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American Barbecue:
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Photo:  restaurant with a huge pig, with an opening between the front legs that functions as its entrance.
Harlingen, Texas. Barbecue stand. Created May, 1943. Prints & Photographs Catalog, Library of Congress.


Auchmutey, Jim. Barbecue. In Foodways. John T. Edge, editor. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, c2007. p.22-26.
   (New encyclopedia of Southern culture, v. 7)
   Bibliography: p. 26.
   F209.N47 2006 v.7 <SciRR>

Dabney, Joseph Earl. Barbecue: as old as fire. In his Smokehouse ham, spoon bread & scuppernong wine: the folklore and art of Southern Appalachian cooking. Nashville, Cumberland House, 2010. p. 197-204.
   Bibliography: p. 85-92.
   TX715.2S68D43 2010

Egerton, John. On the barbecue circuit. In his Southern food: at home, on the road, in history. New York, Knopf, c1987. p. 147-167.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TX715.E28 1993 <SciRR>

Stern, Jane, and Michael Stern. Barbecue. In their Lexicon of real American food. Guilford, CT, Lyons Press, c2011. p. 5-14.
   TX349.S724 2011 <SciRR>

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Browne, Rick, and Jack Bettridge. Barbecue America: a pilgrimage in search of America's best barbecue. Alexandria, VA, Time-Life Books, c1999. 216 p.
   TX840.B3 B76 1999

Cornbread nation 2: the United States of barbecue. Edited by Lolis Eric Elie. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, c2004. 283 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   TX840.B3 C67 2004
   Published in association with the Southern Foodways Alliance, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi.

Engelhardt, Elizabeth Sanders Delwiche, and Marsha Abrahams. Republic of barbecue: stories beyond the brisket. Austin, University of Texas Press, 2009. 227 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TX840.B3E54 2009

Garner, Bob. North Carolina barbecue: flavored by time. Winston-Salem, John F. Blair, 1996. 160 p.
   TX840.B3 G365 1996

Moss, Robert F. Barbecue: the history of an American institution. Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press, c2010. 277 p.
   Includes bibliographical references
   TX840.B3M687 2010 <SciRR>

Raichlen, Steven. Steven Raichlen’s BBQ USA: 425 fiery recipes from all across America. New York, Workman Pub., c2003. 774 p.
   Bibliography: p. 746-748.
   TX840.B3 R3552 2003

Reed, John Shelton, Dale Volberg Reed, and William McKinney. Holy smoke: the big book of North Carolina barbecue. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2008. 316 p.
   Bibliography: p. 297-301.
   TX840.B3R445 2008

Walsh, Robb. Legends of Texas barbecue cookbook: recipes and recollections from the pit bosses. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, c2002. 269 p.
   Bibliography: p. 260.
   TX840.B3 W36 2002

Warnes, Andrew. Savage barbecue: race, culture, and the invention of America's first food. Athens, University of Georgia Press, c2008. 206 p.
   Bibliography: p. 185-199.
   TX840.B3W3683 2008

Witzel, Michael Karl. Barbecue road trip: recipes, restaurants, & pitmasters from America's great barbecue. Minneapolis, MN, Voyageur Press, 2008. 192 p.
   TX840.B3W58 2008

Worgul, Doug. The grand barbecue: a celebration of the history, places, personalities and techniques of Kansas City barbecue. Kansas City, MO, Kansas City Star Books, c2001. 127 p.
   TX840.B3 W67 2001

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Edge, John T. BBQ nation: the preservation of a culinary art form. Saveur, no. 139, June/July, 2011: 48-54.

Gerstäcker, Friedrich. An Arkansas barbecue, 1843. Early American life, v. 15, Aug. 1984: 30-31.

Lovegren, Sylvia. Barbecue. American heritage, v. 54, June 1, 2003: 36-44.

Morton, Mark. Barbecue mania. Gastronomica, v. 2, summer 2002: 11-12.

Prehistoric barbecue. Discover, v. 10, March 1989: 14-15.

Reed, John Shelton. There's a word for it: the origins of "Barbecue." Southern cultures, v. 13, winter 2007: 138-146.

Taylor, Saddler. High on the hog: a South Carolina BBQ journey. Edible Lowcountry, v. 1, fall 2006: 35-38.
   Not in LC
   Available online at Scholar Commons:

Walsh, Robb. Summer and smoke. Natural history, v. 105, Aug. 1996: 68-71.

York, Jake Adam. The marrow of the bone of contention: a barbecue journal. storySouth, winter 2003.
   Available online at storySouth:

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   Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

Barbecue Origins: A Brief History of North Carolina Barbecue

History of Barbecue in the South
   In Laura Dove’s BBQ: A Southern Cultural Icon.

Kansas City Barbecue Society

National Barbecue Association

North Carolina Barbecue Society

Southern BBQ Trail. The Southern Foodways Alliance

Revised June 2012
Alison P. Kelly

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