Barbecue is a Noun

Barbecue as a cooking method is as old as fire and has spurned a one word language. When referring to this slow cooked meat, barbecue is a noun, a verb an adjective, and everything in between—you barbecue pork, you are a backyard barbecuer, you’re having a barbecue, you eat barbecue, you order barbecued pork with barbecue sauce, you are a barbecue lover, etc.—and they all mean different things, but most Americans understand the nuances and keep on using the word for a myriad of things. For example, one of the most famous dishes from New Orleans is Barbecued Shrimp. Well, the shrimp isn’t even grilled much less barbecued, it is sautéed in butter and paprika giving it the look of barbecue sauce and thus, barbecued! Barbecue is thought to be a Southern tradition which is mostly true except that Kansas City is firmly entrenched in the Midwest and it boasts more that 100 authentic barbecue restaurants and is the home of KC Masterpiece, America’s baseline for barbecue sauce. Terminology aside, barbecue is the food and the cooking process that unites the soul melting the prejudices of politics, race, heritage, social standing and education for a few seconds in time.