Real Good Barbecue

Barbecue means pulled pork in a vinegary sauce in South Carolina, ribs with a tomato-based and peppery sauce in Louisiana, and dry-rubbed beef brisket in Texas. Insisting on a single definition can lead to fightin’ words, but you can stay safe if you remember to agree on this: real barbecue is always cooked slowly over a wood fire. Grilling ain’t barbecue (but it is real good).

It’s not easy to find real barbecue anymore. It takes time, and some national chains cut corners by steaming their ribs first, then glazing them with sauce. But anyone can make real barbecue. All you need is a place to build a fire and some time.

The Pit

The Fire

The Meat

The Mop

Barbecue, the verb