Barbecue is an American Tradition
Barbecue has come to find its place and national relevance in the American culture. It has gone from being just another staple American food to an important part of the rich American tradition. Grilled barbecue is something that brings a large part of Americans together during outings and even national holidays.
The meal was said to have originated from Spanish settlers who called it barbacoa which simply means cooking meat on wet wood over an indirect flame. Some European settlers were also said to have conceived the name from the native French tradition term “barbe-a-queue” which means “head to tail” which perfectly explains the idea that nothing is to be wasted and consuming offal.
African slaves also made an important contribution to the evolving art of grilling barbecue beyond the idea that the white slave owners were just there to supervise the way the meat was being grilled. The Hausa people of West Africa particularly has a contribution to the name have they also used the term “babbake” to describe to a complex idea that involves grilling, roasting, toasting, setting a large cooking fire and cooking food for a long period of time over a burning flame.
Since the Africans lived in the tropics and were used to salting and spicing their games for the purpose of preservation and they contributed to the introduction of spices and sauces to the art of grilling barbecue. The Europeans also made inputs in this regard, also introducing spices of their own. Barbecue can now be grilled with ease by using indoor or outdoor grills that can be purchased at
In all, every American today has made a contribution to the development of the barbecue American tradition and that’s why the whole country has come to accept it as part of their culture because everyone’s is connected one way or the other. It is the true Independence Day food as all Americans unite to eat the barbecue during national holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labour Day.