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I’m now at work on my next book about the history of African American barbecue culture. It will be published by the University of North Carolina Press.

What’s the subject of the book?

I’m celebrating the significant contributions that African Americans have made to barbecue culture in the United States.

Didn’t you say something about needing barbecue research assistants?

You may have seen my appeals for “barbecue research assistants,” and that I’ll be doing occasional barbecue research trips over the next year and a half. I really wish that I could do a continuous, marathon-type, eating excursion across the country, but I don’t think that my employer would be down for that. So, I’ve created this page so that you’ll have an idea of where I’ll be. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions on this page. Please keep in mind that my focus is on African American-run barbecue joints. Though I have the desire, I don’t have the resources

What’s the best way to get the latest info on your barbecue research?

If you use Facebook, I’ve created a number of city-specific groups on my Soul Food Scholar fan page. That’s where I’ll post a lot of information. You may also follow me on Twitter (@soulfoodscholar), especially using the hashtag #bbqresearch.

Upcoming research trips and barbecue-related events (in chronological order)

Washington, D.C.–September 24-26, 2018

Sunday, 9/23
NOW AT 2:30 pm DUE TO TRAVEL DELAYSRolling Rib, II, 9423 Marlboro Pike, Meadows, MD 20772
4 pm–Smokeshack Ribs & BBQ, 9119 Livingston Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744-4911
6 pm–Orleans Catering, 6703 Suitland Road, Suitland, MD, 20746. This place is carryout, and today’s weather isn’t great.
Monday, 9/24, 7 pm–DCity Smokehouse, 203 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Tuesday, 9/25, 6:30 pm–202 Texas Barbeque, 14123 Brandywine Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613
Wednesday, 9/26, 11:30 am–King Ribs, Wharf Street Southwest, 690 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

PhoenixOctober 5-7, 2018.

Friday, 10/5

1:30 pm–Rhema Soul Cuisine, 1153 E Jefferson St. #1, Phoenix, AZ 85034. Time may change if my flight is delayed. Check this page before you leave.

Saturday, 10/6

11:30 am—Trap Haus BBQ, 511 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

1:00 pm—JL Smokehouse, 1712 E. Broadway #3, Phoenix, AZ 85040

7:30 pm—West Alley BBQ, 111 Boston Street, Chandler, AZ 85225

Sunday, 10/7

2pm–Honey Bear’s BBQ, 5012 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

MemphisOctober 10-11, 14, 2018.
Tulsa, Norman and Oklahoma CityFebruary 15-18, 2019. Tulsa on the 15th and 16th (lunch), Oklahoma City on the 16th (dinner) and the 17th (lunch and dinner).
Kansas CityFebruary 28-March 3, 2019.
Past Research Trip Reports:
Chicago (South Side), July 21-23, 2018.
Nicodemus, KansasJuly 27-28, 2018, Homecoming Celebration.
Memphis, Aug. 3-6.