BBQ recipes remain popular year-round. But, with summertime on the way, barbecue season is extremely hot. Home cooks are ready to rev up their grills and cook up an assortment of grilled fare for family dinners, backyard parties or potluck shindigs.

Those who don't want to stand in front of a fiery grill can plan to visit a variety of local eateries which specialize in barbecue. The following is merely a sample of what's available in the area.

(By Kale Wilk and Eloise Marie Valadez)