But American-style barbecue is a United States original. Tough cuts of meat are smoked till tender and served with sauces ranging from sweet and spicy to tart and tangy. Low and slow is the national anthem, but the flavor notes vary by region.The true blue American BBQ, is all about hot smoking – otherwise known as cooking ‘low ‘n’ slow. ‘ This means cooking meat, from anywhere between 4 to 24 hours, over a low indirect heat in a smoke-filled chamber. The most famous dishes are whole hog BBQ, pork ribs, pulled pork shoulder and beef brisket.