What does Barbecue consist of?

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Fri May 26 16:37:52 UTC 2006

Nonsense. As all Texans know from birth, barbeque involves a dead cow.

A few others things may be added to the menu - venison, chicken, even pig.
But canonical barbeque = cow.

(Wikipedia contains a fair amount of misinformation.)


On Fri, 26 May 2006, Barbara Need wrote:

>I have checked the archives and found lots entries for earliest
>attestation and recipes of things with barbecue in the name, but a
>conversation was reported to me that illustrated a difference of
>opinion as to just what constituted a barbecue. The context is that a
>group of us had received an invitation to a barbecue and two students
>(both southerners) came to the realization that what they expected to
>find at this event (hamburgs and hot dogs) did not constitute a
>barbecue for them: to be a barbecue, it has to have large pigs
>cooking (this may be an oversimplification, but there was much ....

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