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Barbecue: A Texas Love Story (2004)

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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this explains a lot
14 January 2007 | by (Denver, Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

I once watched a documentary on TV about chili. One scene had a couple old Texans sitting around talking about what makes good chili (or chile, if you're close to the border). One guy mentioned how he'd seen people in the big city make chili out of lima beans, and the other guy replied, "I believe I'd kill a man who put lima beans in my chili." That, more than anything else I've heard, sums up how Texans are serious about chili.

"Barbecue: A Texas Love Story" does the same thing for barbecue. It doesn't purport to explain the whole story of where this style of cooking comes from, or how it differs across the world. For that, you can turn to Steve Raichlen's seminal works on the subject. No, this film, more than any I've seen, shows Texans who like to cook and Texans who like to eat, as well as a few Texans who like to philosophize.

The filmmakers visited several locations all around the state and interviewed a good cross section of barbecue fans. They explain what makes Texas barbecue unique, how it's part of the culture, and why people take it so seriously. This film mixes together famous personalities with regular old people, and shows that - in Texas - barbecue cuts across ethnic lines, racial lines, and economic lines.

As a film, this work suffers slightly from a lack of tight focus. Like a good visit to a barbecue cook-off, the movie samples a little bit of everything but lacks a greater sense of direction. Technically, it's pretty good, though not perfect. But it's got an outstanding soundtrack.

Overall, I'm glad I own this DVD. And I guess the best testimonial - it made me really hungry for pork ribs, beef brisket, and sausage.


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