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In this blog let’s explore the history of bbq and its origins. Back in 1492 when the Spaniards and Columbus stumbled upon the land of America, they discovered the people of Taino smoking meat on a wooden framework holding on with the sticks set above the fire. The Spanish conquerors then embraced this style of roasting and spread it to more places in America and other countries.There have been many words adopted for into the english literature including of ‘barbacu’d’,’barbacado’ and ‘barbaqued’ finally evolving into ‘barbeque’ or ‘BBQ’ in short.

First charcoal grill: 1952

After hundreds of years, in 1952 George Stephen came up with an idea that changed the perspectives of people on barbeque. George was a welder at Weber Brothers Metal Works, he cut a metal buoy in two equal pieces to make a dome shaped grill. He used the first piece as a lid that seals the flavor in and distributes heat, and adds ventilations to get oxygen to maintain the fire, this grill is known as weber grill.

Charcoal to bottled propane grill: 1960

To make customers buy more natural gas, William G. Wepfer and Melton Lanecaster from the Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company redesigned a charcoal grill to work on bottled propane. Even though the resulting grills were expensive, they were easier to use and soon became everyone’s favorite. 

First electric grill: 1994

In 1994 the first ever electric grill was invented known as ‘George Foreman Grill’ . It was named like this because it was firstly used by George Foreman in the popular TV show ‘The Office’. The first electric grill was invented by Michael W. Boehm, a tinkerer who was born in Chicago in 1944 and was raised in  South Bend. His mother was a painter and sculptor, and his father used to design cars for Studebaker. Boehm during his youth studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and after that worked in the profession of industrial designer for a number of companies. In 1993, while working as the general manager at electronics manufacturing company Tsann Kuen USA, Boehm got an idea of creating a small size indoor grill that could cook food on both sides simultaneously and sit at an angle that the fat could drain off easily.

World’s Largest Grill: 2004

World’s Largest Grill was built in 2004 on the Discovery Channel’s Big show. The measures of the grill were 15 feet 3.75 inches high, 20 feet 2.25 inches wide, and 8 feet deep. In the history of bbq  this is still the largest grill to ever exist and it also holds a genussie book of world record for being the largest grill ever made in the history of bbq.

Barbeque Nowadays

Nowadays, barbeque grills have raised their technologies more than ever, more and more achievements are being achieved by the grill. Hosting a BBQ now has become one of the nation’s favorite activities. Specifically during the national lockdown, the amount of barbeque families has reached the peak. The outdoor grill sessions have been getting more and more people’s favorite, outdoor grills are also used in parties nowadays to make the finest cooked meat and make the guests eat the best cooked meat. The Australia barbeque grills market value is anticipated to grow from US$ 1,591 million in 2023 to US$ 2,273 million by the end of the year 2028; it is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2023-2028. If you are looking to buy some original grills which are still based on the format from  the past with the Spanish inspired Argentinian Grills then try Kankay BBQs and Grills.