Memorial Weekend has passed and summer is now officially upon us at Deep Creek Lake. With summer comes one word that is on everyone’s mind at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations: BBQ! Whether it’s enjoying delicious food at one of our local BBQ restaurants or grilling lakeside at your vacation rental, summers at Deep Creek are all about enjoying life on the lake with friends and family, along with cocktails and some great grilled food.

Our favorite Deep Creek BBQ restaurant, is Archie’s Barbeque in McHenry, MD, hands down. This family owned and operated restaurant has been dishing up some of the best pulled pork, beef brisket, and baby back ribs around since 2007. For those with a serious BBQ appetite, Archie’s is home to the Mountain Man Food Challenge. Anyone that can take down baby back ribs, a half BBQ chicken, an Archie deluxe sandwich, 4 pieces of cornbread, a small hot side, a small cold side, and a 16 oz soft drink ($50 value) in 1 hour gets the meal for free and plenty of bragging rights!

Diners can relax in the Archie’s dining room or choose to sit under the umbrellas outside – bonus, the outdoor seating is pet friendly! Or call ahead and take a BBQ feast to go from Archie’s Drive Thru. Archie’s also has a mobile smoker, perfect for weddings, reunions, and other private events.

For those that prefer to barbecue from the comforts of home, all of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations’ house rentalscome equipped with gas or charcoal grills. Local grocery stores, including the Deep Creek Shop ‘N Save, Arrowhead Market, and Walmart Supercenter, can supply all of your grilling needs, from fresh meat to local produce, condiments, buns, and snacks. All of the kitchens in Railey’s Deep Creek vacation rentals come equipped with everything you’ll need to grill and cook at home. There’s nothing better than enjoying a day out on the lake and then firing up the grill for an outdoor lunch or sunset dinner. With the beautiful weather the summers bring to Deep Creek Lake, why not spend as much time as possible outdoors? We know that we’ll be grilling and chilling this summer, and we hope you will as well!