What's The Difference Between Barbecuing & Grilling?

What exactly is the difference between barbecue and grilling? The terms are often used interchangeably, but the differences are many – and so are the results. Barbecue and grilling are two very different things. We take our barbecue very seriously, and it's usually the tender, juicy meat as a result of the long, low, and slow method. Grilling, on the other hand, is a hot and fast technique that'll get dinner on the table in about 20 minutes. Traditionally, with barbecue, you have meats such as ribs, pork shoulder, or brisket. These cuts of meat have to cook a very long time to tenderize at a very low temperature. The result is absolutely mouth-watering and worth the wait; you can ask any pitmaster around. Grilling, on the other hand, is all about cooking pieces of meat hot and fast, like boneless chicken breasts, a juicy hamburger, your favorite ribeye steaks, or seafood straight from the Gulf Coast. Contributing Editor Troy Black of the Big Book of BBQ shares his definitive answer.

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Barbecue and grilling, two different things. Barbecue is cooking long, low, and slow. Grilling is hot and fast. With barbecue, traditionally, you have meats such as ribs, pork shoulder, brisket. They have to cook a very long time to tenderize, at a very low temperature. Grilling, on the other hand, is cooking pieces of meat hot and fast, like boneless breast of chicken, your hamburgers, your steaks, and your seafood. That is grilling, not barbeque.

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