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In Reply to: Authentic Pit BBQ posted by JR on January 21, 2011 at 20:46:34:
One definition of authentic is "made or done the same way as an original." Well, we know original barbecue was cooked over coals. Therefore, barbecue cooked in a gas or electric cooker isn't authentic, because it is not done the same way as an original. But, to carry this argument to the extreme, you could say barbecue cooked in modern-day cookers isn't authentic because the original was cooked over an open fire or coals in a trench in the ground. For environmental reasons and for purposes of convenience, we can no longer cook barbecue over a pit dug in the ground, so while we need to understand and appreciate the history of barbecue, maybe we need to switch our attention and focus to making barbecue that has the quality and flavor of authentic barbecue, without regard to the kind of cooker used. Just my two cents. Everything has to evolve. We no longer drive Model A's and Model T's.
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