North Americans love their barbecue as much as Australians. It’s more than a meal – it is a social occasion. Barbecues can come in all shapes and sizes, from a brick box with a grill, to a new-fangled machine complete with wok and fridge. It can be fuelled by gas, coals or wood and is primarily used to cook meat. Using woods to smoke and flavour meats is popular.
A pair of good tongs is an essential complement to any barbecue. Barbecue tongs are longer than kitchen tongs to enable the cook to turn a piece of meat or sausage without getting burnt by the heat source below.
Barbecued meals with the flavour of smoke are popular throughout North America. Smokers may be charcoal, gas or electric.