The most common style of barbequing (”meshwi”) in Arab countries is kabab-style. Every city in Morocco has two kinds of restaurants: the usual sit-down kind and the hole-in-the-wall grill shops. Customers at the grill shops can go either buy their meat there or at the butcher just a few doors down. Both places will chop the meat into cubes, stick it on a skewer and put it over the fire. Although these restaurants are unimpressive in appearance, you are guaranteed a tasty and inexpensive meal.
Barbequing is also a very important part of ceremonies in Berber villages. It is the main course at weddings or in ceremonies honoring an important guest. In villages where every family has a herd of sheep and goats, it is an honor if a family slaughters one from his herd. Berber-style meshwi can be cooked either over a pit or in an oven under the ground, depending on the region. Ceremonies usually take place at night and while the meat is cooking, the celebration commences. People gather around the pit and play drums, sing, dance and talk.