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Burger up! Hablamos sobre los asados en inglés

Fire up the grill because we’re going to talk about barbecue today! In Spanish we use the verb “hacer” or “to make” when talking about a barbecue or “asado”, but in English we either say “have a barbecue” or we just use “barbecue” as a verb by itself. For example, “Let’s have a family barbecue this Sunday!” or “Let’s barbecue next weekend to celebrate the 4th of July.” Here are some common words you’ll hear at a summer barbeque.

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The smoking hot grill

Chef: This is a person who is the king or queen of the barbecue! They grill all of the proteins

and vegetables on the barbecue.

· Ask the chef if the food is ready to eat!

· Are there any volunteers to be the barbecue chef?

Grill or Barbecue: Both of these words describe where you cook the food and they’re both

used as verbs to describe cooking the food.

· Throw a few burgers on the barbecue! (or grill)

· That smells amazing, what are you grilling? (or barbequing)

Charcoal: lumps of a black carbon residue that you light on fire in order to heat up the grill to

barbecue your food

· Will you grab a bag of charcoal on your way over to the barbecue?

· The charcoal is hot enough to cook the hotdogs and burgers now.

Charred: when something is burned slightly or burned to the point that it turns into charcoal.

· I like my burger so cooked that it’s charred!

· The tin foil was really charred after we used it to grill the salmon.

Burnt: When food is overcooked on the grill. If something is extremely burnt it’s common to

say that it’s “burnt to a crisp.”

· I accidently burnt the potatoes, but I think they’re still salvageable.

· They completely forgot about the hamburger and hotdog buns on the grill, so they

were burnt to a crisp.

Lighter fluid: a highly flammable liquid fuel that’s used to help start a fire.

· Throw some lighter fluid on the charcoal so we can get the barbecue going.

· You only need a little bit of lighter fluid to start a fire.


Flame(s): the glowing, gaseous part of the fire.

· When you see flames coming from the grill you know that it’s time to cook!

· You can feel the heat on the barbecue coming from the flames.

Sizzle: A hissing sound that food makes when it’s cooking.

· I’ll flip the burgers when they start to sizzle.

· I love the sound of sizzling hot dogs!

Season: Something you add to food to enhance the flavor. For example, you can season

vegetables, tofu or meat with salt, pepper, herbs, spices, etc.

· Maria Teresa does the best job seasoning the tofu.

· We weren’t big fans of how the steaks were seasoned, they could’ve used a little less


Marinate (verb): To soak meat or vegetables in a sauce with spices and oil before grilling it

on the barbecue in order to give it a particular flavor.

· Sebastian has the best recipes for marinating the chicken.

· Let the sweet peppers and onions marinate overnight before grilling them.

Marinade (noun): A sauce you soak meat or vegetables in before cooking.

· I can share my pork marinade recipe with you if you’d like.

· This sweet and sour marinade makes the chicken taste amazing!

Barbecue sauce: A popular sauce to put on barbecued food that’s made out of vinegar,

tomato paste, or mayonnaise.

· These chicken wings have the perfect amount of barbecue sauce on them!

· My grandpa makes the best barbecue sauce I’ve ever tasted!

Skewer: The metal or wooden stick you put pieces of meat or vegetables on (similar to an

“anticucho”, but it can be used for vegetables too. It’s also called a shish kabob).

· Let’s put about six pieces of meat on each skewer.

· Grill the skewer with vegetables over a gentle heat so they don’t burn.

Don’t forget the vegetarians

Obviously, there are lots of people who don’t eat meat, so it’s not uncommon to have a barbecue with alternative protein options like tofu burgers, veggie burgers, bean burgers, and tofu dogs. These are all very tasty options for any non-meat eater!

For the meat eaters

It’s common for someone to ask “how do you want your steak cooked?” at a barbecue, so here are a few answers you can give them to make sure your meat is cooked to perfection.

· Rare: the meat is lightly cooked and still red/tender in the middle

*Tip: If someone says they want their meat “still mooing” that means they like their meat

extremely rare

· Medium rare: it’s more cooked and firmer than rare meat, with the middle being pink

· Well done: The meat is firm and is a brownish, gray color (no sign of pink or red)

· Overcooked: The meat is black and has been burnt

Note: It’s also common to say “grill out” or “cookout” instead of having a barbecue. Another common spelling for “barbecue” is “barbeque.”

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