4 Ways To Use the Word Barbecue in English – Vocabulary Lesson

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I have a gas barbecue. I love to use it because I think barbecued food tastes better than food cooked in the kitchen. In my family, we barbecue all year round. In the winter, I clear the snow off the barbecue and start cooking. We often invite friends over for a barbecue in the summer. Everyone enjoys spending time outside on a nice day eating deliciously barbecued food!

For today’s English lesson, I want to show you four ways we use the word barbecue in English. Have a look at the paragraph above once more, and then check the lesson below.

  1. Barbecue is a verb. It means to cook food on an outside grill
    1. I barbecued the steaks and sausages for dinner.
    2. Do you like to barbecue in the summer time?
    3. Jane cooks in the kitchen, but Jack barbecues in the backyard
  2. Barbecue is a noun that means an outside grill:
    1. We bought a new barbecue last summer. It’s easy to use.
    2. Do you prefer a gas or charcoal barbecue?
    3. Yoshi has a portable barbecue that he uses on camping trips.
  3. Barbecue as a noun is also used to mean an outdoor party where food is cooked on an outside grill. Note that we usually don’t say, barbecue party because the word barbecue by itself means party.
    1. Joe is having a big barbecue at his house to celebrate his 50th birthday.
    2. I went to a barbecue last night and pigged out on hotdogs.
    3. We were invited to two different barbecues on the Fourth of July.
  4. Lastly, we use the past participle, barbecued as an adjective to describe food which is cooked on an outside grill:
    1. The kids really love to eat barbecued corn.
    2. My friend Paul likes to make barbecued pizza!
    3. Yakitori is barbecued chicken on a stick.

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