To many Americans, the word “barbecue” simply means a backyard cookout of hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks or chicken. Potato salad, sweet corn and coleslaw might round out the menu, with bottled red sauce on the side. For a bit more sophistication, a few racks of ribs. Oh boy, not in some places. If you want to start an argument, just mention barbecue to a Southerner. Or a Texan. Or a Midwesterner. Then get ready, because these folks take their BBQ seriously, and there’s only one way–their way.

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