Test Your BBQ IQ!
By Joe Wilkes
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True or False?
- FALSE: If you can hold your hand over the charcoal for
ten seconds, your grill is ready for cooking. After
ten seconds, your hand may be ready for the burn unit. Actually, if you can
hold your hand above the coals for three seconds, the grill should be ready for
cooking. If the grill is hotter than that, you run the risk of your food being
burned on the outside and raw on the inside. A common misconception is that
searing meat over a hot flame seals in the juices. In fact, cooking meat more
slowly over lower heat produces juicier results.
- TRUE: Julius Caesar introduced pork sausages to
Rome. Around 48 BC, Julius Caesar returned from Gaul,
bringing the latest in sausage-making technology with him. While the early
French may have been responsible for inventing the sausage, many would argue
the Italians perfected it.
- FALSE: Hot dogs are the
most popular grill item. Actually, hamburgers are
number one. Hot dogs come in at a lowly number four, according to the Hearth,
Patio, and Barbecue Association. Steak is number two and chicken clucks in at
- FALSE: Barbecuing and grilling mean the same thing.
Americans, especially northerners, often use these terms
interchangeably. But anyone who's had real 'cue from the Southern U.S. knows
that barbecue is something totally different. Grilling means cooking quickly
over high heat. Barbecued meat is cooked or smoked for hours until the juicy
meat practically melts in your mouth. And true barbecue artists don't rely on
sugary sauces to mask the flavor of the meat. Most purists prefer a good dry
rub of peppers and spices for the best barbecueand it's healthier, too!
- FALSE: Drumsticks (for
drums, not from chicken) are made from mesquite wood. Drumsticks are actually made from hickory wood, which is also
the most popular hardwood for smoking in barbecue cuisine, according to the
Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association. Mesquite is the runner-up, though as
far as we can tell, it has no musical applications.