Why We Love to Grill

  From yakiniku in Japan to shashlik in Russia, churrasco in Brazil to braai in South Africa, everyone loves a good barbecue. With centuries-old recipes and various traditions, no country or culture can claim the BBQ as their own. In America, however, thousands of people are trying hard to change that. The goal is to make the perfect barbecue and make it American.

  The KCBS, Kansas City Barbecue Society1, doesn't have a long history. What it has, though, is 10,000 members, which makes it the largest society for barbecuing on the planet. Their aim is to make American barbecue the absolute best in the world.

  When it comes to barbecue, they don't just mean grilling meat. They mean grilling lots of meat. The society's main activity is hosting barbecue contests all over the country. They put on more than 300 events every year. These contests are no small matter. People form special barbecue teams and travel from contest to contest. All of their efforts are meant for them to be ranked as the top barbecuers in the nation.

  The biggest BBQ event of the year happens at the Memphis May Festival. This is where hundreds of professional barbecue teams battle for the world championship title2 and US$90,000 in prizes. Who will be crowned the BBQ King? Like most affairs of food, it is a matter of taste.





《Building Your Vocabulary》
1. absolute a. 絕對的(強調語氣用)
You're an absolute fool to break up with her.
2. host vt. 主辦;主持
They asked a celebrity to host this event.
3. rank vt. 排行,排名(常用被動態)
Lily was ranked fifth in the singing contest.
4. crown vt. 為……加冕
Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953.

《Phrases for Learning》
1. put on...  舉行∕演出……(活動,節目等)
Jason put on a magic show for his kids.
2. be no small/laughing matter  絕不是小事∕開玩笑的事(表某事必須嚴肅對待)
Your personal health is no laughing matter.
3. be meant (for + 人) to + 原形動詞  意在(使某人)……
This book is meant to help you with writing.
4. it is a matter of...  只是……的問題
You will succeed. It's just a matter of when.

《Extra Word》
1. society n. 協會,社團
2. title n. 冠軍

The goal is to make...
Their aim is to make...
  上述兩句中的"to make"皆為名詞不定詞(to + 原形動詞),並且接在 be 動詞後作主詞補語。此時句中主詞均為表『意願;企圖』的名詞。
Gina's plan is to start working after she graduates from college.
Sandy's birthday wish was to find her Mr. Right quickly.