American Studies

American studies scholars serve up stories behind Texas' dynamic barbecue culture

Wed, August 5, 2009

In Texas, barbecue is serious business. Be it ribs, brisket, sausage or something more exotic, barbecue to Texans is not just food—it's a frame of mind.

So what is it about barbecue that Texans hold so near and dear to their hearts? Is it the savory taste of wood smoke and meat so tender you can pull it apart with your fingers? Or is it the sweet aroma of smoke wafting through a soft summer breeze that reminds us of a simpler time, when families enjoyed the pleasures of no-rush cooking in the great outdoors?

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