Darth Vader Light Saber BBQ Fork from ThinkGeek

Darth Vader Light Saber BBQ Fork from ThinkGeek

I’m already thinking about the new Star Wars movie coming out this December. I very well might be one of the nerds hanging out on opening night, in fact.  While I rarely use a fork while cooking, this particular fork might make me change my habits, because this would be a lot of fun. Grown man or not – I’d be making light saber noises while using this.  Check out the Darth Vader Light Saber BBQ Fork over at ThinkGeek.

Suit Filed in Austin Over Barbecue Smoke

Suit Filed in Austin Over Barbecue Smoke

The drama continues. Austin, a sort of Texan barbecue Mecca, has been seeing its share of odd legal wrangling over what some people see as the nuisance of barbecue smoke.  We made reference to some of this in our “Barbecue Police” article.  Yesterday we became aware of 15 Austin residents filing suit against Terry Black’s, a local barbecue restaurant whose smoke they allege is causing them to be unable to enjoy their homes.

The BBQ Police Visit a Florida Man

The BBQ Police Visit a Florida Man

I’m sure you’ve seen this as it was making its rounds on social media recently.  In case you haven’t, a neighbor complained to officials about the smoke coming from a neighbors barbecue (it’s unclear if he was smoking or grilling).  The Chicago Tribune’s John Kass does a fantastic job of exposing the lunacy of some odd ordinance that says smoke from a grill or smoker can’t leave your own yard. The viral video embedded in the article shows the interaction of the “offender” and an “environmental specialist” sent to enforce the ordinance. This would be hilarious if it wasn’t real.  And this isn’t an isolated incident, I’m afraid.  We’ve seen a similar sort of lunacy in Austin that has the potential of shuttering many Austin barbecue joints. I certainly hope we won’t be seeing BBQ Police cruisers patrolling neighborhoods during the summer…

So What IS Barbecue, Anyway?

So What IS Barbecue, Anyway?

A fantastic question to ask as we pull this site up from its bootstraps is just what is barbecue, anyway?  The answer, in my (almost) humble opinion, is both more generic than some people think, and more specific than other people think.  I tend to agree with what celebrity chef Alton Brown has to say on the matter – so I’ll turn the floor over to him to answer the question: What is barbecue?