You know how much I like finding odd and unique taxonomies. I find it a little humorous and comforting to know that taxonomies exist in all parts of our lives, not just information science or biology.

Today’s gem is really an oversimplified taxonomy based on barbecue and feels appropriate considering the season.

It provides definitions, history and some anecdotes to bring perspective to the topic as well as a little irony. For instance, barbecue, though not an American invention, has been intertwined with American history since the beginning of the republic. When President George Washington oversaw the laying of the U.S. Capitol cornerstone in 1793, the assembled dignitaries celebrated the momentous occasion with barbecued ox.

This particular taxonomy also debunks some myths, such as the myth that outdoor cooking is man’s work. Women have always played a role in barbecue, and its history books are full of female accomplishment. In 1978, the first winner of the Memphis in May barbecue contest, one of the earliest and largest of the genre, was Bessie Lou Cathey.

This is but one example of many. In our house, I am the barbecue master. The only time my husband has anything to do with the grill is when I need the propane tank changed.

Melody K. Smith

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