also spelled barbeque, or BBQ is a method of cooking meat
with the heat and hot gasses of a fire, the application of
a vinegar-based sauce to meat, the end-result of cooking by
this method, or a party that includes such food. Barbecue
is usually cooked in an outdoor environment heated by the
smoke of wood, or charcoal. Restaurant barbecue may be cooked
in large brick or metal ovens specially designed for that
has numerous regional variations in many parts of the world.
Notably, in the South and Midwest of the U.S., practitioners
consider barbecue to include only relatively indirect methods
of cooking, with the more direct high-heat methods to be called
those that distinguish the terms, grilling is almost always
a fast process over high heat and barbecue is almost always
a slow process using indirect heat and/or hot smoke.
slower methods of cooking break down the collagen in meat
and tenderizes tougher cuts for easier eating. (adapted from