Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue

Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue

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North Carolina is home to the longest continuous barbecue tradition on the North American mainland. Now available for the first time in paperback, Holy Smoke is a passionate exploration of the lore, recipes, traditions, and people who have helped shape North Carolina's signature slow-food dish. A new preface by the authors examines the latest news, good and bad, from the world of Tar Heel barbecue, and their updated guide to relevant writing, films, and websites is an essential. They trace the origins of North Carolina 'cue and the emergence of the heated rivalry between Eastern and Piedmont styles. They provide detailed instructions for cooking barbecue at home, along with recipes for the traditional array of side dishes that should accompany it. The final section of the book presents some of the people who cook barbecue for a living, recording firsthand what experts say about the past and future of North Carolina barbecue. Filled with historic and contemporary photographs showing centuries of North Carolina's "barbeculture," as the authors call it, Holy Smoke is one of a kind, offering a comprehensive exploration of the Tar Heel barbecue tradition.

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ISBN-13: 9781469629667
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Edition description: Paperback Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 491,190
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed live in Chapel Hill, N.C. Both are members of the Southern Foodways Alliance. John Shelton Reed is author of Barbecue: A Savor the South Cookbook, and he is co-founder of The Campaign for Real Barbecue (http://www.truecue.org) and one of the moving spirits of the Carolina Barbecue Society. William McKinney founded the Carolina BBQ Society while a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He now lives in Virginia.

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John Reed believes that the traditional barbecue joint is a place in the South where people from all walks of life and all races, from the sheriffs' deputies to the construction workers to the town bankers, gather to eat the local specialty at a price just about anybody can afford. . . . A passage in Holy Smoke says, 'North Carolina barbecue is an edible embodiment of Tradition. For many of us, barbecue symbolizes Home and People.'" —Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker

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