First, What is Barbecue? Garry's BBQ Pit says, "Many people misuse the term barbecue. It has come to be applied to anything cooked on a grill, or even in the oven if a spicy tomato based sauce is applied. Barbecue is not a dish, or a cooking device, it is a method of cooking.
There is a distinct difference between grilling and barbecueing, however. Grilling is done over the direct heat of a fire. The object is to sear the outside and concentrate the juices on the inside. The grilled flavor is caused by the searing, or browning, of the outside of the food. The process is similar to that which forms the brown crust on a loaf of baked bread. Grilling is a healthful method of cooking because additional oils or fats are seldom used, and as the food cooks the fat renders out and drips through the cooking grate.
Barbecue on the other hand is the process of cooking meat at low temperatures for long periods of time. The best definition I have seen comes from Chris Schlesinger, owner and chef of The East Coast Grill restaurant in Cambridge, MA."*
Also check out A Southern Cultural Icon By Laura Dove - "When travelling through the South, your best bet for authentic and carefully prepared Southern cuisine is any of the many barbecue restaurants that dot the landscape. Don't be fooled by the casual atmosphere in most of these barbecue joints; these are the places where the legacy of Southern food is vigilantly protected. In the Southern United States, barbecue is a cherished cultural icon. In other areas of America, "barbecue" is a verb-- Northerners barbecue food on the backyard grill. In the South, however, barbecue is most definitely a noun. A barbecue is a gathering of food aficionados who appreciate the aroma of roasted meat that has been painstakingly smoked for several hours. Barbecue itself is chopped, sliced, or pulled meat liberally doused with a variety of (closely guarded) sauces. This meat is usually pork, unless you are in Texas or some parts of Kentucky (where barbecue means beef or mutton). Most Southerners take their barbecue very seriously, refining methods of preparation and fiercely defending the preeminence of their favorite sauce recipes. There are few things in the South more universally revered than good barbecue, and deconstructing barbecue is a study in the culture of the South."*
Second, What's the Difference Between Barbecuing and Grilling? 3 Men has a great explanation of the difference between the two methods of cooking.
Third, How Do I Learn How to Barbecue? Check out the Barbecue University. ;-) In May, 2003, Raichlen's TV show, Barbecue University with Steven Raichlen, debuts on Public Television. Filmed on location at Raichlen's Barbecue University at the luxurious Greenbrier resort in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, the 13 part series is the first show ever to focus on the techniques of barbecuing and grilling. The show covers everything, from all time favorites, like Kansas City-style ribs and Texas brisket, to envelop-pushing dishes that include grilled gazpacho, grilled pizza, and even smoke-roasted pears.*
Barbecues & Grilling Guide by Derrick Riches at About.com - Derrick Riches is a freelance technical writer, industry consultant and avid backyard chef. Derrick has served as About's guide to Barbecue and Grilling for well over a decade and in which time he has traveled far and wide to taste and talk backyard cooking. Over the years Derrick has cooked on hundreds of grills, smokers and pretty much anything else you can fire up on the patio.* 10/01/2009
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