The Historical Barbecue
During warm weather, a
favourite American form of entertainment is the barbecue.
Families light up the charcoal and cook chicken, hamburgers and
hot dogs to eat in the open air. Did you know that barbecues
have been held for over four hundred years?
The Carib Indians in the West
Indies and in northern South America had wooden grills on which
they broiled, smoked and dried meat and fish. They called these
grills barbacan. The idea was introduced into the United States
A barbecue, originally, was
simply the roasting or broiling of a large animal, such as a hog
or an ox, over an open pit. Later, it came to mean an open-air
social or political gathering. George Washington often attended
barbecues in Virginia.
Perhaps the biggest barbecue on record was held in 1923, when
John Calloway Walton gave a barbecue for 100,000 people, to
celebrate his election as governor of Oklahoma. A mile-long
trench was dug to roast the beef, pork, mutton, buffalo, bear,
reindeer, antelope, squirrel, opossum, coon, rabbit, chicken,
goose and duck that was on the menu. In addition, a massive
amount of bread and coffee was served. The coffee was made in
urns that held 10,000 gallons each. All in all, it was quite a