Grill or BBQ….America Decides

I know it’s a pretty lame attempt at election humor, but it is the first Tuesday in November after all.

Today I thought I’d take a shot at defining the difference between grilling and BBQ’ing.  Depending on where you are from, grilling and BBQ’ing are sometimes used interchangeably.  But that’s just plain wrong!  🙂

I kind of like the way Wikipedia differentiates between the two things.

Barbecue has numerous regional variations in many parts of the world. Notably, in the United States, practitioners consider barbecue to include only relatively indirect methods of cooking, with the more direct high-heat methods to be called grilling.

Now I consider myself a “practitioner” so for the purposes of this blog when I say BBQ (or barbecue or barbeque) I’ll be talking about a low, slow, and indirect method of cooking.  Grilling on the other hand tends to be hot, quick, and over direct heat.  If you stick around long enough, you’ll get plenty of both.  However, I do prefer BBQ over most things so that’s where we’ll spend most of our time.

As the Wikipedia reference indicates, there are regional variations.  So, I’ll leave you with an explanation of some of the variations on this wonderful thing we call BBQ.


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