Barbeque Lovers! Do You Know When Did Barbeque Culture Start?
- Pragya Jha
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
If someone asks the oldest method of cooking in the world, the answer would be barbeque.
Since it's probably the oldest method, it's out of the question. Everything else about barbeque is controversial, it is impossible to identify any person or culture that has “invented” the method of barbecue. We don’t even know exactly when it was invented. However, we can see different countries and cultures where barbeque is likely to bloom, such as the United States or the Caribbean in the 19th century.
Some believe that barbeque is only cooked outdoors under a real fire. Others say it should be smoked by indirect heating. Just like the African-American slaves who created the classic southern grill, digging holes and placing the meat on hot coals.
You may have never heard about it, but the origin of the word "barbecue" is actually derived from the Caribbean dialect, according to Southern oral history. The Caribbean word “barbacoa” was not a direction of making food, but the name of a wooden structure used by the Taino Indians to smoke food. This word describes how to cook homemade sliced meat over an open fire; other sources say that the barbeque was specifically associated with a wooden frame in which the meat was smoked.
There are many styles of barbeque in the United States, and everyone has their own opinion on which one is best suited. Ribs, breast and braised pork are some of the favourite dishes to make with the barbeque method. Popular side dishes include salads, baked beans, cornbread and fruits.
In ancient China, India and Japan, ceramic urns were used for coal making for thousands of years. In India, they are called tandoors and in Japan, they are called kamado. The ancient Chinese ceramic charcoal oven is still used to make buns glued to the oven wall. The Indians also make tandoori roti and naan this way.
Today we enjoy BBQ as it brings people together which is often associated with parties and celebrations. Barbeque brings people together and gives them the opportunity to enjoy life. Traditional barbeque offers an experience that is often an escape from civilization and an opportunity to get closer to nature.