John Shelton Reed discusses his Savor the South book, Barbecue

Sat 4/30, 1-3pm
Celebrate Independent Bookstore day with John Shelton Reed

Followed by free barbecue samples and music by Jake Xerxes Fussell!

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with John Shelton Reed, who will discuss his new book Barbecue. We'll have free barbecue samples from the legendary Allen & Sons to share, with music afterward by Jake Xerxes Fussell

John Shelton Reed’s Barbecue celebrates a southern culinary tradition forged in coals and smoke. Since colonial times southerners have held barbecues to mark homecomings, reunions, and political campaigns; today barbecue signifies celebration as much as ever. In a lively and amusing style, Reed traces the history of southern barbecue from its roots in the sixteenth-century Caribbean, showing how this technique of cooking meat established itself in the coastal South and spread inland from there. He discusses how choices of meat, sauce, and cooking methods came to vary from one place to another, reflecting local environments, farming practices, and history.

Reed hopes to preserve the South’s barbecue traditions by providing the home cook with recipes for many classic varieties of barbecue and for the side dishes, breads, and desserts that usually go with it. Featured meats range from Pan-Southern Pork Shoulder to Barbecued Chicken Two Ways to West Texas Beef Ribs, while rubs and sauces include Memphis Pork Rub, Piedmont Dip, and Lone Star Sauce and Mop.

John Shelton Reed lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Cofounder of the Campaign for Real Barbecue (, his many books include Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue, coauthored with Dale Volberg Reed.

Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell’s self-titled debut record, released last year by Paradise of Bachelors, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles.  While he's not playing gigs across the Triangle and the U.S., Jake works as a bookseller at Flyleaf. He also hosts the show Fall Line Radio out of Hillsborough's WHUP FM 104.7.






Event date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Barbecue: A Savor the South Cookbook (Savor the South Cookbooks) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469626703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - March 7th, 2016