Fire It Up…

May is National Barbecue Month. Some etymologists believe the word barbecue comes from the Timucuan Indian word “baribicu” meaning “sacred fire.”

"Mode of Drying Fish, Wild Animals, and other Provisions," from an engraving by Theodor de Bry

“Mode of Drying Fish, Wild Animals, and other Provisions,” from an engraving by Theodor de Bry

There is no doubt that barbecue and barbecuing is sacred to many Floridians today and was certainly enjoyed by the Timucuans of yesterday. From the meat lover to the vegan, Florida’s beautiful spring weather demands that we come together for a barbecue!

Barbecue at the Koreshan Unity, Estero, ca. 1945

Barbecue at the Koreshan Unity, Estero, ca. 1945



 

Barbeque at the annual cattle round-up, Big Cypress Reservation, 1949

Barbeque at the annual cattle round-up, Big Cypress Reservation, 1949

 

Barbecuing ribs at the Mathews Bridge barbecue, Jacksonville, 1953

Barbecuing ribs at the Mathews Bridge barbecue, Jacksonville, 1953

 

Barbecuing at the boat-a-cade, Kissimmee, 1955

Barbecuing at the boat-a-cade, Kissimmee, 1955

 

Barbecued corn on the cob, Tallahassee, 1961

Barbecued corn on the cob, Tallahassee, 1961

 

Family picnic at Lake Talquin, Leon County, 1963

Family picnic at Lake Talquin, Leon County, 1963

 

Tallahassee Fire Department Lt. Tommy E. Roberts grilling with his daughters, Tallahassee, 1968

Tallahassee Fire Department Lt. Tommy E. Roberts grilling with his daughters, Tallahassee, 1968

 

Barbecuing at the Florida Folk Festival, White Springs, 1983

Barbecuing at the Florida Folk Festival, White Springs, 1983

 

Rosalie Pitts (L) and Rovenia Certain barbecuing at the Zora Neale Hurston Festival, Eatonville, 1991

Rosalie Pitts (L) and Rovenia Certain barbecuing at the Zora Neale Hurston Festival, Eatonville, 1991

 

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