Sunday, September 4, 2011

Holiday Weekend: "Barbeque" or "Cookout"?








When I was growing up in Central PA, a weekend party which involved cooking various meats on a grill was/is called it a "cookout". Or sometimes we called it a "picnic" - event when there were no baskets or blankets involved.

Here in the city, many people refer to this kind of soiree as a "barbeque" - even if they aren't serving anything with any kind of barbeque sauce on it. This confuses me.

What do people where YOU'RE from call it??


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6 comments:

kayce. said...

bbq!

but then again, in the south, there's bound to be SOMETHING with bbq sauce on it at said barbecue.

designing wally said...

Bar-BQ!!!

Chubbear426 said...

It is a cook out, Barbeque is something you eat at a cook out. You invite your guests over for a cook out, where you might barbeque something on the grill.

Uncy Carl said...

In Missouri (where I was spawned), we distinguished between grilled and BBQ'd. Sauce makes a difference, ya'll.

When I lived in Illinois, all I ever heard was "BBQ" - and rarely any sauce in sight. Barbarians.

Up north in Minnesota, my adopted home for the past 15 years, whether you are BBQing or grilling, it's just grilling. Boring - like typical Minnesota food.

Give me BBQ, bitches!

Joy said...

Cookout

BBQ is food, not an event.

Miss Ginger Grant said...

"Cookout" is a modern, yankee word. There is no such word in Texan.

In Texas, "Barbeque" is a transitive verb that means: "to cook outdoors over a fire of wood, charcoal, or gas."

When we get together and do it as a group, it is called "a barbeque". Think Sally Cato from Auntie Mame: "Let's have us a Barbeque!"

And there is no food called "barbeque" in Texas. It is called "brisket".

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