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Oct 11, 2013 08:25 AM

"Q" - using the letter instead of the word "barbecue"?

This seems so silly but any time I see or hear someone use "Q" instead of "barbecue," it sounds like an affectation to me. But I don't travel in those circles so perhaps someone can clue me in. Is "Q" just being super cooler than anything else? :)

(I warned you this was silly!)

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    1. I think it's just briefer, not cooler. And kind of no consequence to me.

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      1. re: mcf

        And that may be. But it seems somehow like "Frisco," "LaLa Land," "The Big Apple," etc. That the only people who use those terms don't live there. Does that make sense??? :)

        1. re: c oliver

          I guess, but honestly, I think it's possible to overthing this stuff.

          Just saynzall. :-)

      2. Very Texan. Texans avoid words with 3 or more syllables, including the word syllable.

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        1. re: Veggo

          Veggo, I know you've spent a lot of time here in Texas, but I never here that in SE Texas where I'm from. We never say let's go get some Q or have you tried the Q there. Also, never see it in print. Where I do see it on Chowhound is places that are longing for good BBQ, but lacking quality and depth, specifically the Toronto board and the Northeast, excluding New York City where they have made strides albeit at ridiculous prices.

          1. re: James Cristinian

            Good to know. So maybe a little like the "Frisco" thing. A little bit of wannabe perhaps :)

            1. re: James Cristinian

              Yes, NYC has made incredible strides in its BBQ. But the rents are so high the prices are ludicrous, except for a few places.

            2. re: Veggo

              To be fair, the word 'syllable' has way too many 'bles.

              1. re: MGZ

                Oh, praise be! :)

                Now I've never hung out with "pitmasters" and the like but do they use that term?

                1. re: c oliver

                  Way I see it, most guys with callouses on their palms don't shave everyday, and say words, not spell 'em. That bein' said, I'd never order "Q" off a menu, especially when it's part of a salad or a slider, but it's ok to leave a message on your girl's phone that says, "Sweetie, the 'cue should be ready 'round five. Is Momma comin'? And, tell your Sister's man he better not bring that fancy-ass beer again!"

                  After all, cookin' half a hog for more than half a day deserves more credit than some lame Twitter shorthand, no?

                  1. re: MGZ

                    Now that I can agree with! Except I still wouldn't say even "cue." But if someone talks like that all the time - and there's not a darn thing wrong with that - then it doesn't sound 'off.' But when someone mostly speaks the king's English and then drops into that jargon, it just sounds affected. And now that I'm getting into this type of cooking, I want to speak 'correctly.'

                    1. re: c oliver

                      I've seen and heard some serious barbecue folks use 'cue, Q in writing (I may have done this once, though it's def not my style, either) and really, it doesn't bug me the way, say Frisco does, frex.

                      Writing, I think I'll shorten to bbq if I shorten at all, but I don't think bbqers are the most persnickety linguists I've encountered.

                      1. re: mcf

                        And a topic for another thread, is what does the word even mean? I tend to use the words "grilling" or "smoking."

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Yes, that's been under discussion often. As expected, no consensus. :-)

                  2. re: c oliver

                    Yes, I've heard old school smokeheads use the term Q.

                    1. re: chileheadmike

                      JMF said below 'cue not Q but I guess if being said rather than written, one wouldn't know or care :)

                      1. re: c oliver

                        In the immortal words of Grandpa Fred: [Y]ou don't spell it, son, you eat it."

                        1. re: MGZ

                          My grandfather and my mermer on my Aunts in laws

                          Merer " Shit they are coming over to see the baby too"

                          Grandfather " oy just keep em eating and we wont have to talk to them"

                2. But what do they say for quiche? Oh, I forgot. Real men don't eat quiche.

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                  1. re: GH1618

                    Now THAT could be called Q! Just seems kinda faux-folksy. I'll be waiting for JMF to weigh in.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      What's wrong with quiche?

                      'Cue not Q... it's just lazy short talk. Regular ole folks, people in the bizz, whatever, everyone says 'cue. No big deal

                      1. re: JMF

                        Cool. So 'cue' but not 'Q'. Excellent. Now use it in a sentence as they used to say in school :) I can't see myself saying "I'm making 'cue for dinner tonight."

                    2. re: GH1618

                      WRONG- I can't believe that phrase became so viral, damn near everybody likes quiche