Category Archives: Soul Food Scholar

Judging a High School Teacher Pie Contest!

Anne Maslanik helps boost morale amongst the faculty at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado. A few weeks ago, she asked me if I’d come judge a faculty pie contest. I’m not one to turn down FREE pie, so I …
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Adrian Miller is the 2018 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame!

    The Southern Foodways Alliance (“SFA”), one of the nation’s premier food organizations, has honored me as the recipient of the 2018 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award. According to the SFA website, this prestigious award “honors an …
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Seattle BBQ Research Trip: Jones Original Barbeque

  Jones Original Barbeque This was my fourth and final stop in Seattle, West Seattle specifically, and it was a great one! Here’s my rundown: Beef brisket–not very smoky, tasted like roast beef. Chicken–excellent! Smoky and flavorful, but still moist. …
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Seattle BBQ Research Trip: Willie’s Taste of Soul

  Willie’s Taste of Soul Bar-B-Que This was my third spot. Willie’s is a combination barbecue, Creole food and soul food joint. I had mixed reviews about the food, but mainly because everything was drowned in sauce. I never ask …
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Seattle BBQ Research Trip: Emma’s BBQ

Emma’s BBQ This was the second spot on my barbecue research trip.   Here’s the rundown: Beef brisket–served in chunks, and not as smoky as I would have liked. Chicken–served in boneless chunks, not as smoky as I would have …
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Seattle BBQ Research Trip–Lil Red Takeout and Catering

Lil Red Takeout and Catering I took advantage of an unexpected trip to Seattle to so some barbecue research. Ahead of my trip, I reviewed some recent “Best BBQ” lists by Eater Seattle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and people on social …
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Meet My Collegiate BBQ Research Assistants!!

  Miles Francisco is a third-year student at the University of Oklahoma studying Political Science and African and African American Studies with minors in International Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Miles is passionate about social justice and creating a …
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BBQ Research–Memphis Edition

BBQ Research—Memphis Edition Day 1 A nice group of adventurers joined me for this trip. Thanks to Gary Guesnier, Jennifer Biggs, Ashley Dior Thomas, Wayne Lohman, Chef Raymond Jackson, Angie King Keesee, Dave Mekeel and Joe York!  I really appreciated …
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BBQ Research–Historic Nicodemus, Kansas Edition

  A few years ago, I learned of Ernestine Van Duvall, a barbecue and soul food artist who had strong ties to Nicodemus, Kansas–the oldest black settlement west of the Mississippi River. I thought it would be a great story …
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Chicago BBQ Research Trip–Southside Edition

The research for Black Smoke, my forthcoming book on African American barbecue culture, is underway! I took my first trip to Chicago, and explored the city’s south side. That area has been predominantly African American for several decades.  Saturday, July …
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