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Confused About Regional American BBQ? Listen to This Song

Barbecue styles from the South, the Midwest, and points beyond have been invading New York City like an army of warrior ants in the last few years. As was demonstrated by

a recent Voice cover story

, we've now got 'cue from places like St. Louis, North Carolina, Memphis, Oklahoma, and, of course, Texas. But how can you distinguish what comes from where? And how can you tell what we're still missing? Well, this song by online humorists Rhett & Link is dead accurate when it comes to identifying regional types of barbecue. Give it a listen -- then take a look at the lyrics, below.

The Barbeque Song by Rhett & Link

In the mountains of Tennessee They like the smoky sauce; But over there in Memphis A dry rub is the boss.

Folks down in Georgia They can't make up their minds; You can give 'em sweet or spicy They'll say "that tastes all right!"

And you might think the South Carolinians Are a just little bit off; Would you believe their barbecue's yellow With a mustard sauce?

Pork shoulder is the cut-up choice In Mississ-ississ-sippi; And they pride themselves on barbecue That's totally vinegary.

In Loosiana them Cajuns They like to spice it up They like to spice it up.

This is our review Of bar-b-cue In the Southern United States.

And when my life is through Bury me in barbecue But make sure it's vinegar-based Don't you know that slows decay And it's the style in our home state Of North Carolina!

Mutton is big in West Kentucky That's a fancy name for sheep; But in the rest of the state Sliced pork butt is what they eat.

Arkansas's kinda like Georgia A barbecue melting pot; And when you ain't lookin', them good ole boys Will make that barbecue hot.

Alabama's got the strangest thing I've seen in my barbecue days; Their barbecue sauce is white Made out of mayonnaise.

And down there is Texas Where the longhorn steer run free; They love to smoke their brisket That's a big ole slab of meat.

And down in Florida... Is Florida a Southern state? No, it ain't!

[Repeat refrain]

People not from the South Think barbecue means cook-out; Barbecue is not a verb Barbecue is not a grill Barbecue is meat prepared in a special way That varies wherever you go.

That was our review Of barbecue!


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