BBQ, Barbecue or Grill—What’s Yours?

Montreal Translation SyllabusWith temperatures on the rise in Montreal, it’s time to dust of the old hibachi-fire pit-thingamajig. And, if you’re like me, you’re not sure what to call it.

First off, “BBQ” is simply an abbreviation of the term “barbecue,”and can be used as a noun or a verb. Same goes for the other fairly ubiquitous term “grill.”

So is there a difference between “barbecue” (not “barbeque”) and “grill”? And if so, what is it?

According to an article by Megan Cole, there is a difference, though it might be lost on folks like me who simply toss veggies on the fire pit and call it dinner. In the article, Ken Hueston, owner of Smoken Bones Cookshack in Victoria, makes the following distinction:

“When you barbecue, you are cooking with a slow circumvented unit of hot air with the lid closed. Grilling is done with the lid up and you’re cooking with direct heat on the bottom, instead of all around the source.

“You grill a steak and you barbecue a pork butt.”

The article goes on to say that not every grill is equipped to barbecue and grill. “If the device has one burner, it is a grill, not a barbecue.”

After taking a good long look at that thingamajig on my deck, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am the owner of a grill, not a barbecue.

Either way, summer is here to stay and I’m not setting foot near my oven for the next couple of months!

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