Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis says good food is just part of what you need to have a great cookout. Lewis will fire up the barbecue, but he has much more on tap for his guests.
"I have massage therapists there," Lewis said. "I have hookahs there. You have to have more stuff there than just the barbecue because people get bored of just eating. I got the DJ there. I do barbecues the right way."
According to Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, the right way means serving quality mac and cheese.
"You're going to get your ribs, you're going to get your sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, yada, yada, yada," Jordan said. "But it's always important to see who's making the best mac and cheese. Some people just make noodles and cheese. Some people throw some spices in it. Really if you set the tone with the mac and cheese, then I trust your barbecue. If it's just bland cheesy noodles, I may not be there for long."
Here are some more opinions from athletes, including Chargers cornerback Antonion Cromartie, Blazers guard Damian Lillard of the Blazers, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, NHRA racer Courtney Force and former boxing champ Laila Ali, on their barbecue favorites: