Lexington, North Carolina is known as the Barbecue Capital of the World. October
is Barbecue Month there, with a month-long Annual Barbecue Festival. The city's first barbecue
restaurant opened in 1919; there are currently over 20 barbecue restaurants.
The first barbecuers may well have been prehistoric cavemen. Anthropologists say
they may have started roasting meat some 1.4 million years ago.Language development didn't occur
until 200,000 B.C. or later.Other sources say this originated in the Caribbean where the native
Indians used wood gratings over a slow fire to cook strips of meat.
The word "barbecue" may have come from the French phrase "barbe a queue" (from whiskers to
tail-The term refers to the original method in which a whole animal was cooked on a spit over
an open fire), or the Taino Indian word for their method of cooking fish over a pit of coals
(barbacoa). Another source says that roast mutton in Romanian translates into "barbec." So there
are several accounts that vary on the true origins of the word.