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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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Captures the "flavor" of Texas barbecue, but not the "meat"
23 January 2006 | by (Oswego, NY) – See all my reviews

This enjoyable documentary is more interested in the kind of people that enjoy Texas barbecue than it is in facts and figures. In particular, it doesn't really explain what makes Texas barbecue special, or talk much about the history of the art, or any of the controversies that make it a subject of conversation throughout the state. It DOES feature enjoyable people enjoying barbecue, and conveys the spirit of how Texans feel about their native dish. As the producers dash about Texas looking for different barbecue spots and events, the film sometimes seems more like a travelogue than a documentary about a type of food, but there's nothing necessarily wrong with that -- Texas is a big state and probably any attempt to examine a phenomenon with such a broad appeal as barbecue is bound to come off looking something like a travelogue.


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