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Whether you're a barbecue beginner or just need a quick reference, our dictionary of common barbecue terms will have you speaking like a pit master in no time.

 

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding

A mixture of sweet vanilla custard and slices of banana. This delectable Southern dessert is traditionally topped with homemade whipped cream and vanilla cookie crumbles.

 

Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue Sauce
Barbecue Sauce

Could mean a variety of different flavors varying from a hickory-flavored paste to a vinegar-based sauce.

 

Barbecue

Barbecue
Barbecue

A delicious meat, cooked to a point of tenderness when it falls off the bone. Found in either shredded or chopped form and traditionally served between bread.

 

Barbecuing

Barbecuing
Barbecuing

Process of steaming or smoking meat until tender. This method has been passed down by generations of pit masters.

 

Bark

Bark
Bark

The crust that forms on the outside of the meat while it's being cooked. This is a collection of proteins and sugars that will make your taste buds holler with delight.

 

Caramelization

Caramelization
Caramelization

Glazing that occurs on the meat when the sugars turn brown from heat exposure. This is the outer shell of flavor before the meat is separated. Also known as "bark."

 

Cobbler

Cobbler
Cobbler

A deep dish dessert consisting of fruit layered between either a crust or biscuit. The fruit varies between peach, apple, blackberry, strawberry, cherry and blueberry.

 

Cole Slaw

Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw

A salad made from raw, shredded cabbage tossed with a dressing made from mayonnaise, buttermilk and/or vinegar. It is also commonly referred to simply as "slaw."

 

Direct Heat

Direct Heat
Direct Heat

The most effective method of cooking meat. Done by placing the meat directly on the heating source or grill.

 

Dry

Dry
Dry

Barbecue meat that will be served with a dry seasoning or rub as opposed to a Southern sauce.

 

Hash

Hash
Hash

A common side dish made of a mixture of chopped or diced meat, potatoes and onions for texture and spices that complement Southern barbecue.

 

Hickory

Hickory
Hickory

A type of wood chosen by pit masters to add flavor while smoking their meat.

 

Indirect Grilling

Indirect Grilling
Indirect Grilling

A method of slow cooking barbecue. Done either on the unlit side of the grill or over a drip pan under the grate of the grill.

 

Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese
Mac & Cheese

Noodles that have been boiled tender and smothered in a cheesy goodness that pairs perfectly with Southern barbecue.

 

Pork Skins

Pork Skins
Pork Skins

A snack made from the skin of the pig which has been dried, fried or roasted, and then seasoned. Also known as pork rinds.

 

Rub

Rub
Rub

A custom blend of spices that is rolled and rubbed into the barbecue meat before it is cooked.

 

Smoke Rings

Smoke Rings
Smoke Rings

A thin pink layer on the meat located just below the bark. This ring is proof that your meat has been cooked properly the Southern way.

 

Wet

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Wet

This could either mean steaming meat until it's cooked or barbecue that has been slow cooked on direct heat and brushed with any variety sauce.

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