05Jan, 21
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Where does the word “BBQ” come from?

A favorite American pastime and a summer tradition for many, barbecues have a long and surprisingly patriotic history. They began when a human ancestor called  Homo erectus  began  cooking meat with fire  about 1.8 million years ago, according to Planet Barbecue (Workman Publishing, 2010). But barbecues the way that Americans know them now meat cooked over a grill or pit, covered in spices and basting sauce originated in the Caribbean. The word barbecue comes from the language of a Caribbean Indian tribe called the Taino. Their word for  grilling on a raised wooden grate  is barbacoa. The word first a …

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