BBQ Dictionary - A Glossary of BBQ Terms

Welcome to the BBQ Dictionary!

The BBQ Dictionary is an ongoing effort to understand, define, and document the world of BBQ.
Spatchcock

What is Spatchcock? Spatchcock or “Spatch” is the procedure for butterflying a chicken, turkey, Cornish game hen, or other fowl to lay out flat for cooking. The process involves cutting…

Cadillac Cut

The Cadillac Cut is a technique for cutting ribs.  It is also known as the Hollywood Cut. Instead of cutting the ribs by slicing the middle of the meat between…

Yardbird

Yardbird or Yard Bird is slang for chicken. The term originated in the South where chickens often ran around the yard. Yardbird was the nickname of the famous jazz sax…

Zest

Perhaps like me you came across a recipe for a BBQ marinade that called for lemon zest and didn’t have a clue what it was.  If that’s the case we’re…

Packer Brisket

A Packer Brisket (aka Whole Packer Brisket or Packer Cut Brisket) is a cut of beef that includes both the flat and the point of the brisket. The point and…

Operation BBQ Relief

The BBQ community is a close-knit supportive group.  If you’ve ever been in a BBQ competition you know how teams will help each other out. Operation BBQ Relief has taken…

Money Muscle

The Money Muscle is a prized piece of the pork butt because of its taste and tenderness. It is located parallel to and opposite the blade bone. The money muscle…

Texas Trinity

BBQ is a religious experience for many in Texas. And, the focus of this admiration is the Texas Trinity or Holy Trinity of Texas BBQ. The Texas Trinity includes brisket,…

Grand Champion (GC)

The Grand Champion or GC at a BBQ contest is the team with the most total points across all the competition categories. For a typical Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)…

Reserve Champion

The Reserve Champion at a BBQ contest is the team with the second most total points across all the BBQ competition categories. The Reserve Champion is the runner-up to the…