Barbecue is at once archaic and evergreen. Where so many other traditional southern foodways have succumbed to the homogenization of the American food supply and to radical changes in southern working and home lives, the primal pairing of meat and smoke has endured. The flexibility of these two essential elements and their varied sauces or rubs, has given rise to a profusion of local and regional styles which are the raw elements of southern barbecue culture, rivalry, and glory. This is your guide to the best barbecue on offer within easy driving distance of participating ASERL institutions. Enjoy!