Barbecue, a documentary about the art and craft of barbecue, is premiering at this year’s SXSW in Austin (which makes a lot of sense). Earlier this week, IndieWire premiered the teaser trailer as well as the move poster art on its site.
The new documentary explores barbecue as far more than a tasty way to cook up some grub, but as a ritual that binds together whole communities and often serves as a common touchstone between cultures. Salleh’s film was captured in cinematic 4k, shot across twelve countries and comes complete with a rich orchestral score. That mouth-watering desire to chow down? That’s just a lovely side effect of a full meal of a doc.
Check out the poster art below:
– Congrats to chef/pit master Elliott Moss on his James Beard nomination for Best Chef: Southeast
– Could he win it like Aaron Franklin did two years ago?
– Marie, Let’s Eat! (the blog) turned 7 so they counted down the best barbecue in East Tennessee since they moved there last year
– Thrillist has a list of the most iconic restaurants in every state (and DC), which includes barbecue restaurants for NC and SC both
– Though Kathleen Purvis from the Charlotte Observer thinks maybe they should have looked past barbecue restaurants for each state
– Nice shot:
– Barbecue (the documentary film) will be the very first film premiering at SXSW
-The True Cue guys are at it again, trying to make the fourth Monday in February a new barbecue-related NC holiday
But Reed and Levine also educate us about the connection between politics and barbecue. Their search for such connections took them all the way back to late February of 1766 when “the Royal Governor of North Carolina, William Tryon, attempted to win the New Hanover militia’s good will by treating them to a barbecue. He did not succeed: citizens of Wilmington threw the barbecued ox in the river and poured out the beer. (This was not an early expression of North Carolinians’ preference for pork; they were upset about the Stamp Act.)”
Reed and Levine explain that this “expression” of discontent with British authority came seven years before “the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when some rowdy New Englanders threw boxes of tea in Boston harbor to protest a British tax.”
– From BBQ Hub
From SXSW a month or so back, here’s the seemingly-yearly video on the line at Franklin Barbecue.
From a few weeks back at SXSW…
For this year’s SXSW Interactive, General Electric introduced the Texas-inspired BBQ Research Lab. The lab features a 12-foot BBQ smoker which houses multiple sensors that record temperature, humidity, smoke velocity, and meat temperature in real time. The Digital Lab went behind the scenes to see how big data makes for delicious food.
For more information, check out this article on TMBBQ.