Want a sure sign that barbecue is squarely in the mainstream and spreading across the country’s collective consciousness?  Here it is: Yesterday National Public Radio (also known as NPR) aired a story on barbecue (also known as BBQ, barbeque, Bar-B-Q, et al.).  I enjoy much of NPR’s reporting, but they tend to be embarrassingly out of touch when it comes to cultural trends, so you can pretty well conclude that barbecue became a fad 2-3 years ago if NPR has just discovered it.

The story chronicles the barbecue binge of a road trip undertaken by a young woman-chef and her father, who set out from New York to experience the joy that is southern cooking, with an emphasis on pork barbecue.  Someday I hope to experience such a magical experience with my pork-averse daughters.

Texas gets the most love from the barbecue pilgrims featured in the story, but Allen & Son in Chapel Hill and Lexington Barbecue #1 in, you guessed it, Lexington receive solid shout outs.