Labor Day has come and gone and one thing that has stuck in my mind is BBQ, not the delicious mouth watering type that my belly loves so much, but what others call BBQ. All weekend long I saw the social networks ablaze with people posting pictures of their grill. The only problem was that there was no BBQ to be seen in any of these photos, only burgers and hot dogs, steaks and fajitas.
When was the last time you had a barbecued hot dog? The pictures and invites continued through Monday all with the same theme ” Hey we are having a BBQ come on over” only no BBQ was offered.
I attempted to counter the influx of these faux BBQ invites and photos with a statement about what I believe BBQ to be ( brisket, ribs, sausage, pulled pork ) only to be barraged with more offers thoughts from others that BBQ was indeed burgers, hot dogs, steaks etc..
Barbecue – A meal or gathering at which meat, fish, or other food is cooked out of doors on a rack over an open fire or on a portable grill.
While there is the old southern debate on what BBQ is whether it be brisket, pork or ribs I begin to wonder how anything cooked on a grill has been generalized as being BBQ, is it advertising, or perhaps from how TV and media depicts?
So this is where the debate begins. Do we as Texans have a different take on BBQ? Was this definition in the dictionary made by someone up North? Should there be a noticeable difference when someone says we are having a barbecue or cookout? I know that I am disappointed to be invited to a BBQ only to be given a hot dog.
For myself burgers, hot dogs, steaks and the like fall into the cookout category. I have never gone to a BBQ joint and ordered a steak, a burger or a hot dog let alone seen it on the menu. So now I will open it up to you the readers of craveDFW…What is your idea of BBQ? I know we have readers from all over the USA, so let’s hear your thoughts.
We can even further discuss this on the next BBQ food tour.