In the South, barbecue is a style of cooking as much as it is a way to cook.
How meats are prepared, what they're seasoned and smoked with, and how long they take can be the sources of great pride and super secrecy. Since we love barbecue here at Southern Living, we think of it as a great way to add flavor to any number of meats: from beef and pork to shrimp or chicken. Some people say it begins with the rub, while others say the sensation is in the sauce.
We love a Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce that is perfect for every taste. For perfect chicken, follow our recipe for Smoked Mojo Leg Quarters. A True Smoked Beef Brisket can become the basis for some incredible dishes including our Cowboy Brisket Sandwich. Here, it all starts with the Beef Rub. If you prefer something a little more unexpected, try some Barbecue Shrimp Cups. Back at the table, we'd suggest some Honey-Soy Appetizer Ribs for sticky-sweet sensations that get your guests wanting more. So stay over the grill, and keep those coals going: barbecue means having time to enjoy the day because the best 'cue takes its own sweet, smoky time.