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So, your favorite grilly recipy? Coal, gas, wood or reactive thorium? Mead or liqor? Marinated in weed and mescal?
Grilling Facts and Trivia: 14 Things You May Not Know About Barbecue
The first barbecuers may well have been prehistoric cavemen. Anthropologists say they may have started roasting meat some 1.4 million years ago.Language development didn't occur until 200,000 B.C. or later.Other sources say this originated in the Caribbean where the native Indians used wood gratings over a slow fire to cook strips of meat.
3 out of 4 American households own a grill and they use it on average of 5 times per month.
The word "barbecue" may have come from the French phrase "barbe a queue" (from whiskers to tail-The term refers to the original method in which a whole animal was cooked on a spit over an open fire), or the Taino Indian word for their method of cooking fish over a pit of coals (barbacoa). Another source says that roast mutton in Romanian translates into "barbec." So there are several accounts that vary on the true origins of the word. Barbecue is also known as "Barbeque", "barbicue", "barbique", "Bar-B-Cue", "Bar-B-Que", "Bar-B-Q", "BBQ", "Cue", and "Q".
According to a 2008 poll by the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association:
8 out of 10 households own a barbecue grill or smoker 58% of those households grill year round 45% use their grills 1 to 2 times per week during the peak grilling season from May to September.
Guess I’m one of the outliers, since I grill year round and 2 to 5 times per week during the peak.
For those of you in those colder climates don’t worry, May, National Barbecue Whenever, is just around the corner.
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