As you might imagine, our oral history archives are laden with barbecue content that we're eager to share with you, our readers. During the spring semester, we were lucky to have two graduate student research assistants to help us unearth the choicest nuggets of barbecue history and lore from the Southern Barbecue Trail. Meet Susie Penman and Roy Button.
By way of a barbecue-themed introduction, Susie says, "Despite growing up in a family for whom the term 'barbecue' meant "to grill," I found myself working a part-time job at the counter of a beloved Jackson, Mississippi, barbecue joint. It was there that I discovered pulled pork, though I overindulged and some desolate years passed before I was able to appreciate barbecue again. Now my favorite local barbecue is B's in Oxford, where the barbecue chicken is so good that I risk overdoing it on that, too. But I don't think it's going to happen."
A big thanks to Roy and Susie for their crack research skills. We couldn't have gotten ready for the Summer of Barbecue without them!