The word "barbecue" has got to be one of the more fascinating and flexible bits of verbage ever. Consider this:
1. It's a verb used to describe the action of producing... itself (a noun). Therefore,
2. It's a noun used to define what is produced by the action of its namesake verb. Further,
3. It's an adjective used to describe the noun which is verbed in such a manner.
4. It's also a noun for the apparatus in which the former noun is verbed.
5. It's also a noun for the event at which that noun is used to verb that other noun.
Confused? Then let me offer a handy example:
We went to a barbecue (noun 1) and Joe Bob hauled out his fancy new barbecue (noun 2) to barbecue (verb) us some barbecue (noun 3). Those were some good barbecued (adjective) ribs.
Can you think of a word that tops that?