Grill It: What's the Difference Between Grilling and Barbecuing?

Article Posted By: Laura Sullivan

of The Home Depot

Vegetables and meat on a barbecue grill

Q: What’s the difference between grilling and barbecuing?

A: Glad you asked. The English language has really complicated this one. Technically, grilling is cooking something quickly over high heat, directly over a flame or coals. Barbecuing is cooking something over low heat with an indirect source, like smoldering wood.

But that’s just too straightforward, right? We’ve complicated things by calling the event in which people get together to grill a “barbecue.” There are also barbecue dishes, like the famous Kansas City BBQ, and so forth. (If you are speaking English as a second language, you officially qualify as a genius.)

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