3.2 What are the origins of barbecue?
[Where did the name 'barbecue' originate?]
Here is one explanation from the Georgia Journal July/August 1997
Spanish conquistadors picked up the word barbacoa, a raised platform,
from the Arawak people of the Caribbean. When DeSoto's men came through Georgia in 1540,
they described natives near the Ocmulgee River roasting venison and turkeys over coals on
a similar device, making it the first barbecue recorded in North American history. So when
it comes to barbecue, we Georgians can rightfully claim to know what we're talking about.
Except, of course, that we don't always agree . . . "