Ever wonder where the term barbecue came from. Well, the one thing we do know is that it was not invented in America and no one really is certain where it came from. There are however a few theories. The word “barbecue” may have derived from the french term “Barbe a queue” which translates to “whiskers-to-tail”
Another theory is that it may have come from the Taino Indian word “barbacoa” with is a term for a meat-smoking device.
We do know that in America barbecue or BBQ was prevalent in the late 1800’s with the cowboys. While on cattle drives they were given the less than desirable cuts of various meats that were often tough and stringy. They found that if they slow cooked the meat for longer periods that it would become tender.
Now the charcoal briquette was invented in America. Ellsworth B. A. Zwoyer of Pennsylvania first patented the design in 1897 but Henry Ford created the first briquettes from wood scraps and sawdust where he sold it to Kingsford and was put into commercial production