There are few foods as American as barbecue. But if you live in North Carolina, your idea of barbecue may be completely different from someone who lives in Texas. Barbecue even amplifies the cultural fault lines that exist within states. We explore the connection between the barbecue pit and our sense of identity and learn more about the recipes that define our local communities.


  • William McKinney Contributor, "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue;" Founder, Carolina Barbecue Society
  • Kerry Britt Owner, KBQ Real Barbecue (Bowie, Md.)
  • Todd Kliman Food and Wine Editor, "Washingtonian" magazine

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