Univ. of Alabama professor awarded grant to study barbecue

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – A University of Alabama professor has received a grant that is sure to put him in hog heaven.

Dr. Josh Rothman was awarded an $18,000 grant to study barbecue.

The grant was awarded from the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Dr. Rothman plans to study how barbecue has become such a cultural phenomenon within Alabama.

While it sounds like an appetizing study, Dr. Rothman says there’s a lot of history involved.

“The easy joke would be that you go from restaurant to restaurant and you just report your finding, but in truth, barbecue, like anything else, has a history to it,” Rothman explained.

He hopes the research will draw more people to Alabama to sample of the famous food.

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