Are you Barbequing or Grilling Your Food, What Is the Difference?
Barbecue and grilling have been around since prehistoric times, but how grilling and barbecue became connected is a debate, with no clear answers.
The only thing historians seem to agree upon is how the word barbecue has evolved. The word “barbacoa” was used by Native American, for a raised wooden rack which had multiple uses. One of the uses of this rack was to cook meat for a long period of time, over a very low flame.
After Columbus arrival to Americas, there was an exchange of plants, food, animals and ideas between the Old world and the New World. Through this exchange barbacoa was also introduced to the Old World. Even though people in the old world were aware and using low-fire cooking methods, there was no real name attached to it.
Over a long period of time, settlers and explorers, begin associating barbacoa only to food. This eventually led to the change in the original meaning of the word, barbacoa, to reference only a method of cooking.
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