The Southern Foodways Alliance (click on the link) has made a film about Helen Turner, the pit master, owner, and everything else at Helen’s Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, Tennessee. Ms. Helen makes barbecue the way barbecue should be made: in a pit over wood coals — hickory and oak, in her case. She serves pork shoulders, ribs, chicken, Polish sausage, and bologna. I’ve never been to Helen’s, but it’s on my list for my much-delayed West Tennessee trip.
You should watch the film. Like Ms. Toostie at Snow’s in Lexington, Texas, she’s a national treasure.
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