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...
South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

PrintSouth Carolina Mustard Barbecue SauceAuthor All Q'd Up BBQ Blog Writers Ingredients3/4 cup mustard, prepared3/4 cup red wine vinegar1/4 cup sugar2 tablespoons melted butter1 - 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce1 - 1/2 teaspoon black pepper1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauceInstructionsMix all ingredients together.Will keep refrigerated for 2 weeks. NotesRecipe courtesy of National Pork Board. For more information about pork, visit PorkBeinspired.com. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...

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...
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...