Barbecuing is described as a method of cooking tougher meats in low temperatures for a longer period of time. To an average American, a barbecue is any food cooked outdoors using a grill. However, there is so much more to barbecue than just grilling food outdoors. There are 4 distinct styles of barbecue in the American tradition: Kansas City, Texas, Carolina, and Memphis. These recipes make use of a whole pig smoker.
The Kansas City barbecue is known not for the way the meat is cooked for the its sticky, sweet, tomato-based BBQ sauce. Their sauce defines their BBQ and people from the place could easily distinguish a Kansas City BBQ from others. Not so much on beef, this sauce is commonly used on sticky smoked ribs and chicken.
The Texas BBQ uses the smoked brisket, the tough muscle found around the cow’s chest. The Texan style depends on the way the mixture of spices, salt, and sugar is rubbed and kneaded to the meat before the smoking process. While others use a whole pig smoker for their BBQ, a really good smoker is needed to cook the popular Texan BBQ overnight.
The Carolina type BBQ is made of pulled or shredded pork served with vinegar-based barbeque sauce. The pork are from the shoulder cuts of the pit-roasted whole hog. The most typical way is the pork is shredded once cooked, sauced and served in a sandwich. The meal comes with coleslaw. In Eastern North Carolina, the meal is served with hushpuppies and a glass of iced tea.
The Memphis barbecue features slow-cooked pork ribs in a smoke of a wood fire. Popular recipes require the ribs to be braised until they are tender then cooking them gently on a grill. Usually ribs are served dry as they come off the grill, or brushed with a special BBQ sauce before serving.
Try any of these styles and celebrate an American tradition! If you are not decided yet, read this article to find out why you should own a smoker. Finally, learn how to smoke a whole hog by watching this video!