Regional barbecue styles

This is actually an above-average description of various regional styles of barbecue. Actually, there are many different styles of barbecue in almost every state, and infinite variations in the sauces used.  I’ve seen thick red sauce sin the Carolinas.  Very few places use white sauce in Alabama – it is distinctive only because hardly anyone in other states uses it (although they should).  My … Continue reading Regional barbecue styles

Barbecue in the Southeast

Bruce Higbie is a great friend.  We met in Evergreen, Alabama, on Labor Day weekend, 1982, when we were preparing to monitor a local election.  Bruce is a rock star Federal Observer, and taught me a lot about how to get the observers focused on what’s important and to record it in a way that can be used in court.  His work has been the … Continue reading Barbecue in the Southeast

Alabama Now has a Barbecue Hall of Fame

Gov. Bentley is on a roll.  He removed the Confederate battle flag from the state grounds (I think it was over by the first White House of the Confederacy museum) and he now has announced the first inductees into the Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame. alabama_barbecue_hall_of_fame.html The sole criterion is having been in business continuously for 50 years.  Given the high standards of Alabama … Continue reading Alabama Now has a Barbecue Hall of Fame

My Top Barbecue Places

May 22, 2015: David Boyd has asked for my top 5 barbecue places. Fair enough, although I don’t think you can really compare different styles of barbecue — Texas vs, North Carolina, for example. They are as different as, well, beef and pork. And, my life’s work being far from completed, I haven’t been to a lot of very highly rated places. I haven’t been … Continue reading My Top Barbecue Places

Ultimate Barbecue Bracket

March 18, 2015: I have not been to all of these — yet — and note that not all of them are really barbecue places. (Ted Peters’ sells no barbecue at all, and pit beef (best served rare) is not barbecue.) Some of the omissions — Archibald’s, City Market, Wilber’s — are shocking. It will get down to apples and oranges choices, such as between … Continue reading Ultimate Barbecue Bracket

5 Unusual Barbecue Spots

January 17, 2015: More travel news from Garden and Gun. 5 Unusual Barbecue Spots In many circles, the mark of a great pit master is his—or her—ability to stick to tradition. For good reason, too. It’s hard to improve on hog cooked over real wood and dressed with a simple sauce. Across the South, though, are joints that dish up… GARDENANDGUN.COM Continue reading 5 Unusual Barbecue Spots

Bill’s Barbeque Review — Atlanta, Georgia

December 12, 2013: A followup on Atlanta having more barbecue places per capita than anywhere else in the US – even Birmingham – from noted barbecue expert and ISS classmate, Bill Edmundson. Bill notes that — “Quantity v quality” has to be considered. Atlanta is trend city, and the carpetbaggers love to think they’re connoisseurs. What passes for “‘cue” around here is depressing. My oldest … Continue reading Bill’s Barbeque Review — Atlanta, Georgia

Top 5 Barbecue Cities in the US

December 4, 2013: This is about quantity rather than quality. I can’t recall any particularly good barbecue places in Atlanta, but welcome any suggestions. Top 5 Barbecue Cities in the US Birmingham, of course, makes the list of Top 5 barbecue cities in America, but who’s No. 1? Orlando is the top city for pizza, burgers and seafood; Pittsburgh is the biggest bar town. AL.COM Continue reading Top 5 Barbecue Cities in the US