The History Of Barbecuing

s Burgers But, while we can a ll lay claim to the barbecue to a certain extent , there are few people who ve seen their president or prime minister getting t o grips with a chicken wing or pork sausage.
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  The History of Barbecuing Barbecuing is a global phenomenon but where did it all begin..? Woah Cowboy!  Some say barbecues really began in the late 1800s when the Wild West ’s cowboyschowed down on rough cuts of meat while on cattle drives. Cuts so tough that only aconsiderable amount of tenderizing would allow for the meat to be chewed andswallowed successfully. Chewy, tough briskets would take more than five hours totenderize - a pretty long time for any dusty cowboy to wait for his well-earnedsupper.But, while the cowboys certainly enjoyed their slow-cooked meats,barbecuesgoway back before the time of swinging saloon doors and the OK Coral. So far back in fact, that it can’t have been long after rubbing a couple of sticks together and beingfaced with their first flames, that our ancestors discovered the joy of cooking meaton an open fire. Back to Barabicu The srcin of the word barbecue - or barbeque, BBQ  , Barbie, or braiia as it’s known in South Africa  – is not set in stone. But, the common consensus is that the word srcinates from ‘barabicu’, meaning ‘ sacred fire pit ’ . This word was used by the Tainopeople of the Caribbean and the Native American Timucua of Florida.This sacred fire pit was a hole in the ground covered with leaves, in which the peoplewould put their meat, set it alight and slow cook it.Another suggestion for the srcin of the word ‘ barbecue ’ was that it derived fromthe French barbe à queue , meaning beard to tail, after French visitors to theCaribbean saw a whole pig being roasted. This is now considered highly unlikely andsimply a case of words sounding alike. Pig Roasts and the Southern States  Whatever the exact srcins of the word, one thing is for sure,BBQs became big business, or should that be pig business? This was due in part to the pigs in thesouthern states of North America. These pigs were a readily available food and werelow maintenance, but were semi-wild and their meat was much tougher than ourmodern day, reared hogs. Barbecuing was a way of cooking the pigs and getting themost from the meat.With stringy pigs to be eaten, barbecues soon became the preferred way of feedinga large group of people and locals would gather together to eat the pigs. In the mid1800s plantation owners would hold large barbecuesand inthe nineteenth century, barbecues became popular at political rallies and church picnics, as well as at privateparties.There was no denying it - the Southern States loved their BBQs… and still do. As doesthe rest of the USA.  The World Wide BBQ   Despite being the epicentre of the barbecue, the USA doesn’t hold the monopoly. Citizens around the world enjoy feasting on food cooked over the heat of a fire. Andmany of these citizens will lay claim that it was their ancestors who invented thebarbecue. Though in truth, anyone with access to fire can claim it for themselves. Barbecues are a long and proud tradition. In Argentina the ‘gauchos’ who work thecattle on the Pampa plains eat asados - grilled meats - in the open air. In Argentina,Chile, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, barbecues are known as asados after thesemeat staples.In Greece, barbecues play an important role during the annual Easter celebrationswith spit roast lamb taking centre stage. Some are put on modern motorizedrotisseries but others are turned by hand for hours. Family and friendsare called onto take turns winding the arm and the barbecue is the centerpiece for a wonderful party.The Australians love their barbies so much that free or coin operated barbecues areavailable in many of their city parks  – which means they can, and they do, throwanother prawn on the barbie. All the President’ s Burgers  But, while we can all lay claim to the barbecue to a certain extent, there are fewpeople who can say they’ ve seen their president or prime minister getting to gripswith a chicken wing or pork sausage. Unlike the Americans.Barbeques have been a White House tradition for years. It was Lyndon B Johnsonwho first threw a BBQ there, dishing up barbecues ribs. In the 1970s Jimmy Carter and his wife gave a ‘pig pickin’ for 500 guests including many foreign dignitaries, many of wh om probably didn’t know their rib s from theirsausages. And ex cowboy actor and later president Ronald Reagan often invitedguests to his ranch for a barbecue feast.George H Bush loved to hold an annual barbecue for the Members of Congress andhis son, George W Bush, continued the tradition when he later became president.This traditional BBQ  was halted on September 12 2001, the day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The barbecue was cancelledand the White House gave the 700 pounds of beef tenderloin that had been boughtfor the event to the hundreds of rescue workers who had come to Washington tohelp.
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