Just where did the term barbeque originate? The Oxford
English Dictionary states that the word barbeque
was derived from the Spanish word barbacoa which itself
was taken from a Haitian word barbacoa, meaning "a
framework of sticks set upon posts." Meats and fish were placed
on these posts and slowly cooked.
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theory is that French-speaking pirates in the Caribbean, upon
observing a pig being roasted whole by the Natives, described
this cooking method as being de barbe en queue, that
is, "from beard to tail."
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Hale, author and barbeque expert, explains: "I recently had
the good fortune to correspond with Peter Guanikeyu Torres,
President and Council Chief of the Taino Indigenous Nation
of the Caribbean and Florida. He . . . translated barbeque
from Taino language as follows: Ba from Baba
(father), Ra from Yara (place), Bi from
Bibi (beginning), Cu from Guacu (the
sacred fire), or 'the beginning of the sacred fire father.'
He further explained that Taino barabicoa means 'the
stick stand with four legs and many sticks of wood on top
to place the cooking meat.' He advised that Taino barabicu
means 'the sacred fire pit.' "