The Origin of Barbecue

What comes to mind when someone says the word "barbecue"? Is it the act of cooking or the food itself? (Possibly, you immediately think of our Lake of the Ozarks BBQ restaurant & smokehouse!) 

This word is both a noun and a verb and most likely makes your mouth start watering every time that you hear it. Have you ever wondered who first came up with this incredible way of preparing food? Today the Barn-B-Que Smokehouse in Lake Ozark has some interesting information for you about the origin of BBQ. Thanks to these beginnings, today we are able to create the best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks for you to enjoy. 

Barbecue History Lesson
The English word "barbecue" comes from the Spanish word "barbacoa". Word historians believe that barbacoa is derived from "barabicu" from the language of the Arawak people of the Caribbean as well as the Timucua people of Florida. Some say the word can be traced back to Haiti and translated as a "framework of sticks set upon posts." (Does that maybe sound like early "grilling" to you?) 

After Columbus landed in the Americas, his crew discovered the people there roasting meat over a grill made up of a wooden framework resting on sticks above a fire. The combination of the flames and the smoke the fire made surrounded the meat and gave it a fantastic flavor.   

While the standard spelling in our English language is "barbecue", it is also often referred to as "barbeque", "bar-b-que", "bar-b-q", and most commonly, good ol' quick and simple "BBQ." It doesn't really matter how you spell it. What truly matters is how it tastes! 

Bar-B-Que the Barn-B-Bue Way
Our Lake of Ozarks BBQ restaurant, bar, & smokehouse smokes up an amazing variety of savory meats daily. The perfect cooking time combined with our incredible recipes and out-of-this-world BBQ sauces creates a taste sensation that will leave you anxious to come back for more!  

We have a delicious selection of house BBQ sauces for you to choose from to enhance the smoked goodness each meat already contains. These include: 

  • House Sweet
    A sweet, slightly tangy sauce.
  • Tangy
    Similar to our sweet sauce but slightly thinner with more vinegar.
  • Mustard Sauce
    A Carolina-style vinegar-based sauce that's excellent with pork, turkey, or chicken.
  • Alabama White Sauce
    Our take on a mayonnaise, horseradish, and vinegar sauce. If you've never had one like this, you've got to give it a try. 
  • Tennessee Hot
    This one has a sweet start with a little heat on the back end, but not too much. 

Once you pair the fantastic flavors of our smoked BBQ with a signature side dish and one of our homemade desserts, we're sure you're going to be a fan of the Barn-B-Que Smokehouse. You can join us in the dining room 7 days a week beginning at 11:00 am or place an order to-go online through our website or by giving us a call at 573-693-9959. From our lake view restaurant or from your own table at home, we'll make sure it tastes great no matter where you choose to dine! 

Lake of the Ozarks’ Best Craft BBQ Smokehouse

14 Ravenwood Drive
Lake Ozark, MO 65049


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