Some of us don’t. Someof us call it the War of Northern Aggression.
Po’ folks, rich folks, and people of all colors, shades, tints, hues and tones had an influence on BBQ. The original question "Is BBQ related to soul food?" NO Is BBQ soulfood yes. It is also Asian food, African food, Mexican food etc.. Any cut of meat cooked over and open pit fire or variation there off is BBQ. But I think a Hawaiian cooking a whole pig in a pit full of coals for his luau would argue with you if you told him it was Carolina BBQ.
Me too,brisketboy…I have all my life…And loved it !
I bought a book some time ago titled Peace Love and Barbeque and there was a paragraph or so that read something like the slaves were given the worst parts of the animal and thus had to use methods that made these cuts palatable. And that this carried over to the post Civil War (Why do we call it Civil, there was nothing Civil about it?)when poor folk abounded on both sides ofthe color line. Therefore lending some credibility to the idea that BBQ is soul food related. And think of the accompaniments. They go as well with fried chicken as with a rack of ribs. I can eat okra and greens anytime.
I could have sworn that when Scarlett O’Hara declared her love to Ashley Wilkes at the Twelve Oaks barbecue Leslie Howard was wearing a "King Of The Grill" apron.
No, it is more comfort food like meatloaf or chicken and dumplings.
One more comment about BBQ cooked by African Americans makes it soul food, a burrito made by a French man does not make it a crepe.
Just a thought but would you consider menudo Mexican soul food?
Situations and circumstances vary from family to family. But , I know that at least on my father’s side they would have worked every day side by side…
I’d love to sell some swampy land to anyone who thinks that slave-owning planters did any or all of the work at those early BBQ’s.[:(]
Amongst the most memorable and DELICIOUS food I’ve ever enjoyed was soulfood and barbecue. MANY experiences I fondly remember. Not just the delicious food I enjoyed, more importantly, the absolutely terrific folks who prepared and lovingly served their offerings.
Barbeque is related to soul food as chopped liver is related to lutefisk.
But poor people no matter what their color were forced to eat what ever they could afford. So came ribs and BBQ because they were considered scrap cuts.
My point was my greatgrandparents were German, and my Mom grew up eating(1923-2004)what people all over this site are describing as "soul food".
As someone who has eaten in a wide range of KC’s best Greashouses, and also as someone who will be back in town for Christmas, and who will be looking for some new places to tuck in, I would be interested in getting some specific examples of how the Black/White ‘Que breaks down in your mind.
Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, LC’s are obvious representatives of the Black Barbecue experience. Any others? How about the other, "paler" side of the coin?
We’re in town from the 20th through the 30th. We have our favorites that are "must" visits. But we’ll also be looking for some new spots to explore.
So whaddaya think bill?
P.S. Sorry to all for the temporary hijack of this thread. Thank you for your indulgence.
Hey buddy, we actually discussed some of this here:
Since I’m an expat, this is where Z and Keith need to weigh in. Have you ever been to smokin’ guns, ribdog’s buddies?
I believe barbecue and soul food are kissing cousins.
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