1. A grill, pit, or outdoor fireplace for roasting meat.
a. A whole animal carcass or section thereof roasted or broiled over an open fire or on a spit.
b. A social gathering, usually held outdoors, at which food is cooked over an open flame.
3. Meat or seafood cooked in or served with barbecue sauce.
tr.v. bar·be·cued, bar·be·cu·ing, bar·be·cues
To roast, broil, or grill (meat or seafood) over live coals or an open fire, often basting with a seasoned sauce.
[American Spanish barbacoa, of Taíno origin.]
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