Barbecue Park

I was excited to read about the new “Barbecue Park” proposed for Rocky Mount. I think that the park should emblazon the immortal words of William Byrd of Westover over the entrance:

“The only business here is raising of hogs, which is managed with the least trouble, and affords the diet they are most fond of. The truth of it is, the inhabitants of North Carolina devour so much swine’s flesh, that it fills them full of gross humours.”

Byrd wrote this passage around 1730, proving that our appetite for barbecue goes back quite a while. Personally, I think that a few “gross humours” are a small price to pay for an excellently-prepared plate of pulled pork.