Barbacoa – Where Barbecue Originates From

So, where does the word ‘barbecue’ come from? The word comes from barbacoa, a Spanish word, and it is traced to Caribbean and Haitian peoples. Traditional barbacoa consists of large cuts of meat cooked over a hole in the ground. Mexican barbacoa includes goat meat or lamb. In the U.S., barbacoa uses beef, especially heads of cattle where the prized cheek meat is and every bit of the head is used. Try this recipe for Smoked Cow Head Barbacoa from Home Sick Texan where she takes a whole head of beef and barbecues it for 24 hours before savoring every bit of it, from the tongue to the eyes. This description of Mexican barbacoa comes from Elena’s Secrets of Mexican Cooking from 1958: The Mexican barbacoa has one touch of its very own…Mexicans use the big fleshy leaves of the maguey plant. First a hole is dug – usually one about four feet deep. The sides of this are plastered with mud. In the hole go light porous stones, topped with a fire. When the wood has become ashes, the maguey leaves are roasted until tender and used to line the sides of the hole; their tops are laid back over the surface of the ground. A grate is then pout over the ashes, and on top of it a pot with stock and garbanzos, rice, vegetables, and of course, chiles. Next comes the meat – lamb or kid, mutton or beef. The soft maguey leaves that are on the ground are folded over, a sheet of wood or metal is added, then another layer of mud. On top...

Carolina Style Barbecue: Lexington Piedmont, Eastern Style North Carolina, and South Carolina

North Carolina and South Carolina both have their barbecue favorites, and from these two states you’ll find three styles of barbecue based on region. North Carolina is divided into two: Lexington or Piedmont and Eastern Style. Lexington / Piedmont – North Carolina Lexington or Piedmont style of barbecue is made famous for its vinegar red sauce. Depending on the recipe, it can be very hot to slightly sweet. Pork shoulder is almost always exclusively used. Eastern Style – North Carolina Eastern style uses the whole pig, and here ‘pig pickin’ is popular. This is where the whole pig is cooked and the meat is served directly by pulling the meat the from the pig. The barbecue sauce has no tomatoes, and is based from a straight vinegar or mayonnaise. You’ll find homemade bottled sauce in squeeze bottles on the table made from vinegar, hot sauce, and a little sugar to cut the vinegar. While the sauce isn’t tomato based, it is a little red in color due to spices (like paprika) or the hot sauce inside of it. Mop sauces are big here, too, and are similar to the Eastern style barbecue sauces. A mop sauce typically contains little to no sugar with a high vinegar ratio in proportion to the other ingredients. This acidic sauce is sopped on the meats as a basting sauce during cooking. South Carolina South Carolina likes its barbecue sauced with a mustard barbecue sauce. This sauce is made of yellow mustard, vinegar, spices, and brown sugar. Hot sauce is added for a little kick if desired.     Renee Shelton Renee’s love for...

Oklahoma Style Barbecue

Oklahoma barbecue is a mixture of styles blending sweet, tomato based sauces with beef, pork, poultry, and sausage. And while Oklahoma barbecue pulls a little something from its surrounding neighbors, its smoked bologna sausage is unique to this area. The woods used in Oklahoma are black jack oak (a red oak variety) and post oak (a white oak variety), both of which can be found locally.   Article by Renee Shelton. Her love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. Almost. Really, it’s a tough call here. When she’s not tasting BBQ and dipping in the sauce, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Renee Shelton Renee’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. Almost. Really, it’s a tough call here. When she’s not tasting BBQ and dipping in the sauce, Renee can be found at...
10 of the Best Places for Barbecue: Get Your Traveling Shoes On

10 of the Best Places for Barbecue: Get Your Traveling Shoes On

Check to see if your favorite BBQ joint is on this list. TripAdvisor came out with their list of top ten states for BBQ, along with their ten best places to go for barbecue all across the U.S. Some places are in states you’d expect to see great barbecue – Texas, Kansas City, St. Louis – others may surprise you. Listed in order descending order, scroll down to see what their number 1 spot is for 2015. Top 10 Places to Go for BBQ Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, Missouri 9. Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas 8. Buck’s Smokehouse in Destin, Florida 7. HogsHead Cafe in Richmond, Virginia 6. Captain’s BBQ in Palm Coast, Florida 5. Andy Nelson’s Southern Pit BBQ in Cockeysville, Maryland 4. Reuben’s Smokehouse in Fort Myers, Florida 3. Bogart’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, Missouri 2. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kansas 1. Joe’s BBQ in Blue Ridge, Georgia All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Top 10 U.S. States for Barbecue

Top 10 U.S. States for Barbecue

Just in time for National Barbecue Month (May), TripAdvisor lists its top 10 states in the U.S. for barbecue – a BBQ ranking if you will from ‘the world’s largest travel site.’ Here’s the list below, 1 to 10. Do you agree? Top 10 U.S. BBQ States Tennessee Texas Missouri North Carolina Georgia Florida South Carolina California Virginia New York All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Regional Barbecue Preferences – Infographic

Regional Barbecue Preferences – Infographic

This handy infographic courtesy Kraft Foodservice shows the basic barbecue regions in the U.S., and what they like (sauces and meats). From this infographic, the popular meats for the main BBQ regions: Pacific Northwest: Salmon California: Beef (tri tip), Seafood Midwest: Steaks, Pork Chops, Ribs Southwest: Ribs, Brisket Northeast: Chicken Southwest: Pork Sauces and Flavors are regions specific, too: California: Salsa, Sweet and Sour, Fruit Juice, Red Wine and Herb Colorado: Spicy, Peppers New Mexico: New Mexico Chiles, Mexican Oregano, Chile Powder Rubs         All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...