Backyard barbecue, 1953.
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If there’s one consolation during the scorching, often unbearably humid days of summer, it’s the prospect of being outdoors with friends and family, swapping stories and enjoying a cold beverage as a huge variety of food cooks on a nearby grill, filling the air with the mouthwatering aroma of a good old-fashioned barbecue.

Here, as the summer of 2013 kicks into gear, LIFE.com offers up a selection of photographs celebrating one of the season’s time-honored traditions: the picnic and barbecue, or barbeque, or BBQ. However you spell it, it still translates as “delicious.”

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