BBQ v. Grilling

What exactly is the difference between barbecue and grilling? Contributing Editor Troy Black of the Big Book of BBQ shares his definitive answer.


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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