Health Benefits of Barbecue

The health benefits of good barbecue should be obvious to everyone.   It tastes good and makes you happy, and happiness is a key to good health.  My mother, Dear, for example, has been eating barbecue her whole life.  See, e.g., Dear at Carlile’s. And look at her today — 92years young and counting — with her granddaughter, Liza Tanner Boyd, also a barbecue fan.  And … Continue reading Health Benefits of Barbecue

Archibald’s, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Archibald’s has the best ribs in the world.  Let’s get that out of the way up front.  More people know about Dreamland, which gets a lot of attention from football announcers, but Archibald’s is better: the best. We took a detour on our trip to Birmingham for Anne Rain and Hunter’s wedding.  We stopped in Tuscaloosa to spend some time with our friends, Bob and Babs … Continue reading Archibald’s, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Smokey’s BBQ, Wytheville, Virginia

We recently drove down to Birmingham for the wedding of my niece, Anne Rain Tanner, and Hunter Brown.  They are both lovely people and I was excited about the wedding, even though it would conflict with the Alabama-Texas A&M game:  I had discovered a work-around only the week before:  Anne Rain and Hunter are living in Texas now, and there was a fair chance … Continue reading Smokey’s BBQ, Wytheville, Virginia

Fat Fella’s, Newport, North Carolina

I just got a tip from my Aunt Ann Griffin (of the Bill’s Griffins in Wilson, North Carolina), about Fat Fella’s in Newport.  Newport is just off US70 on the way to Morehead City, the beaches, and the Big Oak Drive In.  I’ve never stopped there, because the traffic is really moving at that point and usually I’ve had lunch at both Parker’s and Wilber’s, … Continue reading Fat Fella’s, Newport, North Carolina

Tootsie Tomanetz, Snow’s BBQ, Lexington, Texas

Here’s a video homage to Tootsie Tomanetz, the pit master at Snow’s Barbecue in Lexington, Texas. Nancy, Liza, and I went to Snow’s in 2010 when I was teaching at Baylor Law School for a term.  Now, you don’t just drop in and eat at Snow’s.  It’s in the middle of nowhere by East Texas standards (West Texas is in another league when it … Continue reading Tootsie Tomanetz, Snow’s BBQ, Lexington, Texas

Recipe Time: Lisa McAuliffe’s Salmon

Nancy loves salmon, and likes to take it to her book group dinners and similar events.  She prepares a marinade that our friend Lisa McAuliffe shared with her.  It really is good.  You should try it. 1 1/2 pound salmon filet, with skin. For the marinade: 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup white wine 1 teaspoon ginger powder 1 Tablespoon lemon … Continue reading Recipe Time: Lisa McAuliffe’s Salmon