Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Goin' For Some Barbecue

Is that southern delicacy on  your agenda for July 4th?  You might be surprised to learn that it's spreading North (gasp!)

Eat, America

True barbecue is a complex, slow method of cooking meat in an enclosed space with low, indirect heat and smoke. True barbecue emerges from the "pit" still moist and very tender after as many as 18 hours of cooking. Its flavor is a mix of the smoke, the sublimation of fat, the caramelization of meat juices, spices rubbed on it, soaked or injected into it and sauce basted ("mopped") over it while it cooks. Within all this, there are endless variations: [...]

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