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Natives, Spaniards Originated Barbecue in 1500s

ICTMN Staff
7/5/14
While enjoying your barbecue ribs or sandwich over Fourth of July weekend, thank your Indian ancestors for passing on our foodways. 
 
Barbeque authority Lake E. High Jr. traces the origins of America's beloved food back to the early Spansih settlement of Port Royal in Beaufort County, South Carolina, in the 1500s. 
 
The Spanish brought the livestock, but barbecue came about thanks to the Indian tradition of slow-cooking with smoke. 
 
“So, in that first fateful coming together, way back in the 1500s, the Spanish supplied the pig, and the Indians showed them how to cook it," High told the columbiastar.com. "That is when authentic barbeque was first eaten." 
 
Barbecue stems from the Taino/Arawak word for barbacoa.
 
According to High, only pork can be called true barbeque--“cooked over very low, indirect heat for a very long time. It also must be kissed by the airborne marinade of smoke. No smoke, no barbeque,” he says.
 

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hesutu
Submitted by hesutu on
Yes barbecuing is something indians did, but it's also a common way to cook in a lot of indigenous cultures. The detail though that barbecue didn't exist until europeans brought their pigs is strange though, since it is acknowledged that it is something indians did before europeans came. Similar reasoning to how we were discovered. An indigenous person does not exist until he is observed and "discovered" by a european. Indigenous herbal medicine, knowledge of animals, plants, places, and even ways of cooking are in some mysterious and amorphous state of non-existence until Schrodinger's Indian Box is opened and, through the mere observation by the white european, the indian and our ways suddenly come into existence. According to their perspective of course. No pork, no barbecue. Of interest, along with barbecue, those pigs also brought disease. Some pigs escaped and stayed behind and established feral populations. These populations killed indians even when europeans weren't around to pursue their manifest destiny. Tens of millions died because of what the escaped pigs brought.

Lynne McCreary
Lynne McCreary
Submitted by Lynne McCreary on
Now you really did not think you would get away with this one did you? You know you turn more white with every lie?

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Error- (Spanish) Typo says Spansih Barbeque authority Lake E. High Jr. traces the origins of America's beloved food back to the early Spansih settlement of Port Royal in Beaufort County, South Carolina, in the 1500s. Read more at
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