Written By: Kate Makogon
The first and most important thing – “barbecue” is actually not everywhere called “barbecue”. Being widely spread in USA and Western Europe, the word has become well-known worldwide. However, many countries and regions in the world have not only their own name for barbecue, but also different beliefs and traditions of grilling meat. So.. let’s make a trip around the planet and discover them?
Traditional way of preparing Mongolian barbecue goes deep into history. The legend says that soldiers of the Mongol Empire soldiers cooked their meals on a heated stone. However, nowadays this way of preparing meat is not commonly used, and can be mostly seen only in traditional restaurants.
While in most of the countries of the world barbecue is usually an outside event, in Korea it is always made inside the house. During the process of grilling, people sit around a table waiting for the cooked food, and the grill is kept with hoods on the table.
Estonians love barbecue a lot, but there’s one special day – Jaanipäev, or Midsummer Day, which is a day with the longest days and the shortest nights of the year. On this day, traditionally almost ALL Estonians gather in big and small companies of friends, relatives or neighbours to have a good time and of course, grill the meat together!
In Russia, barbecue is called “shashlik”, which is a form of Shish kebab. The most popular days for making shashlik are May holidays, when many people are going out of the cities for picnics. It is believed that only men can make a really good shashlik, and this is tradition is followed even nowadays.
In Georgia, the name for barbecue is “mtsvadi”, but also it is often called – “the dish of the kings”. The meat should be grilled only outside, and only over a grape vine wood fire. Similar like in Russia, only men are usually doing mtsvadi.
One of the most interesting traditions belongs to Brazil and its gaucho way of making barbecue. The traditional way of making a gaucho grilled meat calls for a large skewer, most likely a huge piece of beef rib, and a hole in the ground where the fire is lit, and slow cooking
In Argentina, the host most likely will not allow the guests to participate in grilling, since preparing the meat is considered to be responsibility of the host. However, in the end of the asado (this is the local name for barbecue) everyone should give a round of applause for the host! Read more tips for attending an Argentinian asado in our blog.
Barbecue traditions may be different around the world. However, there is one thing which is common everywhere – barbecue is not only about food, but it’s always about spending time with our friends, relatives and beloved ones.
And which traditions exist in your country? Share with us in the comments!