Barbecue has been a staple in many cuisines. In fact, it is hard to find a culture where there aren’t any grilled dishes. However, few countries are particularly famous for their barbecue. Let’s have a look at some of the best kinds of barbecues. When we say the best kind, we mean both national cuisines and particular barbecue styles.
Barbecue Brings People Closer
The debate on which country has the best barbecue, or barbeque, has been long and ongoing. We don’t intend to settle it once as for all, for the simple reason that it can’t be done. However, we can shed light on the best grilled dishes and where they come from. Often a grilled dish originates from one country, but it gains popularity somewhere else.
We live in an era when everything spreads fast. Dishes that are traditional in one corner of the world can be found 3,000 miles away. That’s the power of the internet. A lot of things have changed since we have access to high-speed internet in most parts of the world. People can now participate in the same activities even if they reside in different parts of the world.
Anyways, enough about that, let’s talk of another thing that brings people together – barbecue.
Churrasco is actually the Portuguese word for barbecue, so if someone invites you to a churrasco party in Brazil, they are actually inviting you to a barbecue. There are many traditional restaurants called churrascarias in Brazil where grilled dishes are served. Even though Brazil is the best place to try traditional Brazilian barbecue, you will also find it in neighbouring countries, as well as in Portugal. The good thing about Brazilian barbecue is that it offers a lot more vegetarian options compared to Argentine barbecue, as the latter is a lot more meat oriented.
Indian Tandoori Barbecue
This may come as a shock to you, but some of the best and most popular Indian dishes, including the mega popular tandoori chicken are actually considered to be grilled dishes. That makes a lot of sense because dishes are cooked in an open-fire oven, so that’s technically barbecue.
Even naan bread is technically a grilled dish as it is also cooked in a tandoori oven. Many people in India are vegetarians, so it is not surprising that tandoori barbecue also features a lot of vegan and vegetarian options.
Another fact that might surprise you – Mongolian barbecue actually originates from Taiwan, despite the name. The Mongolian barbecue is a mixture of teppanyaki, a grilling technique that’s very popular in Japan and traditional Chinese stir-fry cooking. Pieces of meat, but also vegetables and noodles can be cooked on a Mongolian barbecue.