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About BBQ

In the United States, the term barbecue, also known by its alternate spelling, barbeque, has six commonly used abbreviations:

1)      BBQ

2)      Bar-B-Q

3)      Bar-B-Que

4)      Cue

5)      Que

6)      Q

Barbecues are not just popular in the U.S. Other parts of the world have their own term for barbecue. For example, a barbecue is referred to as a barbie in countries such as Australia, Great Britain, and New Zealand; whereas in South Africa, itís called a braai.

As a noun, the term barbecue has three different meanings:

1)     Barbecue refers to the actual pit or grilling apparatus on which meat is roasted over an open flame.

2)     Barbecue denotes a social event, which involves an outdoor feast consisting of grilled food, also known as a cookout.

3)     Barbecue stands for the grilled meat itself.  

As a verb, the term describes the act of preparing and cooking food in the method described above.

Finally, as an adjective, the term barbecue describes a type of flavor as in, for example, barbecue-flavored potato chips.

The word, barbecue, can be traced back to the native people of the Caribbean, who roasted meats over an open fire. From the natives, the Spaniards adopted the term barbacoa, which became translated into English as barbecue.

The art of barbecuing also has its roots in the Old West. After a long day on the range, cowboys would cook their meals over an open pit, often with mesquite.

In the U.S., barbecues are popular on special occasions (i.e. family reunions, birthdays, housewarmings, job promotions, retirements, etc.); sporting events (i.e. the Super Bowl); holidays, such as the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Motherís Day, Fatherís Day, Labor Day, Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for ďFifth of MayĒ); and special calendar dates (i.e. First Day of Spring, First Day of Summer, First Day of Autumn, etc. See INVITATIONS for a detailed list of holidays and special occasions).

In some parts of the U.S., where the weather is particularly exceptional, barbecues are popular not only during the spring and summer months, but all-year-round.

America loves to barbecue, and it shows! Each region of the U.S. has its own, unique style of barbequing. The ingredients used for barbecue spice rubs, sauces, and marinades vary from one area to another. Furthermore, the types of meats and foods that are barbecued also differ from region to region.

For example, the southwestern states are known for their spicy ingredients, tomato-based sauces, and beef as the main meat product. On the other hand, vinegar-based sauces, dry rubs, and pork are popular in the southern portion of the United States. In contrast, coastal states are famous for their hearty seafood barbecues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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