Sunday, December 7, 2008

The "Bus Driver"

Upon the groups behalf I would like to welcome you to the 'Southern BBQ Boys' Blog. You along with us, will embark on a journey around the Southeast during the month of January. Please tell your friends, family, and everyone in between about our trip and make sure that they stay updated. We will make posts daily, most of the time even uploading videos to YouTube and putting them on the blog for you to view. As you might already know our group contains four members. We will all be posting on this blog at our own discretion about what ever topic we feel is necessary at the time (and of course it will pertain to Barbecue in some way). I would like to begin my posting by giving a little description of myself, and my history with Barbecue:

Hi. I am the "Bus Driver." I am from Cullman, a rural city in North Alabama. My father is a veterinarian. He is originally from Cullman and has spent most of his life there. My mother is from Bristol, Tennessee. She moved to Alabama after she got married. My mom has fond memories of her relatives cooking a pig over a bonfire during special family get-togethers. My dad loves to cook and has always loved Barbecue. The reason that I chose this Interim is because (1) I know it would be fun! (I mean what other time in my life will I get to go eat and learn about Barbecue for almost a month) and (2) I really wanted to know more about something that has so much history and culture in the society that we are all apart of today.

Look forward to posting again soon!!

Bus Driver

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Our Contract was Approved!

Hey Folks

This is the first of many, many posts for our Birmingham-Southern Interim 2009 Independent Study: "Southern Barbecue 360': A Survey of Southern Barbecue through Food and Travel Writing". I know many family members, friends, 'Southern folks, and BBQ enthusiasts will be following our journey of pork across the South. If you are interested in our contract specifics, feel free to email us and we will send you a list of our academic material and assignments for this study. We are in the process of creating our trip itinerary so if you have any suggestions for your favorite BBQ spots, please let us know. Our journey will consist of the following states: AL, TN, GA, NC, SC (not in that particular order however). Also, if you know any relatives or friends who would be willing to house us, please contact us and we will promise a rack of ribs and good times for those willing to put up with 4 college students for a couple of days.

This trip is not cheap so if your heart (and stomach) calls you to donate or sponsor us on this trip, we would love you, sing for you, and probably come cook for you. We have had a couple of of offers already (If you do sponsor, we will put your name/logo on our shirts while we eat...just like Nascar and John Daly) and we will have YouTube updates frequently so your business/love for a member will be broadcast for the entire world. And yes, we will make it on some major media publication...just watch.

Again, any suggestions or general advice will much appreciated.


BBQ Boys

Art Richey, Matt Lee, Will Foster, Jeff Vaughan