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Barbeque vs. Barbecue: Decoding the Right Spelling

Dua Fatima
Edited by Hifza Nasir || By Dua Fatima || Published on May 10, 2024
Barbeque is incorrect spelling while barbecue is correct, referring to a method of cooking food over an open fire.
Barbeque vs. Barbecue

Which is correct: Barbeque or Barbecue

How to spell Barbecue?

Barbeque is Incorrect

Barbecue is Correct

How to remember correct spelling of Barbecue?

Visualize a BBQ as a BAR where they CUE up food.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024
Think of the word "barbed" without the "d", then add "cue".
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024
Say it as "bar-be-CUE" emphasizing the CUE to remind yourself of the correct spelling.
Hifza Nasir
Hifza Nasir
May 10, 2024
Remember the cue in barbeque is misleading; drop the 'que' for 'cue'.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024
Associate the word with the original Spanish "barbacoa", and notice the absence of "que".
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

How to use Barbecue correctly in a sentence?

Incorrect: We're having a barbeque party this weekend.
Correct: We're having a barbecue party this weekend.
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024
Incorrect: Can you recommend a good barbeque recipe?
Correct: Can you recommend a good barbecue recipe?
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024
Incorrect: The barbeque sauce is too spicy for me.
Correct: The barbecue sauce is too spicy for me.
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024
Incorrect: I love the smoky flavor of a good barbeque.
Correct: I love the smoky flavor of a good barbecue.
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024
Incorrect: She bought a new barbeque grill for the summer.
Correct: She bought a new barbecue grill for the summer.
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

Barbecue Definitions

A method of cooking food over an open fire or on a grill.
They had a barbecue in the backyard and grilled burgers.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
A sauce typically made with vinegar, spices, and tomatoes used for flavoring meat.
She loves her steak with a side of tangy barbecue sauce.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
A grill or a pit used for cooking food outdoors.
He just assembled a new barbecue for the patio.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
Food, especially meat, cooked in this manner.
The barbecue ribs at that restaurant are the best!
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Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023
A social gathering where food is cooked outdoors.
We're invited to a neighborhood barbecue next Saturday.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue Example Sentences

We are having a barbecue this weekend.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
The smoke from the barbecue smelled delicious.
Hifza Nasir
Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023
Can you pass the barbecue sauce?
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
Mom bought a new barbecue grill.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
Dad is barbecuing some chicken for dinner.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
Don't forget to bring the barbecue tools.
Hifza Nasir
Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023
The park has a spot for a barbecue.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
We need charcoal for the barbecue.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
My favorite is barbecue ribs.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
Let's have a barbecue at the beach.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Oct 23, 2023
Barbecue parties are so much fun!
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
How long will the barbecue last?
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
I love when we barbecue in the summer.
Hifza Nasir
Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023
The barbecue chicken was so tender and juicy.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023
Make sure to clean the barbecue after using it.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue Phrases

In the barbecue pit

In a challenging or tough situation.
After losing their biggest client, the company found itself in the barbecue pit.
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Shumaila Saeed
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Barbecue weather

Perfect outdoor weather, usually sunny and pleasant.
With skies this clear, it's definitely barbecue weather!
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

All sizzle, no barbecue

All hype and no substance; all talk, no action.
His promises were all sizzle, no barbecue.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Like a moth to a barbecue

Being irresistibly attracted to something, often to one's detriment.
He's always drawn to risky investments like a moth to a barbecue.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Firing up the barbecue

Starting something with enthusiasm, often a project or activity.
The team is firing up the barbecue on the new campaign.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue boost

An increase in energy or morale after an event or gathering.
The team-building event gave everyone a barbecue boost.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Turn up the barbecue

Increase the pressure or intensity.
We need to turn up the barbecue on our marketing strategies.
Hifza Nasir
Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023

Throw someone on the barbecue

To subject someone to tough scrutiny or criticism.
After that mistake, the media really threw him on the barbecue.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue the sacred cows

To challenge or get rid of long-held beliefs or practices.
It's time to barbecue the sacred cows and innovate our outdated methods.
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Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023

