There is barbecue and there is barbecue. The former brings big platters of meats that have been mildly or artificially smoked and slathered in sauces — to be consumed in a fun, informal environment, often accompanied by lots of beer. Barbecue brings big platters of meats that have spent as much time getting smoked as Snoop Dogg's dog, the flavor deriving more from cooking than saucing. It's also to be consumed in a fun, informal environment with beer. There are likewise differences between Southern cooking and Southern cooking; these mostly have to do with loss of translation between home and restaurant. Once you swallow the notion that Smoke't Southern Kitchen & Tap isn't italicized with authenticity, everything... More >>>