New Book Explores the Hidden History of Black Pitmasters

Adrian Miller BBQ Black HistoryColorado native Adrian Miller lives in Denver—not exactly a barbecue capital—but the lawyer turned food historian has been passionate about smoked meat ever since he went on a tour of legendary Central Texas joints in 2002. Miller, who served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton before leaving that world to focus on foodways, won a James Beard Award for his first book, 2013’s Soul Food: The Surprising Story of American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. During an extended, self-guided study of U.S. barbecue that brought him back to Texas (where he checked out places such as 109-year-old Patillo’s BBQ, in Beaumont), Miller found the written history to be light on the contributions of Black pitmasters. He hopes to set the record straight…View Original Post

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