The history of the barbecue goes a long way back, originating from a special method of cooking meat on a wooden platform over open fire smoke. This wooden platform could be described as the first barbecue. Caribbean people were cooking their meat dishes this way for hundreds of years, and upon the arrival of the Spaniards, pork became the primary meat used. In principle, not much has changed to this day, other than how impressive barbecues now look. It is to be noted, however, that over time the word barbecue has become a synonym for grilling. A barbecue smoker like Joe's Barbeque Smoker offers you the possibility to quickly cook small cuts of meat with high heat, and at the same time slowly prepare larger pieces of meat in the smoke.