The world of BBQ has such a unique lanquaqe of its own. We try to capture that in our list of BBQ TERMS. Enjoy!
ATOMIC BUFFALO TURD (ABT) – A jalapeno pepper stuffed with a cream cheese filling and a little smokey, wrapped in bacon, dusted with BBQ rub then smoked.
BARBEQUE, BARBECUE, BBQ – To cook meat at low temperatures for long periods of time over wood or charcoal.
BARK – An outer crust formed on smoked meats particularly rib, brisket, and pork butt. The bark is a combination of the BBQ rubs and mops used during cooking.
BURNT ENDS – Cubed pieces of the brisket point that have been smoked and then sauced.
CHARCOAL CHIMNEY – A cylindrical device used to start charcoal quickly. A fire source is at the bottom and the updraft ignites the charcoal briquettes.
FATTY – A sausage chub that has been smoked. Sometimes the chub is stuffed and wrapped in bacon.
INDIRECT GRILLING – A method of cooking where the meat is not placed directly over the heat source.
LUMP CHARCOAL – Charcoal that is created by using just wood – no added chemicals are in the final product.
MINION METHOD – A technique used by BBQ cooks to light a few charcoal briquettes on top of a larger pile of charcoal. This is used in the low and slow cooking and the lit charcoal slowly burns and the lights the charcoal underneath.
MOP – A liquid that is applied to the meat while barbecuing to keep the surface of the meat moist and add flavor.
PIG CANDY – Bacon that is coated in a mixture of brown sugar and spices then smoked until crispy.
SMOKE RING – A pink or red layer on the outer edge of meat that has been smoked. This ring is a chemical reaction between the meat and the smoke.
STICK BURNER – A BBQ smoker that primarily uses logs (aka sticks) as the fuel source.
UGLY DRUM SMOKER (UDS) – A BBQ smoker typically made out of a 55 gallon drum. The smoker has a charcoal basket that sits in the bottom and air holes near the bottom to control BBQ temperature.
WEBER SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (WSM) – A bullet shaped smoker that is popular with BBQ enthusiasts. The WSM has a charcoal pan in the bottom and a water pan above to to help control temperature and moisture.
WHITE BBQ SAUCE – A regional type of barbeque sauce generally found in Alabama. It is a mix of mayonnaise, vinegar and additional flavoring ingredients like pepper and spices.