seems like it depends on where you live

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cal1956, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    15 years ago when I 1st came to Colorado I stayed at a KOA campground for a while and the owners had a sign posted that said BBQ every weekend

     I couldn't wait for the weekend to come but when it came around my mouth was watering for some good BBQ . to say that I was disappointed would be an understatement !!!!!

    what they call BBQ was anything cooked on a grill !!!!!

     I talked with a few other campers from other states like Texas . Florida , Ga.  and a couple of others and they too were disappointed , however one camper from Kanas wasn't . it seems that BBQ meant the same in Kanas as it did in Colorado but not so for the others that I talked to .

     the one's  the eastern state's (east of Colorado that is )

    seemed to think like I did in that you GRILL a steak , pork chop , hamburger or hot dog and that BBQ meant slow and low cooked with smoke

    anyone have any thought's on this ??
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I believe that with the advent of the Internet the distinction was finally made clear to many the difference between grilling and smoking.  When I grew up in CA in the 50s and 60s, BBQ was anything done outside.  When we moved to the South in the late 60s that's when I first started understanding the difference between grilling and smoking.  Still, the line gets blurred.  For example, Santa Maria BBQ out here in CA, a regional favorite and the declared origin of the tri tip cut, is tri tip cooked over an open pit of red oak on a grill that is raised and lowered to control the heat. 

    Even smoking has a ton of variations that people use to make distinctions; cold smoking, hot smoking, low n slow, hot n fast, etc.  I'm happy with the distinction between grilling and smoking, even with the blurred lines.   
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can't remember thinking anything but Open Grilling being called "BBQ" or "Grilling", and anything done (Cold, Warm, or Hot) in a Smokehouse is called Smoking, be it the ones attached to the back of many of the PA Dutch Butcher Shops in my area, or the various small ones people like us have in their back yards, porches & patios.

    I guess I got that idea because those Butcher Shops with Smoke Houses don't Grill or BBQ---They just Smoke things.

  4. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    I'm not so sure . I don't think that knothead of an owner is convinced yet that he is grilling and not bbq ..
  5. thegreatmc

    thegreatmc Meat Mopper

    I worked at a hotel in Rapid City, SD that has a free "BBQ" every night during the Sturgis motorcycle rally and it was just hotdogs and hamburgers. I would make sure to tell the guests it was just grilling by the pool but the manager still insists she is doing a BBQ.
  6. okie362

    okie362 Smoking Fanatic

    We call that a cookout and in reality it would only be done for a child's birthday party upon request from the child.  Any other event requires the big smokers to be fired and LOTS of beer,
  7. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    At my house it is called dinner since 75 % of are meals are on a grill or smoker !!!!
  8. thegreatmc

    thegreatmc Meat Mopper

    If you know anything about the rally, you should know beer is aplenty. That's why they started doing it. Have the party at the hotel do that guests weren't riding drunk. It helps a lot, plus it's a ton of fun.
  9. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    maybe it would help if the grill makers would label them steak /hamburger grills instead of bbq grills ?
  10. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Growing up in central Ohio, anything grilled was called barbecue. Nobody smoked; smoked meat was a product that you bought.
  11. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    that's why I started this thread , to get others to tell what they consider bbq in the different parts of the country/world

      as I understand it, barbeque is a cooking method  that can be traced back to the Incas where meat was slow cooked over low  heat

    in order to make a tough piece of meat tender
  12. longhair75

    longhair75 Newbie

    I never really thought about this.  I am new to smoking, but I have been cooking on a char grill for years.  I never thought to refer to it as barbecue. When I call someone with an invite, I just tell them I am grilling some burgers/brats/steaks and come on over.  I guess I don't really use "barbecue" as a term very often.

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