Section 2
What is barbecue?

  1. What is barbecue?

    1. Our definition

      [Just what is barbecue?]

      Ed Pawlowski--

      There are many interpretations of the term 'barbecue' in the world. Some people use it to describe a social gathering and cooking outdoors. Others use it to describe grilling food. For our purpose here, we are using the term to describe meat, slow-cooked using wood smoke to add flavor. There is equipment designed just for this type of cooking.

      Barbecuing is not grilling. Grilling is cooking over direct heat, usually a hot fire for a shot time. Barbecuing is cooking by using indirect heat at low temperatures and long cooking times. It is the smoke from the wood gives barbecue its unique and delicious flavor.

    2. What is the "correct" way to spell it?

      [I've seen it spelled 'barbecue', 'barbeque', Bar-b-que, Bar-B-Que, 'BBQ'. 'Q', and 'Que'. Which way is correct?]

      Darned if we know. It tastes the same to us no matter how we spell it. For this FAQ, we will try to use the spelling: 'barbecue', from Mr. Webster's big book and the abbreviation 'BBQ'. We have left the word 'Barbeque' as is where it is in a title or URL location.

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