If you agree with me, fried meat and fried fish don’t taste bad either, and of course, they serve a different purpose. You will also agree that Suya and Barbecue are nothing compared to the taste of these two. And did you know there is a different kind of joy to know you’re eating Suya at night wrapped beautifully in an old newspaper? Even so, as enjoyable as these two, there is still a difference between them, which will make an individual prefer one over the other. Read on to know.
What is Suya?
Nigerian street food suya is spicy skewered and grilled meat. West Africans love this snack. Suya is usually made with beef, but chicken and goat are also used. Peanuts, chilli peppers, ginger, and other spices are mixed with thin slices of meat and coated. The spiced meat is skewered and grilled until done. Suya can be eaten as a snack or a main course with rice or potatoes, sliced onions, and tomatoes: many Nigerians and West Africans like Suya for its smoky, spicy, and nutty taste. Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and Niger all eat Suya on the street. Roadside vendors grill and sell tasty snacks to passersby. A cold drink like a beer or soft drink cools the spicy seasoning in Suya. Suya-flavoured chicken wings and burgers have been created due to their popularity. West African cuisine is diverse and flavorful, and Suya is a must-try.
What is Barbecue?
Barbecue, or BBQ, is a method of cooking meat using smoke and/or direct heat from a fire or hot coals. It’s popular worldwide, especially in the US, where it’s associated with Southern cooking. Beef, pork, chicken, and fish can be barbecued. Before cooking, meat is marinated in spices or sauces to give it a unique flavour. Slow cooking tenderises the meat—smoke, grill, or roast Barbecue. Barbecue is served with coleslaw, baked beans, and cornbread at picnics, parties, and family gatherings. Barbecue styles vary in technique and taste. Texas-style Barbecue slow-cooks beef brisket over indirect heat, while Memphis-style Barbecue slow-cooks pork ribs in a smoker with dry rubs. Restaurants, food trucks, home grills or smokers serve Barbecue. Plant-based Barbecue using tofu, tempeh, or jackfruit as meat substitutes have grown in popularity. Barbecue brings people together to enjoy smoky flavours and good company.
Difference Between Suya and Barbecue
Suya and Barbecue are grilled meats enjoyed in different parts of the world. Suya is a Nigerian street food made with spiced meat, usually beef or chicken, skewered and grilled over an open flame. On the other hand, Barbecue is a type of grilled meat popular in the United States and involves slow-cooking meat over indirect heat, often with a unique blend of seasoning or sauce. Two significant differences between Suya and Barbecue are their origin, cooking method, and seasoning. Suya is primarily a West African dish, while Barbecue is a well-known American food tradition. Suya is cooked over an open flame, while Barbecue is cooked low and slow over indirect heat. Additionally, Suya is seasoned with a unique blend of African spices such as ginger, garlic, and cumin. At the same time, barbecue seasoning can vary depending on the region but often includes ingredients like paprika, brown sugar, and vinegar.