A barbecue by any other name is still a barbecue


Barbecued chicken, prior to saucing.

bar-be-cue \’bär-bi-kyü\ 1 : a large animal (as a steer) roasted whole or split over an open fire or barbecue pit; also : smaller pieces of barbecued meat 2 : a social gathering esp. in the open air at which barbecued food is eaten 3 : an often portable fireplace over which meat and fish are roasted

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Barbecue, also known as barbeque with a q or, most disagreeable to a rigid speller, BBQ (ugh), usually involves some sort of tomato-based sauce at Minnesota Transplant’s house and is almost always served with some sort of carbonated, barley-based beverage, despite these important omissions from Webster’s. When preparing steak or hamburgers over open flame, one refers to grilling, not barbecuing, but the addition of barbecue sauce converts the preparation of ribs or chicken to barbecue.

Barbecues, i.e. the “social gathering” definition, is de rigueur for Memorial Day Weekend observances, coming secondary only to saluting, raising the flag,  parades and cemetery decorating visits.

Therefore, my Beloved and I are celebrating with barbecued chicken, that is, smaller-than-a-split-steer pieces of meat slathered with sauce and served with beer.

Barbecuing for Memorial Day? How do you define it?


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