A simple search for bbq grills brings up a seemingly endless array of items to choose from. There are countless brands, styles, add-ons, and tools that it is almost an impossible task to even look at all of them, let alone choose the one that will be the best for you. In this article, we’ll ignore all of that and instead learn a little about the fascinating history of barbecuing in the USA and in the world.
Barbecuing is definitely one of the most worldwide cooking styles; the food is cooked by applying heat from underneath, and the cooking equipment used ranges from a pit and a stick in the ground to a simple bbq unit to fancy products that take up half a backyard.
In the Americas, there was a people called the Arawak. They were the indigenous people of the West Indies whom Christopher Columbus met after his fateful voyage. The Arawak roasted their meat on a wooden structure, which was then called “barbacoa” in Spanish. It wasn’t for a few centuries later that the word came to also refer to the type of food cooked on the wooden framework. Now, the word barbecue also refers to the style of cooking that is found on every corner in the Southeastern United States. Many of the fiercely protected recipes from this area of the States require days of preparation, and you’d be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t at least call for an overnight marinade. Slow cooking is a key element, and the temperature will rarely, if ever, be above 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
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The charcoal BBQ has been in backyards and restaurants for quite a long time. It is an unbroken summertime tradition in the United States to light up some charcoal and grill a juicy piece of meat while the mouthwatering smell of the BBQ circulates around the household.
The charcoal BBQ tradition, as obvious as it seems, first showed up in the United States back in the 1950s. During such time, a long running advertisement campaign on television introduced charcoal BBQ to the American public. Thus, marking the beginning of the charcoal BBQ tradition as everyone knows it.
However, even before the introduction of the modern charcoal BBQ, people were already using charcoal to roast meat. It is believed that the first people to realize the concept of BBQ were the indigenous people at the Caribbean islands. It is said that they have cooked large pieces of meat over big pits filled up with smothering live coals. French and Spanish explorers and colonists borrowed such method of cooking meat from the islanders. It was then brought to the American continent, especially at the South before the Civil War. Charcoal BBQ became a part of American cooking tradition.
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The hot sauce history is the history of enterprising men fired by the fiery chilly into crafting the hot sauce that is a rage among the gourmet lovers. The hot sauce history also chronicles their ventures to create ingenious hot sauce variations that grace almost every cuisine in the world.
Sauce historians have gathered information mainly from the labels on the hot sauce bottles housed in private collections. Hot sauce advertisements obtained from city directories and newspapers are other resources. Information in general is sparse, but whatever are available, points to a rich and varied hot sauce history.
The flaming hot sauce had a humble beginning in the form of cayenne sauces in Massachusetts way back in1807.
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