Most of all, barbecue has shown an enduring power to bring people together. The same forces that shaped the larger contours of American life influenced barbecue, too, and over time the institution evolved to reflect the country’s progression from a rural, agricultural society to an industrialized, commercial world power. To trace the story of barbecue is to trace the very thread of American history.
- Robert F. Moss, author, Barbecue: The History of an American Institution
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