On the barbecue rack

Under intense scrutiny or pressure.
After the scandal, the CEO was on the barbecue rack.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue circuit

A series of events or gatherings, especially political ones where candidates meet voters.
The senator is on the barbecue circuit, rallying for votes.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue break

A short pause or respite, usually for relaxation or informal discussion.
Let's take a barbecue break after this meeting.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Oct 23, 2023

Spice up the barbecue

To add excitement or intrigue to a situation.
Their surprise announcement really spiced up the barbecue.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Better than a backyard barbecue

Exceptionally good or enjoyable.
Their wedding was better than a backyard barbecue, everyone had a blast!
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Give someone the barbecue brush-off

To dismiss or reject someone in a casual or offhand manner.
I thought we had a connection, but she gave me the barbecue brush-off.
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Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue beacon

Something that attracts a lot of attention or interest.
The new product became a barbecue beacon in the tech world.
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Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue or bust

Determined to achieve something specific, in this case, to have a barbecue.
The weather might be unpredictable, but it's barbecue or bust for our family reunion.
Hifza Nasir
Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023

Bring to the barbecue

To contribute or add value to a situation or group.
He always brings insightful ideas to the barbecue during brainstorming sessions.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue bonds

Strong friendships or connections made during informal gatherings.
Our barbecue bonds from college days are still going strong.
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Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023

Barbecue baloney

Nonsense or deceitful talk related to exaggerations.
I don't believe his tales anymore; it's all barbecue baloney.
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Hifza Nasir
Oct 23, 2023

Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can "barbecue" be used as both a noun and a verb?

Yes, "barbecue" can refer to the cooking method itself, the event where food is served, or the device on which food is cooked (noun). It can also mean the act of cooking food in this manner (verb).
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

What is the origin of the word "barbecue"?

The term "barbecue" is derived from the Spanish word "barbacoa", which itself probably comes from indigenous Caribbean terms for a wooden framework used for cooking meat over an open fire.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

Are there any common phrases or idioms using "barbecue"?

Yes, there are phrases like "all sizzle and no barbecue" (all hype, no substance) and "firing up the barbecue" (starting something with enthusiasm).
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
May 10, 2024

Is "barbeque" or "barbecue" the correct spelling?

The correct spelling is "barbecue", though "barbeque" is sometimes used colloquially or for stylistic reasons, such as in business names.
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

Is "BBQ" an accepted abbreviation for "barbecue"?

Yes, "BBQ" is a widely accepted abbreviation for "barbecue" and is often used in casual contexts or signage.
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

Are there regional differences in the use of "barbeque" vs "barbecue"?

In most English-speaking regions, "barbecue" is the preferred spelling. However, "barbeque" might be more commonly seen in informal contexts or in certain business names, irrespective of the region.
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

Is "barbecue" related to any other languages apart from Spanish?

While "barbecue" is believed to be derived from the Spanish "barbacoa", it's thought that "barbacoa" itself has Taino roots, an Arawakan language of the Caribbean.
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

What is the plural form of "barbecue"?

The plural form is "barbecues".
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Hifza Nasir
May 10, 2024

Can "barbecue" be used in a figurative sense?

Yes, "barbecue" can be used figuratively to describe being in a tough situation or under scrutiny, as in "being on the barbecue".
Dua Fatima
Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

How has the meaning of "barbecue" evolved over time?

Originally referring to a wooden structure used in cooking, "barbecue" has evolved to mean the cooking method, the event, the device, and even a type of food, especially meat cooked in a certain manner.
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

What does "barbecue" mean in culinary terms?

In culinary contexts, "barbecue" often refers to a method of cooking where food, especially meat, is cooked slowly over low, indirect heat, often with the smoke of wood or charcoal.
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Shumaila Saeed
May 10, 2024

What are some synonyms for "barbecue"?

Some synonyms include "grill", "cookout", and "roast", though the exact synonym might depend on the context in which "barbecue" is being used.
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Dua Fatima
May 10, 2024

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