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Barbecue: A Texas Love Story (2004)

 -  Documentary | Comedy  -  2004 (USA)
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Texans' passion for barbecue can best be described as love. Travel the Lone Star state for a humorous, yet accurate, look at how almost every aspect of life in Texas ties back to barbecue, ... See full summary »

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Texans' passion for barbecue can best be described as love. Travel the Lone Star state for a humorous, yet accurate, look at how almost every aspect of life in Texas ties back to barbecue, from the identity of small towns to political success, and how the state and its people remain tied to the land. "Barbecue: A Texas Love Story" is an entertaining and humorous journey through the common fabric that weaves Texans together and makes them a never-ending object of fascination around the world. Narrated by Governor Ann Richards and featuring notables such as Dan Rather, Ray Benson, Kinky Friedman, Everclear lead singer Art Alexakis, Liz Carpenter, Chris Layton, the UT Student BBQ Club, plus a plethora of entertaining small town characters. Critics call "Barbecue: A Texas Love Story" an "effervescent documentary," worthy of "four stars." The filmmakers have been featured in dozens of television segments, including Food Network's "BBQ America with Bobby Flay," in "Men's Journal" magazine ... Written by Anonymous

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Brisket tastes good. Pork ribs taste good.
22 December 2005 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

The term "barbecue," as any Texan can tell you, refers to a certain painstaking (nay, ambrosial!) preparation of specific cuts of meat. To Texans, merely grilling hamburgers in the backyard is NOT barbecue. Grilling hot dogs is NOT barbecue. Slathering bottled barbecue sauce on a piece of charred chicken: DEFINITELY not barbecue.

"Barbecue: A Texas Love Story" explains what all the fuss is about, and why at least some Texans (like me) scoff at those who presume to use the term "barbecue" broadly. Overall, "Barbecue: A Texas Love Story" is an entertaining yet respectful overview of a regional culinary art, an art that cuts across all socioeconomic barriers. The choice of Ann Richards as narrator, plus the inclusion of commentators such as Kinky Friedman, was genius, helping illustrate the broad appeal of a good slice of beef brisket or some succulent pork ribs. Indeed, true barbecue is found and appreciated all across the state, from the wards of populous Houston to the isolated West Texas desert.

That said, given what little I do happen to know about the making of this film, I'm a little surprised they didn't reveal more about the making of the meat (referring not to the cooking of beef but the raising of beef). There's a lot more info on the film's web site if you're curious.


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