Where’s the barbeque? It is particularly
everywhere in Metro Manila and the provinces - especially during summer time. In
fact, Filipinos even have outrageous
barbeques that foreigners would find downright exotic (think isaw, adidas and
walkman, and you get my drift). But what is barbeque really?
As an act, to barbeque means to
slow cook meat at a low temperature for a long time over wood or charcoal.
Culinary researchers believe that the barbeque (or BBQ for shorthand) originated
in the late 1800s in America during western cattle drives. They noted that
cowboys were fed the less than perfect cuts of meat—often brisket, a tough and
stingy piece of meat that required five to seven hours of cooking to tenderize.
Of course barbeque meats are
varied. Aside from beef ribs, pork butt, pork ribs, chicken, venison, seafood
and goat are also barbequed. As mentioned, in the Philippines and other Asian
Countries, offal (or animal organs) are also barbequed. Perhaps, we have also
done more that our neighbors as we also barbeque coagulated animal blood!
With regards to the word
“barbeque,” however, the jury is still out on how the word was coined. Some
researchers believe that the word came from
Taino Indian word “barbacoa” which meant meat-smoking apparatus, while
others contend that it came from the French word “barbe a queue” which means
“whiskers to tail”. Nonetheless, no one is sure of the correct origins of
Just to show how popular
“barbeques” have became in society, even the great car manufacturer Henry
Ford, deigned to invent along with Thomas Edison, the first charcoal briquette
in 1920. It seems that Ford was aghast at how
much wood scrap and sawdust his car factories were producing that he
decided to do something about it. He didn’t go into full-time production
though, as the invention was bought by E.G. Kingsford who then commercially
produced the briquette.
But enough about “barbeque
history”! What great about a barbeque is that it’s tasty and fairly easy to
cook. Moreover, it could even be a great group activity for summer.