National Barbecue Day

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Welcome to the sizzling world of National Barbecue Day! Get ready to fire up your grill, gather your loved ones, and indulge in some mouthwatering food. This day is all about celebrating the art of barbecuing and enjoying good company. So put on your apron, grab your spatula, and let's dive into the smoky history of this delicious occasion.

When is Barbecue Day?

It's national barbecue day on the 16th May.

A Brief History of National Barbecue Day

It all started when a group of barbecue enthusiasts decided that grilling shouldn't be limited to just weekends and summer holidays. They wanted to honor this timeless cooking tradition with its very own day. And thus, National Barbecue Day was born!

Since its inception, this day has grown in popularity, with people all over the country embracing the joy of outdoor cooking. From juicy steaks to tender ribs, barbecue has become an integral part of American culture.

The Internet Buzz

In recent years, the internet has been ablaze with excitement for National Barbecue Day. From sharing favorite recipes and grilling tips to organizing neighborhood cookouts, social media has become a hotbed of barbecue-related discussions on this special occasion.

In fact, our data shows that on 16 May 2018, there were a whopping 1711 online mentions about National Barbecue Day! It seems like people couldn't resist the temptation to talk about mouthwatering grilled goodness.

Getting Your Grill On

Whether you're a seasoned pitmaster or a novice at the grill, National Barbecue Day is the perfect time to showcase your culinary skills. Gather your loved ones, dust off your grill, and prepare to tantalize their taste buds with your smoky creations.

Don't forget to explore new recipes and experiment with flavors. From tangy sauces to savory rubs, there's a world of barbecue possibilities waiting to be discovered!

History behind the term 'Barbecue'


The Origins of the Term 'Barbecue'

During the 1500s, Spanish explorers encountered a cooking technique practiced by the indigenous people in the Caribbean. The natives used a wooden framework called 'barbacoa' to slow-cook meat over a fire. The term 'barbacoa' was derived from the Arawak language spoken by the Taino people. It quickly intrigued the Spanish explorers, who soon adopted the term as 'barbacoa' in their own language.


Barbecue Spreads to America

In the 1700s, Spanish settlers brought the concept of 'barbacoa' to the Southeastern region, including present-day Florida and Georgia. Over time, the pronunciation of 'barbacoa' changed, and it evolved into 'barbecue.' The settlers utilized this cooking method to prepare various meats, such as pork, beef, and chicken. As America expanded, so did barbecue, spreading across different regions and adapting to local flavors.


Barbecue Becomes a Social Gathering

During the 19th century, barbecue began to transform into a social event. It became a way for communities to come together, celebrate, and enjoy a day of feasting. Traditional barbecue pits were built, and whole hogs were slow-roasted for hours. Family recipes and secret spice rubs became cherished traditions, passed down through generations. Barbecue competitions also emerged, showcasing the skill and artistry of pitmasters.

20th Century

Barbecue Reinvented Across the Nation

The 20th century witnessed barbecue taking on regional variations. In different parts of the United States, barbecue developed distinct styles and techniques, each with its own character and flavors. From Kansas City-style with its tangy tomato-based sauces to Texas-style emphasizing beef and dry rubs, and from Memphis-style known for its slow-cooked smoky pork to Carolina-style offering both vinegar and mustard-based sauces. The advent of outdoor grills and specialized barbecue equipment further popularized this beloved culinary tradition.

Present Day

Barbecue's International Popularity

Barbecue's popularity has surged globally, transcending borders and cultures. It has become not only a method of cooking but a cultural phenomenon. Countries around the world have embraced barbecue, adapting it to their local ingredients and customs. Today, you can experience mouthwatering variations like Korean barbecue, Brazilian churrasco, Argentine asado, and many more. Barbecue continues to evolve, bringing people together through the love of flame-kissed flavors and shared culinary traditions.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world's largest barbecue pit measures a whopping 80 feet long? That's one colossal grill, perfect for feeding a hungry crowd!


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16th May 2015

Most mentioned on

16th May 2018

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