At Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack, we take our barbeque seriously. From our succulent beef brisket to our fried chicken, there’s a reason why we’ve been consistently ranked one of the best BBQ places in North Carolina. We know that you love our barbeque and barbeque catering, but in today’s post, we’re going to explain four facts that you probably didn’t know about barbeque. If you’re looking for the best BBQ in Corolla, Nags Head, or Duck, don’t waste your time by typing “North Carolina BBQ near me” on your computer — just head over to Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack!

BBQ Facts

Mysterious Origins 

You’re probably aware of the raging regional controversies surrounding different styles of BBQ. Kansas City folks will tell you that their thick, sweet BBQ sauce is the only way to dress up your ribs and smoked chicken, while Texas residents hold fast to their basting sauce — a thin glaze that adds a smoky flavor and moistens the meat. We’re not going to take a stand on this debate, primarily because we know that our type of BBQ is superior.

While regional debates about BBQ styles and sauces will probably continue for generations, another, more fundamental BBQ debate is raging that you probably didn’t know about. The word “barbeque” is an outgrowth of the Spanish word “barbacoa,” but not much is known beyond that fact. Some academics argue that its etymology is rooted in the word “barabicu,” a word used by Caribbean inhabitants to refer to a stick and post framework. A somewhat less credible theory is that the word is derived from the French expression “barbe à queue,” which means “beard to tail.” As you might have guessed, this expression refers to the process of skewering a whole animal — likely a pig — for a rotisserie-style meal.

Presidential Approval

Did you know that George Washington was a barbeque enthusiast? In fact, we have a diary entry from May 27, 1779 in which he wrote about staying all night at a barbeque event. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Harrison, and Abraham Lincoln’s parents are also reported to have been passionate about barbeque culture — if only our Founding Fathers could have tried the best BBQ places in North Carolina!

There’s a Science to DIY Heat Measuring

We’re willing to bet that you’ve probably misplaced your thermometer once or twice and used your hand to evaluate the heat of your grill. In the event that you can’t find your thermometer, just use this guide to get an indication of your grill’s temperature!

Hold your hand about five inches away from your grill’s heat source and count the time it takes for your hand to become uncomfortable. The amount of time it takes will give you a good indication of your grill’s temperature. A time between two and four seconds means that the grill is extremely hot — probably in the range of 450 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can hold your hand above the grill for between five and seven seconds, then the heat is likely in the range of 350 to 425 degrees. If it takes between eight and 10 seconds before you yank your hand away from the grill, then the temperature is probably between 250 and 325 degrees — perfect for slow-n-low cooking!

National Barbeque Day is July 13

That’s right — there’s an entire day devoted to barbeque. While Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack believes that every day should be National Barbeque Day, we hope that you’ll stop by one of our BBQ restaurants in North Carolina to celebrate with us in the coming weeks.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for future posts in which we’ll continue to provide you with informative and tasty facts about barbeque culture! Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack has locations in Nags Head, Duck, and Corolla, and we would love to show you what makes our restaurants the best BBQ places in North Carolina. From our award-winning chicken to our famous BBQ ribs and brisket, there’s something for everyone in the family here at Sooey’s. If you’re planning a family get-together or a neighborhood party this summer, let us handle the cooking! Our BBQ catering is one of the best ways to provide your guests with a culinary experience they’ll never forget. We look forward to seeing you soon!