|Photo David Reber|
In the US, the word barbecue can refer to the slow cooking of meat, often pork, by smoking, roasting or braising. Barbecue is also the end product of this cooking process. Barbecue can be used in a sentence like “Come over for a barbecue!” which means a gathering centered around the grill, the picnic table, and—possibly—cold beer.
Barbecue comes out of the South, and the styles of cooking, the spices, rubs and sauces are famously regional. Texas, Memphis, Kansas City, Kentucky, North Carolina—all places that claim distinctive styles of cooking and flavoring the meat. I’m not going to open up the discussion about which is best—they’re all good!
But say you'd like to make your own decision about which kind of barbecue is best. You could take The Ultimate Barbecue Road Trip: 60 BBQ joints over 5,000 miles. If that seems a bit overwhelming, you could pare the trip down by two thirds and try The South's 20 Best BBQ Joints from Southern Living magazine.
Even better, you could attend the 28th Annual National Championship Barbecue Cookoff to be held this October in Meridian, Texas. In 2014, there were over 190 teams competing for the top prizes, and, if you win a qualifying event, you could be there too!. They even have a 5K fun run as part of the celebration, which probably helps to work off some of the BBQ calories consumed on site.
Not everyone has the time for barbecue pilgrimages though, and so MCPL once again can come to the rescue with suggestions from our collection!
|Legends of Texas BBQ|
So get on that barbecue trail, or cook up some pulled pork this summer! And save some for me.