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I’m now at work on my next book about the history of African American barbecue culture with only one small step to take . . . getting a publisher! Not to worry, there’s interest from publishers, but I still need to finalize the deal.

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)

ChicagoJuly 21-22, 2018. This is the first of a few trips. I’ll focus on the South Side. Since most of these joints are takeout, I’m going to rent a space for us to gather and grub on the 21st.

Nicodemus, KansasJuly 27-28, 2018, Homecoming Celebration. You may either meet me in Nicodemus, or meet me in Denver and we’ll drive there. Please note that there is only ONE barbecue restaurant in Nicodemus. I’m visiting here because it is a fascinating story. 

Memphis, TN–August 3-6.

Alamosa, Colorado–August 25, 2018, Farm to Barbecue event. 

PhoenixOctober 5-6, 2018. Lunch on the 5th, lunch and dinner on the 6th.

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.