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G.I. Joe character
Barbecue (G.I. Joe).jpg
Detail from the cover to Marvel UK's Action Force issue #32 featuring Barbecue. Art by Geoff Senior.
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Firefighter
File name Kelly, Gabriel A.
Birthplace Boston, Massachusetts
SN 321-61-4231
Rank E-4
Primary MOS Fireman
Secondary MOS Infantry
Subgroups Eco-Warriors
Slaughter's Marauders
Voiced by Loren Lester (Sunbow)
Jerry O'Connell (Renegades)
Year introduced 1985

Barbecue is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's fire fighter and debuted in 1985.


His real name is Gabriel A. Kelly, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Barbecue was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Barbecue's primary military specialty is fireman, and his secondary military specialty is infantry. Barbecue would have been the seventh Kelly in his family line in the Boston Fire department, if he hadn't joined the G.I. Joe Team.[1] He does his job out of a sense of civic duty, not out of family loyalty. He also happens to like loud sirens, clanging bells, and breaking down doors with axes.[2]


Barbecue was first released as an action figure in 1985.[3] The figure was repainted and released as part of the Slaughter's Marauders line in 1989.[4] A new version of Barbecue was released as part of the "Eco-Warriors" line in 1992.

New versions of Barbecue were released in 2008 for the G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary line,[5] and in 2009 for the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra line.[6]


Marvel Comics

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #40 (October 1985), crawling out of a storage locker on the Joe's new battle platform. His appearance is unexpected and earns him a pistol pointed in his face from Shipwreck. He is part of a team of Joes assigned to erect the new transportable Air-Sea Base in the Gulf of Mexico. When Cobra attacks, seeking to trigger the geological fault-line there, Barbecue helps protect the platform, by chopping off burning pieces, and leaping onto attacking hydrofoils.[7] In the next issue, all available Joes are assigned to take down the newly formed Cobra Island. The island was created as a result of Cobra's efforts, and the Joes seek to drive Cobra off the island before they can claim sovereignty. Shipwreck and Barbecue take out a Cobra HISS tank by themselves. Legal maneuvering has Cobra Island recognized as a nation, and the Joes are forced to leave.[8]

Barbecue later returns to the Gulf, as part of a team of Joes seeking to rescue Ripcord and Snake-Eyes from Cobra Island.[9] They take "Ripcord" back to the Pit, where they discover that this was really Zartan in disguise. After Zartan infiltrates Joe headquarters, Barbecue is seen spraying down the halls with foam, in hopes that the Joes will spot his footprints.[10] Soon after, Barbecue helps take part in the assault on Springfield.[11]

Barbecue is present when Storm Shadow infiltrates G.I. Joe HQ, in an effort to gain emotional support from Snake-Eyes. When the Cobra agent is left to leave in peace, Barbecue makes a sarcastic comment about a second agent being allowed to leave with knowledge of the Joe HQ location (Zarana being the first in the previous issue). Scarlett, angered at the man's insensitivity, punches him in the face.[12]

When murderous generals wish to push blame for a Cobra Island raid on the Joe team, he is one of the few Joes to escape capture. He teams up with the rogue Joes (such as Bazooka, Roadblock and Grunt), in a successful raid that rescues General Hawk, and ultimately exposes the conspiracy.[13]

When Cobra later invades the Pit, Airtight and Barbecue fend off a squad of Laser Vipers. They retreat when the B.A.T.s are deployed, which break through the blast doors and prepare to invade the Pit.[14]

Action Force

Barbecue also appears in the British Action Force comics, which maintain a different continuity. In the first issue, he mysteriously escapes being murdered at the hands of Storm Shadow.[15] He later returns to help raid a Cobra stronghold that is masquerading as a fast food franchise.[16] He also assists when Lady Jaye is threatened by a motion sensitive bomb.[17] Airtight and Barbecue successfully stop a run-away train full of radioactive materials from causing the death of many innocent people. At the end of the story, Airtight refers to his friend as "Italian".[18]

Devil's Due

Barbecue appears in issue #29 of the Devil's Due G.I. Joe series.[19]


Barbecue appears in the new continuity created by IDW. He and a team of Joes investigate a theater in the abandoned town of Springfield. A Cobra operative named Krake ambushes the team and kills every single member, including Barbecue. This kicks off the "contest" to find the next Cobra Commander by seeing who can kill the most Joes.[20]



He first appeared in the G.I. Joe first season episode "The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe".[21] In the Sunbow series, he had speaking appearances in the episodes The Viper Is Coming, Worlds Without End I-II, Captives of Cobra I-II, The Greenhouse Effect, The Gods Below, The Invaders, Flint's Vacation, Skeletons in the Closet, and Cold Slither.[22] The episode "Captives" reveals he comes from a family of firefighters. In the same two-parter, his father is one of many Joe relatives brainwashed and sent to fight the team.[23] He speaks with a heavy New England accent. He appeared in 2 PSAs, which involved fire safety. He was voiced by Loren Lester.


He appeared in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon four times, but had no spoken lines.


Barbecue appears in the G.I. Joe: Renegades episode "Fire Fight". Gabriel Kelly is a firefighter who worked for Green Ridge Fire Department, at the time when Cobra Industries was constructing a dam. He was against the Anti-Cobra protests at first, but ended up assisting Roadblock in blowing up a dam in order to put out a fire that Firefly started. Roadblock gave him the nickname "Barbecue" which he liked. When Firefly ambushed Barbecue and Roadblock in the helicopter, Barbecue fought Firefly, until Roadblock got him out of the helicopter. When offered to help out G.I. Joe, Barbecue stays in Green Ridge to help rebuild it.


  1. Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie. ed. G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-87135-288-0. 
  2. Hidalgo, Pablo (2009-07-07). G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide 1982-2008. Random House. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-345-51642-8. 
  3. Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-87341-301-5. 
  4. Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-87341-301-5. 
  5. YOJOE.COM | Barbecue
  6. YOJOE.COM | Barbecue
  7. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #40 (October 1985)
  8. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #41 (November 1985)
  9. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #47
  10. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #48 (1986)
  11. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #49
  12. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #52
  13. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #78 (Oct 1988)
  14. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #130
  15. Action Force #1 (March 1987)
  16. Action Force #7 (April 1987)
  17. Action Force #8-9 (1987)
  18. Action Force #32 (October 1987)
  19. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vol. 2 #29 (May 2004)
  20. Cobra Civil War#0
  21. "The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
  22. Half the Battle: 1985 Characters
  23. "Captives". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

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