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Barbecued hickory-smoked, baby-back pork ribs
A barrel-shaped barbecue on a trailer at a block party in Kansas City. Pans on the top shelf hold hamburgers and hot dogs that were grilled earlier when the coals were hot. The lower grill is now being used to cook pork ribs and "drunken chicken" slowly

Barbecue (also barbeque, BBQ and barby/barbies) is both a cooking method and an apparatus. The generally accepted differences between barbecuing and grilling are the cooking times and the types of heat used. Grilling is generally done quickly over moderate-to-high direct heat with little smoke, while barbecuing is done slowly over low indirect heat and the food is flavored by the smoking process.

The word barbecue, when used as a noun, can refer to the cooking method, the meat cooked in this way, or to the cooking apparatus itself (the "barbecue grill" or simply "barbecue"). Used as an adjective, barbecued refers to foods cooked by this method. The term is also used as a verb for the act of cooking food in this manner. Barbecuing is usually done in an outdoor environment by smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Restaurant barbecue may be cooked in large brick or metal ovens specifically designed for that purpose. Barbecuing has numerous regional variations and is practiced around many different areas of the world.

Barbecue sections
Intro   Etymology    Styles    Events and gatherings    Techniques    Other uses    See also    References    External links   

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