A Brief History of BBQ

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A Brief History of BBQ

The history of barbecue is long and delicious. We’ve compiled a list of some barbecue facts for you!

• It’s believed the word “barbecue” originated from the word “barbacoa,” Spanish for the framework of green wood on which foods are placed for cooking over hot coals. But it could also have come from the French “de barbe a’queue,” which means from “whiskers to tail.”

• A professor at Harvard University claims humans started cooking meat over a flame at the same time our brains really started to evolve. Coincidence? We think not!

• Barbecues have been a White House tradition since Thomas Jefferson was President.

• Lyndon B. Johnson hosted the first barbecue at the White House that featured Texas-style ribs.

• Memphis and Kansas City both claim to be the BBQ capital of the United States.

• The word “barbecue” first entered the English dictionary in the 17th century.

• The world’s longest barbecue was 335 feet long!

Use these at your next get together!

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