History And Culture

The idea of putting sauces on food goes back pretty far. In the days before refrigeration and written history, somebody discovered that smoking meat... read more
Homer Simpson barbecue
Barbecue is probably the world's oldest cooking method and that is the only thing about it that is beyond dispute (see my companion article on The... read more
inside lems aquarium smoker
The capital of the Midwest is no Porky Come Lately. It has a long history that puts it among the upper echelon of 'cue capitals. Jim Shahin, the... read more
Barbecue has been used as a tool in American political campaigns for more than a century, and will no doubt be employed extensively this summer,... read more
David Letterman is a very funny man. He hosted the late night talk show Late Night With David Letterman" on NBC for 33 years through May 20, 2015,... read more
Sauce judging
The history of barbecue cookoffs No doubt macho cavemen began challenging each other to cookoffs soon after the first bonfire, but today, barbecue... read more
Jefferson's drawing of a macaroni machine and notes, courtesy US Library of Congress. Said the future second President in his notes, above: "The... read more
The early 1900s produced breakthroughs in music, dance, photography, painting, film, and culinary arts, all feeding off each other, and all feeding... read more
Maximus Minimus Food Truck
"Everybody tells me my food is so good I'm thinking about starting a catering business. Do you have any advice for me?" I hear this a lot. So here it... read more
Everyone has a theory of where barbecue originated. Well here's an explanation that I find irresistible. It was written by Charles Lamb (1775-1834),... read more


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