Wednesday, January 18

Florida Barbecue

A cook preparing ribs and chicken for barbecue during the Kissimmee River boat-a-cade: Kissimmee River, Florida - 1954

Via State Library and Archives of Florida's FlickR page

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We're gearing up for our year of barbecue programming and just came across this fabulous collection of images from the State Library and Archives of Florida. Check out this in-the-ground pit from an 1886 Masonic picnic in Kissimmee.

Makes us want to hustle to the Sunshine State to collect some oral histories.

Speaking of oral histories, we're adding a bunch of new fieldwork to our Southern BBQ Trail. Look for interviews from Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky to be added real soon.

Meantime, keep your eyes peeled for a season of blog posts about all things barbecue, and keep your ears peeled for our first Okracast of 2012, which will air later this week: Desiree Robinson of Cozy Corner in Memphis, TN.

Grab a napkin and go!