Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue Across America explores how barbecue became one of the nation's most distinctive culinary arts. But Adrian Miller—admitted "cuehead" and longtime certified barbecue judge—asks why, in today's barbecue culture, don't African Americans get the love and recognition they deserve? In Black Smoke, Miller chronicles how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restaurateurs helped develop this cornerstone of American foodways and how they are coming into their own today. It's a smoke-filled story of Black perseverance, culinary innovation, and entrepreneurship. Miller celebrates and restores the faces and stories of the men and women who have influenced this American cuisine. This beautifully illustrated chronicle also features 22 barbecue recipes collected just for this book.