If it wasn’t already pretty clear from the spelling, the origins of the word barbecue come from from the word barbacoa, found in many Amerindian languages spoken by indigenous people throughout modern-day Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and eastern Venezuela. So it's no surprise that the modern day Mexican tradition of roasting meat outdoors is called barbacoa. As a result, a huge part of eating barbacoa is how you eat it, often on some type of tortilla with different salsas. Throughout Mexico, and now the world, you can find barbacoa 24/7 from restaurants and taco stands. However, barbacoa is not something that people tend to just cook for a casual weeknight dinner.
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