Grilling and BBQing are two incredibly popular methods for cooking in America. In fact, 75% of US homes own a grill and/or smoker. While both methods can deliver a tasty result, we believe that BBQing is the superior method.
Why? Well, there’s a few reasons. But before we get into that, let’s clarify something.
Grilling and BBQing are NOT the Same
It’s common for people, particularly those who don’t come from BBQ country, to fire up a grill and say they’re having a barbecue. This, however, is incorrect. Grilling involves cooking meat (or anything, really) over a direct heat source like an open flame or smoldering coals.
BBQing, on the other hand, involves an indirect heat source, generally utilizing either a smoker or a roaster. This cooks the meat more slowly and thoroughly, resulting in a tender, juicy end-product with a lot of flavor.
But that’s not the only reason why BBQ is the best.
The Variety and Style
BBQ is a simple concept that has grown into a very complex art.
First, there’s the variety of foods you can choose to BBQ. While pork tends to be the traditional choice, chicken and beef are popular as well. Once cooked, you can leave the meat on the bone, slice it off, pull it apart, or chop it up.
This is just the beginning of BBQ styles. From here, people start getting very passionate about what’s “best”. There’s Memphis style, seasoned with dry rub and paired with a tangy, thin sauce on the side. North Carolina divides into Lexington style and Eastern style. Though both feature a strong vinegar presence, they differ in the parts of the pig used. Also, Eastern style doesn’t feature any tomato based products.
Texas also splits up into separate categories with East and Central styles.
And that’s just the tip of BBQ diversity. For those who are born into a particular BBQ region, you may feel hesitant to stray from your local style. For the rest of us, however, there’s near endless styles out there to explore and appreciate.
The Side Items
Honestly, we could eat BBQ by itself, but paired with the right side, the best becomes even better. Traditional BBQ sides have something for everyone:
- Mac N Cheese
- Green Beans
- Potato Salad
- Potato Chips
- And More
If that’s not making you hungry yet, you may want to see a doctor.
It’s Man’s Oldest Cooking Method….Evolved to Perfection
Being able to prep and cook food is one of the things that separates humans from animals. Though we can’t say for sure, the very first form of cooking was likely grilling. Man made fire. Man put an animal over the fire. Man discovered cooked animal was delicious.
While we could have stopped there, we didn’t’. Somewhere along the line, we realized that by cooking the meat slowly, away from the immediate heat of the flames, we could unlock a richer flavor and superior texture. Thus, BBQ was born.
And despite all of the advancements in cooking and technology since, we’re still BBQing millennia later.
Ready to Appreciate Some BBQ?
Of course you are! If you’re looking for some fresh, “low-and-slow” BBQ in the Springfield, Ohio area, come down to Rudy’s Smokehouse. Or, we can bring the BBQ to you! We offer an extensive catering menu for weddings, holidays, parties, corporate events, and more!
Contact us today!