Black Smoke

Black Smoke

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

How Pandemics End, Earth’s Pulse, Black Smoke

Episode: How Pandemics End, Earth’s Pulse, Black Smoke

  • Jul 20, 2021 8:00 pm
  • 18:41 mins

The most celebrated barbecue chefs in America’s barbecue-obsessed culture today fit into a couple of archetypes food writer Adrian Miller calls “White Dudes Who Barbecue” – you’ve got the tattooed, bearded urban hipster, the “Rural Bubba” in overalls and a ball cap, and the fine-dining chef in the white jacket. But for centuries in this country, African Americans were widely considered the undisputed experts of barbecue. How did Black barbecuers end up in the margins of a tradition they built? Adrian Miller is an award-winning author and certified barbecue judge with the new book “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue.” (Segment produced by Martha Harris)