Skip to content

National Dadgum That’s Good Day is a unique celebration every year. It is a day that honors the simple but still profound joy of good food and great company. This day of celebration comes from a unique exclamation of satisfaction one utters when someone tastes something genuinely delightful. This day celebrates the moments that bring us together, the stories we share around the table, and the laughter that twinkles throughout our homes.

History of National Dadgum That’s Good Day

The roots of National Dadgum That’s Good Day stretch back to 2015. But its spirit is much older, woven into one inspiring family’s culinary traditions. The brainchild of John McLemore and his father, Dawson McLemore, this day was born out of a love for cooking and family. The McLemores, from Columbus, Georgia, were not just any family. They are the heart and soul behind Masterbuilt Manufacturing. This company manufactures high-quality cooking equipment, has graced countless homes, and has given families the means to create delicious meals.

The McLemore family’s journey in the culinary world began in 1973, marking the inception of Masterbuilt. Their passion for cooking was not just about the food but the stories, the bonding, and the traditions passed down through generations. National Dadgum That’s Good Day reflects these ethics. It is a day to remind us of the importance of gathering around the table, sharing a meal, and creating memories.

How to Celebrate National Dadgum That’s Good Day

Celebrating National Dadgum, That’s Good Day is all about embracing the joy of cooking and the warmth of family. Here are some tips and tricks to make the most of this delicious day:

Master the McLemore Recipe

What better way to celebrate than trying a recipe from John McLemore’s best-selling cookbook series? Whether it’s a smoky barbecue or a savory fry-up, pick a recipe and make it your own. Don’t forget to heartily exclaim, “Dadgum, that’s good!” with every successful taste test. Remember — you don’t need to use your indoor voice; you can shout it.

Host a Family Cook-Off

Gather your family and host a National Dadgum That’s Good Day cooking competition. Each member can prepare a dish, and everyone gets to vote on the “Dadgum Best Dish.” The key ingredient? A dash of fun and a sprinkle of laughter. Be sure to have a funny prize on hand to award the winner.

Storytelling Feast

As you enjoy your meal, share stories from the past. Let every family member tell all about their favorite family recipe or a funny kitchen mishap. National Dadgum That’s Good Day is all about building bonds and the joy of being together.

Cooking Class Day

If you’re feeling adventurous, enroll in a cooking class with your family or friends. Learn a new cuisine or cooking technique, and bring that knowledge back to your kitchen.

Social Media Shoutout

Share your celebration on social media with the hashtag #NationalDadgumThatsGoodDay. Post pictures of your culinary creations, your family feast, or even a video of that moment when everyone says, “Dadgum, that’s good!”

Host a Potluck with a Twist

Invite friends and family over for a National Dadgum That’s Good Day potluck. Each should bring a dish that has a remarkable story or memory attached to it. As you enjoy the friendly feast, each person can share the tale behind their dish, turning the gathering into a tapestry of culinary stories and delicious flavors. For a funny twist, you can tell each person to have a tall tale ready to tell — the more outrageous, the better.

Recreate a Family Heirloom Recipe

Dive into your family’s recipe book or call a relative to ask for that legendary recipe everyone talks about. Spend the day recreating this dish, honoring your family’s culinary heritage. It’s a great way to connect with your roots and pass on a piece of family history.

Organize a Neighborhood Food Exchange

Coordinate with your neighbors to have a food exchange. Each household prepares a signature dish and exchanges it with others in the neighborhood. This activity spreads the joy of good food and strengthens community bonds.

Dadgum Good Dessert Challenge

Focus on the sweeter things in life by hosting a dessert-making challenge. Participants can create their most extravagant or beloved desserts. The goal is to hear the “Dadgum, that’s good!” exclamation when everyone tastes each other’s creations.

Culinary Scavenger Hunt

Hold a National Dadgum That’s Good Day scavenger hunt. The participants will search for ingredients or dishes from local eateries or markets that fit specific fun and quirky criteria (e.g., an ingredient you’ve never used before, a dish that starts with the letter ‘D’). End the day by preparing a meal or sharing the collected dishes, celebrating the joy of discovery and good food.

Also on ...

View all holidays

International Wheelchair Day

Honoring the vitality of those who rely on wheelchairs, acknowledging resilience, and fostering inclusivity in communities.

National Welsh Corgi Day

These lively little furballs, with their short legs and big hearts, bring boundless joy and endless smiles to every household they grace.

View all holidays


Join the community!

Password requirements

  • At least one capital letter
  • At least one lowercase letter
  • At least one number
  • 8 or more characters

Welcome back!

Log in to get personalized recommendations, follow events and topics you love, and never miss a day again!