BBQ is life. It's one of the quintessential American foods (and yes, I know other parts of the world have their own varieties of BBQ). It's so amazing. It's not just about eating food, but it's about enjoying the whole process (usually in the company of some great friends). And, it bothers me when people say "Hey let's have a BBQ" and all they do is grill up some burgers and dogs. That is not barbecue. That is a cook-out! /snob
Unfortunately, I've yet to do any die-hard barbecuing of my own (like with smokers and wood chips and all that jazz). But whenever the weather permits (which is quite often, here in Los Angeles), I'm always down for some ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and brisket. Whatever dish I'm doing, I pretty much stick to the same formula: low and slow in the oven with a great home-made dry rub, then finishing on the grill with some sauce to give it a nice sweet and tangy crust. Throw down some cole slaw, potato salad, mac and cheese, call up some friends, put on some classic Delta-style blues and get allllll the way down!
Soooo damn hungry right now.