A few years back, Sweet Man and I went to visit my childhood friend Tracy in Juneau, Alaska for her wedding. For the rehearsal dinner we were told that we would be having BBQ or maybe that we would go to a BBQ.
However when we got to said dinner, there we found Hot Dogs and Hamburgers. I don’t think I noticed or had thought much about the menu of this event, but my Southern born and bred country boy husband sure did. “Where’s the BBQ?” he asked, looking around the deck. And then it hit me. BBQ. This was not a BBQ as he understood it. This was a cookout. I was recently reminded of this little regional linguistic snafoo when I saw the commercials for Burger Kings Summer BBQ menu. Only one of their items would qualify as a BBQ dish here where we live. “Scandalous!” I thought. “False Advertising!” I hollered at the television screen. This confusion over what exactly BBQ means could no longer stand. I had to act. And quickly.
So, as a public service announcement I thought I would clarify some terms when it comes to outdoor cooking.
Exhibit A: The Cookout
Hot dogs and hamburgers. The occasional kielbasa.
Low budget, kid friendly, little to no prep work.
By the far the easiest option.
Exhibit B: Grilling
Steak, Shrimp, Chicken, Veggies and Fruit
Whole or kabob style.
May involve a light marinade or seasoning.
More prep work, more expensive cuts of meat.
My personal favorite.
Exhibit C: BBQ
Pork, Beef, Chicken
Coleslaw is a condiment
Most often served as ribs or “pulled” sandwich style.
Sauce and fat are essential
Slow cooked in a smoker (authentic) or slow cooker (cheating.)
(Click pictures to find source)
So there you have it. A cook-out, grilling and bbq. Not the same things at all, right?
Or maybe that’s just how I see it….