Barbecue or barbeque (common spelling variant) (with
abbreviations BBQ & Bar-B-Q; Barbie, used chiefly in England
and Wales; Braai used in South Africa) is a method and
apparatus for cooking meat or poultry with the heat and hot
smoke of a fire, smoking wood, or hot coals of charcoal.
The term as a noun can refer to the meat, the cooking
apparatus itself (the "Barbecue grill" or simply "Barbecue")
or to a party that includes such food or such preparation
The term as an adjective can refer to foods cooked by
this method. The term is also used as a verb for the act of
cooking food in this manner.
Barbecue is usually done in an outdoor environment by
cooking and smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Restaurant
barbecue may be cooked in large brick or metal ovens specially
designed for that purpose.
Barbecue has numerous regional variations in many parts of