The History of BBQ

Barbecue and Grilling

Barbecue and Grilling

This complete Barbecue and Grilling Web Guide offers everything from tips on grilling hotdogs and burgers to recipes for barbecued turkey. Learn how to select and set up a grill, how to choose the best cut of meat and where to find tips on making the best marinade. You'll also get an introduction to BBQ distinctions by region and find a whole mess of recipes for BBQ rubs and sauces. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

BBQ Recipes

Get ready for the really juicy part of barbecuing: marinating the meat. The following resources ... read more »

BBQ and Grilling Tips

Cooking over open heat is one of the most straightforward methods of preparing food. But great ... read more »

Barbecue Meat

Make the most of your grill by making the most of your barbecue meat. These sites ... read more »

BBQ Grills

These days, most people barbecue on charcoal, gas or electric grills and smokers. Unless you plan ... read more »

The History of BBQ

Before you assume barbecue means squirting red sauce out of a bottle and onto a rack of ribs, have a look at these resources detailing the history of barbecue in America. The modern culture of barbecue evolved from the Southern preference for pork; in the 19th century, barbecue was the main attraction at church picnics and at rallies for eager politicians who courted voters by roasting meat in a pit.  

Insights for the History of BBQ

  • Although this Web guide covers both barbecue and grilling, the two are not necessarily synonymous. You’ll find overlapping discussions on tools, cuts of meat and cooking techniques, but a rough distinction is that barbecue is a means of preparing meat, while grilling is primarily a cooking method. 
  • For a look at barbecue and grilling styles across America, try “BBQ USA: 425 Fiery Recipes from All Across America” by Steven Raichlen. The book offers recipes, photos and grilling instructions collected from Raichlen’s quest to discover the nuances of barbecue styles around the United States.

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