Interesting Facts about Barbecue

Starting out as a Southern US tradition, barbecue has grown to be loved by millions all over the United States and the world. As soon as warm weather hits, the barbecue grills become the preferred way to eat almost any meal. While its soaring popularity is undoubtedly on the rise, most people don’t know any interesting details about barbecue. The following are interesting facts about barbecue that most people aren’t aware of.

  1. Even before the US Civil War, barbecue was a popular meal choice. It was originally used to describe the smoking of whole pigs or steers over open fires. People would gather from miles away just to taste the delicious barbecued meat. Not long after that, the trend spread to various areas of the United States and different ways to cook barbecue, along with different sauces, were developed.
  2. There is some doubt about the origin of the word barbecue. Some people believe it originated from ‘barbacoa’, an American-Indian word meaning wood. There are others who think that it came from French ‘de barbe a queue’ which simply means ‘whiskers to tail’.
  3. In order to create tender meat from inexpensive cuts of meat like beef brisket, good ole’ southern barbecue should be cooked over low heat for a long period of time. A lot of people aren’t patient with their barbecue and tend to cook their meats quickly over high heat; but that’s not the best way to cook tender barbecue. If you are cooking beef brisket, you need to cook it for 6-8 hours over low heat. The extra effort will pay off in the end.
  4. If you are using propane for your barbecue, save some money by using the same bathroom scales that you weigh yourself on to weigh your propane tank on and you will know exactly how much propane you have in your tank. This will help you figure out if you have enough gas to cook your barbecue with.
  5. The word “barbecue” is no match for a spelling bee. It can be written as “Barbeque,” “Barbicue,” “Barbique,” “Bar-B-Cue,” “Bar-B-Que,” “Bar-B-Q,” “BBQ,” “Cue,” and “Q.” The spelling changes depending on where you are from, what your preference is and how you grew up spelling it. But either way, all of the above are correct spellings.
  6. If you are using charcoal only in a grill, it’s very important to start heating up you grill early. You want to keep your fire low, especially if you are cooking large pieces of meat like Boston Butts or beef brisket. If you’re cooking beef brisket, start heating the charcoal in a metal canister so you can add more hot charcoal to your grill as needed.
  7. For best results, grill thickly sliced items like corn on the cob still in the husk. Try soaking your corn in water for one hour after you have taken all the silks off. Afterwards, you can lather your corn with butter for a delightfully tasty treat.
  8. Smoking, which is a term commonly used for barbecue recipes, was first used 6000 years ago. It was considered the safest (and tastiest) way to cook the meat.

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