Anthro connection: what is barbecue?

For one thing, barbecue is a noun not a verb.

The special double issue of the Economist has an article on barbecue and American culture. One quote: “Barbecue in America, particularly in the American South is like red wine in Bordeaux or maize in Mexico. More than just something to consume, it is an expression of regional and perhaps even national identity.”

Delicious, maybe. But definitely not a verb. (Creative commons licensed by Diego Peñailillo)
Delicious, maybe. But definitely not a verb. (Creative commons licensed by Diego Peñailillo)

To repeat: barbecue is not a verb, it’s a noun. Beyond that: it’s not just good to eat. As Mary Douglas would remind us, barbecue is good to think.

In case you missed it, please check out the AnthropologyWorks’ interview with barbecue king Steve Raichlen.

Anthro is cooking on all burners! Lots to think about.

One thought on “Anthro connection: what is barbecue?

  1. Graham

    I would guess, too, that most American Southerners (and particularly BBQ fans) would automatically be skeptical at the prospect of good barbecue in the north, though there’s still some good places up there too.

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