Definition of barbecue in US English:

barbecue

(also barbeque)

nounPlural barbecues

  • 1A meal or gathering at which meat, fish, or other food is cooked out of doors on a rack over an open fire or on a portable grill.

    • ‘This colorful dish takes about 15 minutes to cook and is great for dinner parties, summer barbecues or even a family meal.’
    • ‘Everyone has the opportunity to invite neighbours over for coffee, a meal, or a barbecue.’
    • ‘Mr Greendale's wife, Kathryn, said her husband had cooked for a family barbecue last Friday, and had later gone to sleep on a rug at the back of the house in Cavill Place.’
    • ‘At a barbecue food is cooked on a rusty grill which birds have probably used as a toilet on a daily basis since last summer.’
    • ‘The barbecue area is actually a fully equipped kitchen with sink, refrigerators, and electrical outlets.’
    • ‘Fundraising meals, picnics and barbecues are great ways of inviting whole communities into Respect.’
    • ‘On my last day in Australia, my parents cooked me a barbecue in their backyard barbecue area.’
    • ‘There are less formal meals, picnics and barbecues and the forthcoming brunch is one of these occasions.’
    • ‘Another helps tame a sloping site by dividing it into usable stairstepping levels, complete with built-in planters and a barbecue area.’
    • ‘You may as well gorge out my eyes with burning sabers of methane gas and ceremoniously sacrifice my body over an open barbecue pit in the name of good taste.’
    • ‘Neighborhoods are putting on open, outdoor barbecues and pancake breakfasts, complete with music and face painting.’
    • ‘The main purpose of the garden would be for open air parties and barbecues.’
    • ‘It would be great for starting a charcoal fire for a barbecue, though.’
    • ‘For barbecues, only start cooking when the charcoals are glowing red with a layer of grey ash.’
    • ‘‘I'm my own event planner,’ Hargreaves says of his regular Sunday football gatherings, barbecues and pool parties.’
    • ‘Now that fish is the new meat at the best barbecues in town, the curly question is what to serve with it.’
    • ‘The crews cooked up a free barbecue after all the work was done.’
    • ‘Here there is another picnic and camping area with toilets and a barbecue area.’
    • ‘In addition, high-speed lifts service all floors of the development and the grounds will be landscaped to include a barbecue area as well as a putting green for golfers.’
    • ‘I think I forgot to mention that Saturday my family was supposed to have a little gathering around a barbecue pit.’
    meal cooked outdoors, … roast
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    1. 1.1 A portable grill used for the preparation of food at a barbecue, or a brick fireplace containing a grill.
      • ‘Members on one picket line set up a barbecue to cook breakfast.’
      • ‘It's good for steaming and roasting and can be grilled or cooked on the barbecue - but watch out, as it tends to stick.’
      • ‘The ribs can be cooked on a medium-heat barbecue for about 20 minutes, but it is easier to control the temperature in an oven to avoid burning.’
      • ‘Salmon is delicious when cooked on a barbecue; it forms a delicious, caramelised crust and if cooked properly it will stay moist and succulent inside.’
      • ‘Leave to marinate for a couple of hours, then cook on a hot barbecue for about five minutes on each side.’
      • ‘Mr Kelly asked that everyone coming on the day to bring their own food, which can be cooked on a giant barbecue.’
      • ‘Although the counter also contains a gas-burning barbecue, the Elledges cook on the grill, with wood or charcoal as fuel, most of the time.’
      • ‘Time to turn on the barbecue and get things cooking.’
      • ‘There's nothing that can't be cooked on a barbecue and usually there's nothing that isn't.’
      • ‘Of course, all the meals are eaten outside, cooked on the barbecue.’
      • ‘And since he had just saved her from Billy's annual torture of meat at the barbecue, he was obviously nice and a gentleman.’
      • ‘Brush the langoustine with a little extra olive oil and grill on the barbecue until cooked.’
      • ‘‘While we want people to enjoy themselves in the National Park, they should avoid lighting barbecues and fires on the open moorland,’ he said.’
      • ‘Your guide cooks up evening meals on the barbecue or gas-powered range, while you can contemplate the sun setting somewhere out east of Timor.’
      • ‘I've cooked on some very nice barbecues and I've cooked on grills that are basically old toilet bowls or tanks with some metal wire draped across the openings.’
      • ‘They also cooked their own evening meals on barbecues.’
      • ‘The women all cook together on dow tarns - wood fire barbecues out the back.’
      • ‘Consider cooking on an outside barbecue grill or use a microwave oven, which does not generate as much heat and uses less energy than a gas or electric range.’
      • ‘This keeps them firm so they cook evenly on the barbecue.’
      • ‘Complement your healthy summer lifestyle with fresh food cooked on the barbecue.’
      grill, rotisserie
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    2. 1.2North American Food cooked on a barbecue.
      • ‘It may be all-you-can eat, but this isn't your father's barbecue, fellow peers.’
      • ‘Throughout the weekend, club members and their families came by to eat barbecue and many side dishes.’
      • ‘But, with beautiful weather, lots of sleep, strawberries, ice cream and barbecue - what more can you really ask for?’
      • ‘The food is quite good - Mexican, barbecue, chili, shrimp and chicken-fried steak, an acquired taste.’
      • ‘Further attractions are Latina, for Brazilian barbecue, and the Golden Elephant Thai Restaurant.’
      • ‘We fed everyone loads of barbecue and cake, no big deal.’
      • ‘Kentucky substitutes mutton for pork and in Texas, barbecue is all about beef.’
      • ‘The Carolinas can rightfully claim to be the cradle of American barbecue and Texas is by far the brisket capital of the world.’
      • ‘As a preventative measure, don't drink anything carbonated while you eat Korean barbecue.’
      • ‘We would be eating pizza or barbecue food, not spaghetti by candlelight.’
      • ‘On the northwest corner is pulled lamb shoulder reminiscent of barbecue accompanied by thin rings of pickled red onion.’
      • ‘Roses or blush wines that border on the sweet side also pair well with informal food such as barbecue.’
      • ‘In New York, demand for great barbecue tends to outstrip supply.’
      • ‘There's a fun tour of a lollipop factory and tips on making good barbecue.’
      • ‘What could be better than barbecue, beer and football?’
      • ‘Wade, is it true that you had eaten barbecue, were throwing up over people, had a broken arm, and it was gushing blood, all while you were playing?’
      • ‘The white bread was still pristine and soft, fresh but somehow infused with the heady scent of barbecue.’
      • ‘Trust me, to a pig, the smell of barbecue isn't exactly romantic.’
      • ‘I ate burritos in New Mexico, barbecue in Memphis and a steak the size of a hubcap in Minneapolis.’
      • ‘In the evening festivities got under way with a barbecue, fish and chip supper and skittles match at the Rose and Crown pub on Lower High Street.’

