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8 Fun Facts to Raise Your BBQ IQ this weekend

It is weekend and time to get out your barbeque or if you are lucky enough to have a smokeless Lotus BBQ Grill…. let´s have a BBQ – yahoo – we all love a BBQ

The word "barbecue" has a complicated past.

There are multiple theories, however the most common one says it stems from “barbacoa” which is a West Indian term for “slow cooking over hot coals”.  The least common says it comes from a bar, beer and billiards restaurant called the “BAR-BEER-CUE-PIG”.

Did you also know that in Australia they call a barbeque “a Barbie”, in South Africa “a braai” and in German “a grill” – and they even have a name for the first day, normally in Spring, when the grill season begins and that is “Angrillen”.  When you say you are “Anguillan” tonight, everyone knows that it is your first BBQ/Grill/Barbie/Braai of the seasonJ

2.More facts: two different cities each claim to be the Barbecue Capital of America.

Memphis, TN and Kansas City, MO are both home to giant competitive barbecue tournaments, so each one says it can own the title.  That said, Lexington, NC somehow managed to earn “Barbeque capital of the world”

Kansas City, MO, is home to “The World Series of Barbecue,” the world's largest BBQ competition -- with 500 teams competing and 70,000 spectators. The larger American Royal event spans 2.5 months and also includes a parade and a professional rodeo (with a $300,000 prize package).

3.Barbecues are a long-standing presidential tradition.

Lyndon B Johnson threw the first White House barbeque to feature “Texas-style” ribs, and Jimmy Carter hosted a “pig-pickin” for 500 people.

4.Grilling isn't just for the summer. 60% of grillers say they barbeque year-round. I can certainly say we do – the weather has never stop us – sun, rain, snow is always barbeque weather.

5.The world's longest barbecue was 80 hours.

Yes, eighty hours. In Georgia, Jan Greeff cooked 1,000 hot dogs, 200 pieces of corn, and more to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

6.And the world's largest barbecue had over 45,000 people.

This massive event took place in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

7.While we're talking numbers, there are four different types of pork ribs.

Spare ribs are the most common, and come from the underbelly of the pig; St. Louis-style are similar to spare ribs, but the breastbone is removed; country-style have the highest meat-to-bone ratio; and baby-back have the least fat.

8.There's an actual science to measuring barbecue heat with your hand.

If you can stand it for:                                             Temperature:


2-4 seconds                                                            230C – 290C


5-7 seconds                                                            177C – 230C


8-10 seconds                                                          120C – 176C

Next time you float your hand over your grill, do it with purpose. Hold your palm five inches above the grill and count the number of seconds before you feel the urge to yank it away.


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