It's that time of year again; the ever lasting debate on Southern vs. Northern barbeque has reared its head once again. Every once in while I get a nasty e-mail from someone claiming to be from the South who states that no "New Yorker, Yankee or Northerner" is capable or will ever be capable to make true barbecue. Ignorance is such bliss.
I do concede that they might be right if they only sample the Q from some of the restaurants here that claim to cook BBQ. But if my Southern friends stay out of the restaurants and check out the Yankkee backyards they'd be singing a different tune.
We've got some great and award winning Barbecue coming from North of the Mason-Dixon. And I sure ain't whistling Dixie! Any of you readers who share my Southern friend's opinion have an open invitation to visit. I'll cook up some real barbecue for you anytime.
From cooking classes to contests, The New England Barbecue Society has events scheduled for just about every weekend this summer. I'm not sure what events I'll be at this year, but check out their calendar here. The Boston Globe has a great article about the most recent barbecue cooking class held in Maynard, Massachusetts by NEBS and The Anchormen. Yankee Barbeque is alive!
Photo of Ray Depot and The Anchormen courtesy of Boston.com