Serious Eats is proud to bring you, through special arrangement, six tasty excerpts from Smokestack Lightning, a Day in the Life of Barbecue. The movie, from filmmakers and serious eaters Scott Stohler and David Bransten, follows ten subjects from five different states, exploring "the history and tradition of this food from its rural beginnings to its present day incarnation in large-scale commercial organizations."
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Good barbecue is a matter of meat, heat, and time. In this edition of Smokestack Lightning, two Carolina pit masters, Keith Allen (Allen & Son, Chapel Hill, North Carolina) and Ricky Scott (Scott Family Farm & Barbecue, Hell's Half Acre, South Carolina) talk about the wood they use and the many hours that go into their pork.
From back the alleys off Beale Street in Memphis to the cattle yards of Kansas City, Smokestack Lightning takes a look at urban 'cue.
In this episode of Smokestack Lightning, veteran pit masters talk about barbecue with regard to race.
Travel with Serious Eats series Smokestack Lightning to South Carolina as the Scott family stokes the fire and preps the pig for a roast on the piece of land they call "Hell's Half Acre."
In this episode of Smokestack Lightning, Memphis pit masters Raymond Robinson (Cozy Corner) and J. C. Hardaway (Big S Lounge) serve up their origin stories and talk meatfrom Boston butt to ribs to Cornish hens.