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It's summer time again here in Ireland and guess what? It's barbecue time !!! People often enjoy outings and gatherings with family and friends during summer, spending precious time together outside and the most common thing they love to cook and share with is the barbecue. Does it sound familiar to you too? I guess barbecue gives everyone a reason to stay outside while having a good time watching barbecue sizzling at the same time chatting and catching up with each other.  Summer comes only for few months and everyone is taking advantage while the sun is up. So having a great time outside feels like astounding.

Does anyone know why barbecue is called barbecue?  

Barbecue is a cooking method, grilling device, a style of food, and a name for a meal or gathering at which this style of food is cooked and served.[29] 

The word "barbecue" comes from the Caribbean word "barbacoa." Originally, a barbacoa wasn't a way of cooking food, but the name of the wooden structure used by Taino Indians to smoke their food. Due to the known diets of the Indians in question, it's likely that the first barbecue consisted of some sort of fish, creatures from the sea obviously being plentiful in the Caribbean. Besides used for cooking the structure of sticks could also be used as an area for sleeping, storage and shelter. Spanish explorers took the word barbacoa to Spain, where it appeared in print for the first time in 1526. For a while, barbacoa still referred to the structure that food was cooked in, but after a while people started using it to refer to the process of cooking food in a barbacoa and the cooked food itself. The first known instance of barbecue appearing in English print was in A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier, published in 1697. In this case, it referred to the structure as a place for sleeping. As you can see, the spelling was already starting to evolve, perhaps to make it easier for English tongues to pronounce. By 1733, it had started to mean a social gathering during which meat was grilled, as evidenced in B. Lynde's diary that year: " Fair and hot; Brown, barbacue; hack overset." About two decades  later, in 1755, the word "barbecue" was entered into Samuel Johnson's The Dictionary of the English Language. Today, there just as many spellings for barbecues as there are meanings for the term. Many people use barbecue, BBQ, Bar-B-Que and other variations thereof. That said, the "official" spelling is generally considered to be "barbecue" with a "c", similar to the original. While people may debate over what should be the correct spelling or what exactly constitute barbecue, there is one thing we can all agree on: a barbecue is definitely no longer a shelter or a sleeping structure![30]

In cooking barbecue, we can use different sort of meats such as pork, beef, chicken, and variety of sea foods, but in this recipe we are going to use the beef meat, specifically the sirloin meat which is a cut from the back of the animal. This cuts comes from the areas of the cow that do less work, thus it can be cook quickly on the grill creating a juicy succulent steaks. 

So let's dive in and make this juicy succulent beef barbecue and tell us your thoughts about it...

  • 500 - 600 gm sirloin beef meat
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce
  • 2 - 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of red chili powder

  1. Wash and clean the sirloin meat. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, to make a marinade, simply mix all the other ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Get a clean container and put the meat inside then pour the marinade. Make sure that it is evenly distributed all over the meat. 
  4. Store it in the fridge and marinate it for  at least 4 hours or overnight, so that the sauce will be  fully absorb.
  5. Once you have marinated it for certain period of time, you can grill it in a low fire or heat setting. This will cook the meat slowly without burning the outer part of the meat.
  6. You can use the marinade plus with few spoons of oil as a brushing while grilling in between to give a flavorful taste and shiny look of the meat.
  7. When both sides are cook, you can transfer it to the serving plate and its ready to serve!
  8. Barbecue is best served with rice and pickled papaya in the Philippines, but here in Ireland it is best served with garden salad...whatever your prefer it doesn't really matter as long as you are enjoying what you eat.... ENJOY!

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