Competitive ‘cue: Blue ribbons and contradictions on the barbecue circuit

Twelve chicken thighs are removed from the pit. They are all identical—bones manicured, skin trimmed, dusted with seasoning. They’re dipped in a bowl of barbecue sauce, salted, and placed on a sheet of tinfoil. They look less like chicken than the polished knobs of a mahogany armoire. This chicken is perfect, but also, it’s not … [ Read more]

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