verbbarbecued, barbecues, barbecuing

[with object]
  • Cook (meat, fish, or other food) on a barbecue.

    ‘fish barbecued with herbs’
    ‘barbecued chicken’
    • ‘Once the coals are covered in a fur of white ash, start by barbecuing a few vegetables.’
    • ‘In this dish, boneless chicken, after being barbecued, is cooked with spices giving the chicken a fragrant taste.’
    • ‘Dad barbecued some steaks, and Mom made potato salad and corn on the cob.’
    • ‘Thick, succulent tuna steaks are first marinated in a simple dressing, and then barbecued until just cooked.’
    • ‘Nobody knows more about barbecuing meat than the Argentinians.’
    • ‘But when a group of golfers strode across the course at Skipton, the last thing they expected to see was a party of Iraqis barbecuing their burgers just beyond the second green.’
    • ‘Freshly caught octopus hang out to dry on a washing line before being barbecued.’
    • ‘Then spend the afternoon barbecuing steaks and sausages while catching up with friends and family.’
    • ‘For the first few steaks I barbecued this season, I used the prepackaged marinades.’
    • ‘This Georgian-influenced recipe can be barbecued or grilled, but the meat must be marinated overnight.’
    • ‘The flesh is firm and sweet, lending itself to grilling and barbecuing, and to fish stews such as this.’
    • ‘Winthrop drifted by, fatigued from barbecuing supper.’
    • ‘Peppers and tomatoes can be barbecued on the skewers between meat pieces.’
    • ‘I was looking forward to barbecuing this summer, but now I hear it's not a safe way to cook meat.’
    • ‘I had a dream about barbecuing a yak as some sort of retribution.’
    • ‘When the American Institute for Cancer Research issued guidelines for barbecuing meat safely, this somehow reminded Corcoran of the Nazi era.’
    • ‘I once barbecued a whole fillet of beef marinaded in a bottle of Jack Daniel's and enclosed in tinfoil.’
    • ‘While Stephen and Louis sat down on the sand drinking beer and talking, Jessica and Cecilia took turns in barbecuing the yummy food.’
    • ‘On the veranda, a chef in gaucho clothing was barbecuing a variety of Argentine meats.’
    • ‘At rural banquets, entire cows are barbecued slowly with their hides.’
    cook outdoors, grill, spit-roast
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Spanish barbacoa, perhaps from Arawak barbacoa ‘wooden frame on posts’. The original sense was ‘wooden framework for sleeping on, or for storing meat or fish to be dried’.

Pronunciation

barbecue

/ˈbärbəˌkyo͞o//ˈbɑrbəˌkju/