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Barbeque is ...

By Time staff

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 29, 2000


Hotter than ever
Grill masters have a lot of choices in hardware, from a basic $100 set-up to the $1,000 professional design that will turn the whole neighborhood green with envy.

Barbeque is ...
The term "barbecue" generates a lot of confusion.

A clean, mean grilling machine
If you're like many homeowners, it's not until you have the steaks in hand that you remember this was going to be the year you cleaned your gas grill and gave it a tune-up.

For more information
The June issue of Consumer Reports offers ratings on 15 models of gas grills and one electric grill.

The term "barbecue" generates a lot of confusion. Sometimes it's used to mean the grill on which cooking is done. Some people use it to mean the way food is cooked, outdoors over live flame (wood, charcoal or gas). Some use it to refer to the food itself: typically pork, beef or chicken slowly smoke-cooked and often basted with sauces that are more or less smoky, or tomatoey, or vinegar-based. (All of them are the best, and partisans will fight anyone who says otherwise.)

For our purposes we're using the verb "to barbecue" to mean "to grill": to cook quickly outdoors over live gas flames.

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