The word Barbecue comes from the Caribbean ‘Barbacoa’ (you may recognize this menu item at Qdoba) – which derives its name from the island of Barbados!

 

Taking it back even further… the name of the island Barbados comes from the Spanish word ‘los Barbados’, which means “the bearded ones.” So, in a roundabout way, we get BBQ out of a word for a guy with a beard. Crazy, huh?