Vocabulary:

barbecue      raw      diet      grill     rack    tongs   

Barbecues are an American tradition and an essential part of the summertime. We love to cook hotdogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, ribs, sausages, and vegetables on our outdoor grills. If you live in the suburbs, you’ll have everyone over to your house. When they get there, you will hang out in the backyard. If you live in the city, you’ll meet up in the park, where the city has public grills installed for anyone to use.

Barbecues are about socializing

Most importantly, at your barbecue, you have to invite friends over. This is so you can catch up on what’s happening in their lives. You can gossip about the neighbors and talk about how proud you are of your kids’ grades in school. While you’re talking, argue about which sports team is the best or just chat about what’s new in the world. Good friends will talk about work and politics and older people will talk about how things just “aren’t like they used to be”.

Barbecue

The picture above shows cooked hamburger meat (ground beef) that is on the bottom rack of the grill. It also shows corn on the cob that is individually wrapped in pieces of aluminum foil and sitting on the top racks. On the lower rack, all the way over on the right side, there are some hamburger buns that have just been put on the grill. They will be there for only a minute or two so that they can get toasted.

People generally drink juice, beer, soda, or seltzer. They turn on their favorite music and go for a swim in pools or run around in the sprinklers to cool off. There is always one person in charge of cooking who watches the grill to make sure none of the meat burns too badly. That person uses tongs to turn hot dogs and corn on the cob. He or she also uses a spatula to flip the burgers and ribs when one side is fully cooked.

Keeping it healthy

Salad

A salad is important for a balanced diet.  For example, someone made this salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, red peppers and red onions. It will be dressed with oil & vinegar and salt & pepper.  However, the majority of people are barbecuing so that they can eat the following:  hot dogs in buns, dressed with mustard, ketchup or relish; hamburgers in buns, dressed with ketchup and mustard; short ribs dressed with BBQ sauce; clams soaked in butter and lemon juice. The American diet is heavy on meat, and the food at a barbecue is no exception!

Questions

BBQ Open Grill

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Writing

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