Charles loves Brodus' Bar-B-Que in Groveland, Florida, with its mustard and tomato sauces, and Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que in Orlando. There he found strangers gathered at tables, wolfing down meat with red sauces ranging from mild to "psycho."
"You don't see these communal tables at any other kind of restaurant," he marvels. "Barbecue is the great equalizer. It cuts through society."
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