What do you know about grilling and barbecuing?

By: Staff

What is the most commonly accepted origin of the word "barbecue"?

The word "barbecue" came from Spanish settlers' term for a cooking method learned from Caribbean natives.

When did the backyard grill become popular?

Although people have been cooking over an open flame for thousands of years, the backyard grill as we know it today didn't become popular until the 1950s.

Barbecue really got its start in the 18th-century South. What ingredient brought communities together?

Beef and chicken are popular barbecue items now, but the whole pig was a Southern staple.

Tangy, vinegar-based sauce describes what region's traditional barbecue fare?

East Carolina is known for its vinegar-based barbecue sauces, while Memphis is the home of tomato-based sauces and Texas reigns as king of the dry rub.

Which president held the first White House barbecue?

Thomas Jefferson threw the first White House barbecue. Lyndon B. Johnson was the first to serve Texas-style ribs.

Who invented the classic kettle-shaped Weber grill?

George Stephen created an American classic in 1952 while working for Weber Brothers Metal Works.

What is the standard temperature range for barbecuing?

Barbecuing is a slow process, and cooking at 200 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (93 to 149 degrees Celsius) can take more than 10 hours.

According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, what is the most popular grilling holiday?

The Fourth of July is the biggest day of the year for grilling.

The patented design for charcoal briquettes was invented in what year?

Despite rumors that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison patented the first charcoal briquettes, Elisworth B.A. Zwoyer patented the briquettes in 1897, long before those stories circulated.

What percent of American households own a grill?

Approximately 75 percent of American households own a grill.

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About This Quiz

Think of how people cooked before electricity and fancy cooking appliances, and the first thing that comes to mind might be an open flame. Grilling and barbecuing have evolved since then. How much do you know about beef, barbecue and briquettes?

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