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What styles of barbeque exist in American cuisine?

There are many different techniques, practices and (of course) sauces that are given the label "Barbeque" (or BBQ, or Bar-B-Q, or....).

What are the various styles of BBQ, and what distinguishes them?

What (if anything) is/are the common threads that tie them all together?

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marked as duplicate by TFD, Mien, derobert, Sobachatina, Jefromi May 23 '12 at 20:58

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No matter what answers you get below, the true nature of BBQ is drinking beer while cooking stuff outside over hot coals. – Ward May 23 '12 at 4:47
which is a question you did not answer.... – Cos Callis May 23 '12 at 11:03
Delicious. BBQ is delicious. Often, crappy meat made INTO something delicious. – BobMcGee May 23 '12 at 14:42

You question has a short answer to it.

Barbeque - What you do on a gas or charcoal grill

BBQ - shredded, pulled or sliced pork, lamb or beef seasoned with a hot pepper and vinegar , mustard based, tomato based or mayo based sauce.

For more on BBQ the BBQ song -

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