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Sunday, 19 February 2012


The first barbecuers may well have been prehistoric cavemen. Anthropologists say they may have started roasting meat some 1.4 million years ago.

The word “barbecue” first appeared in print in 1653. It comes from a word Arawak Indians in Haiti use who smoke strips of meat over an open fire on a grating of wood called a “berbekot”.

The word barbecue took on in America the meaning of meat cooked on an apparatus in the open air over a fire and the social gathering incorporating such cooking by the 1730s.

The abbreviation BBQ was first recorded in Los Angeles in 1938.

Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, hosted the first barbecue at the White House that featured Texas-style barbecued ribs.

The abbreviation “barbie” was first recorded in Australia in 1976.

Lexington, North Carolina is known as the Barbecue Capital of the World. October is Barbecue Month there, with a month-long Annual Barbecue Festival.

The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are, in order: burgers (85 percent), steak (80 percent), hot dogs (79 percent) and chicken (73 percent).

THE average barbecue grill has 124 % more germs on it than a lavatory seat and is cleaned only twice a year.

3 out of 4 American households own a grill and they use it on average of 5 times per month

Sources Daily Express, Grilling Facts and Trivia, Food For Thought; Extraordinary Little Chronicles of the World by Ed Pearce,

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