And I shall retort:
Barbecue - The origin of the word traces back to a framework of green sticks used by Indians of the Caribbean to cook game and fish. The Spanish explorers, drawing upon Taino, an Amerindian language, called the framework a barbacoa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines barbecue as meat cooked by the direct action of dry heat created from the burning of hardwood or hot coals until a brown crust is formed.
Oooooh, this oughta really get the dabate going
So if one is not using burning hardwood or hot coals, they are, by definition, not barbecuing.....
Friends, I am not really a fanatic about this. The Taino people did not have propane or natural gas to use whilst cooking- so therefore the question is mute. But we must ask ourselves, if, in fact they did, would they have used it? I love the great debate!
The fact of the matter is that the final product can be no better than the sum of the ingredients- therefore, get yourself some good meat, some good spices, some good drink, surround yourself with some good friends and some good music, and the outcome is sure to be a success- heat source would be a matter of preference.
PS Bob, I just viewed your pics, I don't know how they got by me before. All I can say is - VERY impressive! You are quite the Spatchcocker!
It gives me a warm and fuzzy to know that you are thinking about me