The Politics of Barbecue


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Barbecue and politics have one thing in common: both can be messy. And nowhere is barbecue more famous or politics more strange than in Memphis, Tennessee. Pete Pigg is the owner of a popular Beale Street restaurant, the Pigg Pen, where customers ogle the "Pigglette" waitresses and toss gnawed-on pork bones into strategically placed buckets. Thanks to a quirk in the city's election laws, Pigg gets himself elected mayor by campaigning using schmaltzy slogans like "Nobody knows how to cut pork like Mr. Pigg." But Mayor Pigg ...

The Politics of Barbecue 2012, John F. Blair, Publisher, Winston-Salem, NC

ISBN-13: 9780895875853