Commemorating How Grilling Began
If man has been grilling since the Stone Age, it just meant that grilling food is one of the very first techniques of preparing food. Just how long until the delicious taste of barbecue was discovered is a matter of debate. Other folks claim that perhaps it was after World War II, as the middle class began to move to the suburbs that backyard grilling became a more common way of preparing food, leading to the discovery of seasoning food on the grill.
Just like so many famous “American” foods, where barbecue goes back to 18th-century colonial America, specifically the settlements along the Southeastern seaboard, grilling is well-thought of a very old classic favorite cooking method. The direct descendant of that original American barbecue is Eastern Carolina-style pit barbecue, which traditionally starts with the whole hog and, after as many as fourteen hours over coals, culminates in a glorious mess of pulled pork doused with vinegar sauce and eaten on a hamburger bun, with coleslaw on the side. (Food Network)
The natives of the West Indies had a word for this process, “barbacoa”. It is generally believed that this is the origin of our modern word barbecue. On the other hand, some said ‘Barbecue’ could have also originated from the French word “Barbe a queue” which means “whiskers-to-tail.” No one is sure of the correct origins of the word.
Regardless of who made or invented the first barbecue, the first stories circulating which even include briquette and wood scraps and sawdust means one thing. Grilling foods or barbecuing is all about slow cooking cuts of meat or any food over coals, and if you look back, the first people who did this, were those living during the stone age.