Cue or que?
SO, is it barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, Bar-B-Q, Bar-B-Que or Barbie? Well, the truth is that most linguists and historians agree that the proper spelling is barbecue because it is derived from the Taino Indian word barbacoa from the Caribbean. And all those other spellings? Well, they’re mostly just colloquial references to the same thing.
There has been some confusion about the variant spellings and many stories that have evolved to explain them.
Check out amazingribs.com where barbecue expert Craig Goldwyn — also known as “Meathead” or the “Barbecue Whisperer” — dispels some myths about the origin of the word.