There are so many different methods of cooking out there: roasting, baking, smoking, barbecuing, grilling…The list could go on for days. Did you know that all of these methods can each mean something different? Let’s look at those we most use interchangeably: barbecuing and grilling. These are two very different terms; however, we use them in place of each other all the time.
According to outdoor cooking aficionados, grilling involves cooking on an actual grill where there is some kind of direct heat source involved. Grilling usually only takes a few minutes because the heat source is normally at a higher temperature to cook things like hamburgers and hotdogs. Usually lower temperatures are used to barbecue foods, typically on an indirect heat source. Barbecuing usually takes a few hours cooking the meat “low and slow” to render a tenderer and tastier cut of meat. Barbecuing is often used for larger cuts of meats like whole hogs, ribs, and chicken halves. And while most people who barbecue are very serious about their skills, everyone has their own secrets and beliefs of cooking the perfect ‘cue. Moreover, don’t forget that you can barbecue on a grill.
Now you are aware and utterly confused and realize that you have been using the wrong term for most of your life, go and have a barbecue and grill out with your friends by grilling some hotdogs and barbecuing some ribs. Practice makes perfect!