The opening weekend of college football season is upon us and what fans do before the game is almost as important as the game, itself.
A professor at the University of Alabama is making it his job to study the ever popular tailgating center piece, barbeque.
Ribs, pork, and chicken, the options for barbeque in the south are vast. Thanks to an $18,000 grant, Dr. Joshua Rothman has the opportunity to find the history behind barbeque. He said, "The easy joke there would be that you go from restaurant to restaurant and you just report your findings. In truth there is, you know barbeque like anything else has a history to it."
Rothman is the director of the Summersell Center for Study of the South. He believes the preparation and sharing of barbeque is part of the southern culture. The professor added, "I grew up in the North and when I grew up there were not barbeque places in New York for example from what I remember. But now I go back to where my parents live and there are plenty of barbeque places scattered all over New York City. I think it's become a national phenomenon of late."
Along with two research assistants, the professor will dive deeper into the lifestyle of pride those have, who prepare the smoked meat. At the end of the research Rothman will publish his finding.