Desperately Seeking Barbecue

Learn about the origins of barbecue, one of the most iconic traditional foods in the US.


This is Christopher Kimble. You’re listening to America’s Test Kitchen. Robb Walsh is author of “Barbecue Crossroads” and he embarked on a road trip from Houston to the Carolinas to connect the dots between beef and pigs, the barbecue of Texas to its origins back East.

The reason I wanted to write “Barbecue Crossroads” is because I wanted to connect the culture of barbecue in Texas with the culture of barbecue across the the South and then see if I could find an elemental definition of barbecue.

The brisket burnt ends, however, were spectacular, and I realized the charm of it all: great food in everyday places. That’s the essence of barbecue.

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